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About Our Organization
Lipscomb University
One University Park Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204
Telephone: 615.966.5251
Our Staff
Paul W. Stovall, CFP®
Director of Gift Planning

Paul began his Lipscomb career in May 2007 after 23 years in the insurance and investment industry. He graduated from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration. He became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner in 2003. He has been very active in community and charitable organizations through the years. He serves as song leader for the Maple Hill Church of Christ in Lebanon, TN. He and his wife, Lesa, have two children. In his role as CFP® and Director of Gift Planning, Paul is able to assist the donor in making the best use of income and estate tax law while helping to further our mission to educate and "equip each graduate for leadership in the home, church and community." He may be reached by email at, or by phone at 615.966.5251 or 800.333.4358 x5251.
Dr. Bennie L. Harris
Vice President for Development

Dr. Bennie Harris has served as Lipscomb University's Vice President of Development since May 2007. He came to Lipscomb from DePaul University in Chicago where he served as the assistant vice president for development and campaign director. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University, an MBA in strategic marketing from Washington State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Along with his leadership position at DePaul, Harris also served as the director for the Center for Human Rights at Washington State University, as interim and associate director of corporate and foundation relations at Washington State, and as senior director of development and external affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Harris has more than 15 years of experience in professional fundraising including annual giving, alumni relations, major gifts, planned giving, events management, government relations, corporate and foundations relations, advisory board support and marketing. He may be contacted by phone at 615.966.5687 or via e-mail at
J. Burton Williams
Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

J. Burton Williams, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, joined Lipscomb University in January 2011 as Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Williams manages the university's major gift and planned giving fundraising initiatives and assists with coordination of constituency-based fundraising strategies. Williams comes to Lipscomb after serving as associate vice president for university advancement at Freed-Hardeman University. His fundraising experience includes personally raising nearly $1 million annually from 2005 to 2010. Williams was instrumental in the successful completion of FHU's $80 million "Beyond Believe" campaign, including discovery of more than $47 million in planned gifts.Williams holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from FHU and a Master of Science in Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colo. He may be reached at 615.966.5561 or via email at