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The Public/Private Divide: A Conversation with Christian University Administrators at Public and Faith-based Universities

Session Abstract

Panelists have served in top administrative roles at public and private universities. They will reflect on their work as Christians in administration, challenges they faced to live authentically, and how they expressed their faith in their administrative roles. Keeping with the conference theme of “What Will Be Our Future?” they will also discuss ways to mentor Christian faculty and mid-level administrators for roles in upper administration.


Nancy Shankle, Associate Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M University System and Provost of the RELIS Academic Alliance, Convener

  • James Hallmark, Associate Vice Chancellor, The Texas A&M University System, Participant
  • Allison Garrett, Chancellor, Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, Participant
  • L. Randolph Lowry III, President Emeritus, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Robert Rhodes, Provost, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Bennie L. Harris, Chancellor, University of South Carolina, Upstate, Participant
  • Kathy Pulley, Professor Emeritus, Missouri State University, Participant
  • Joel Anderson, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Participant

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James Cone with conferee at the CSC in 2017

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David Brooks engaging conferees during breakfast at the CSC

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