The president of Lipscomb University is one of 40 faith leaders who have been invited to sit in on a Thursday morning White House briefing on the nation's foreign policy in Iraq, according to the university.
Randolph Lowry, who has been university president for five years, was expected to meet with National Security Council officials and discuss specifics of the U.S. policy, which has shifted recently from combat operations to a training force for the Iraqi leadership and government infrastructure.
"I am honored to further expand Lipscomb’s involvement in national issues through this opportunity to meet with White House and NSC officials,” Lowry said in a news release. “Faith leaders in America have a great deal of insight and valuable experience we can share with our political leaders and military veterans.”
Lowry established the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb, as well as a program that provides free tuition to military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, granted they meet certain eligibility requirements. He has a long history in conflict resolution: In the mid-1980s, he established a dispute resolution program at Pepperdine University that was on the academic vanguard at the time.
During his tenure at Lipscomb, the university has seen a 33 percent increase in enrollment.