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Lipscomb University celebrates 90th birthday of longtime employee McKelvey

Kelleigh Michanichou

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NASHVILLE, TN — Lipscomb University celebrates Carl McKelvey’s 90th birthday. The longtime employee also began his 64th year of work at Lipscomb.

While higher education has changed over the last several decades, one thing is still constant. That’s the presence of Carl McKelvey in Lipscomb University.

Dr. McKelvey has been an employee of Lipscomb since 1958. He served as the Center for Spiritual Renewal director, which he has done since May 2002.

In this work, he conducts Bible studies with groups of Lipscomb faculty and local church leaders. He also provides spiritual mentorship to many.

McKelvey graduated from Lipscomb in 1953. After college, McKelvey preached for several congregations before being appointed education director at Nashville’s Vultee Church of Christ.

McKelvey was appointed instructor in religious education at Lipscomb after receiving his Master of Arts degree from Scarritt College in 1958 before promoted to assistant professor in 1961. After he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1969, McKelvey was appointed associate professor at Lipscomb. Then in 1982, he achieved the rank of full professor of the Bible.

In 1970, the Nashville native moved into administration at Lipscomb and continued in his faculty position. McKelvey served as dean of men and dean of students, serving in that role until he was appointed the president for campus affairs in 1977.

As president of campus affairs, Dr. McKelvey oversaw all on-campus activities, including the Lipscomb athletics department. Former president Harold Hazelip then appointed McKelvey senior vice president in 1992 before advancing to executive vice president for administration two years later.

On May 1, 2002, McKelvey retired from his administrative role. He returned in a part-time capacity to lead Lipscomb’s Center for Spiritual Renewal.

Carl and Joyce McKelvey, his wife of 70 years, have three children: daughters Shearon Sarver and Ginger Santiago, who recently retired from Lipscomb’s Business Office; and a son, Carl. The McKelveys also have several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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