Turney Stevens

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C. Turney Stevens, Jr., (born c. 1950) is the dean emeritus of the College of Business at Lipscomb University, a private Christian university in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

Early life and education

Stevens was himself an alumnus of Lipscomb, graduating in 1972, and he earned an MBA at Vanderbilt University in 1981.


He worked as an investment banker for 35 years; he has cited Joe M. Rodgers (for whom he served as president of Rodgers Capital) as a mentor.[2] He also founded several Nashville-based companies including magazine publisher PlusMedia and investment bank Harpeth Capital.[3] Stevens joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2007, after his retirement from Harpeth,[4] and became dean in 2008.[5][6]

As dean, Stevens created the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity,[7] founded a student ethics program with the support of the Center for Public Trust,[8] established a lecture series featuring ethical business people, and offered ethics training to local corporate leaders. On the basis of these activities, Ethisphere magazine named him as one of "2009's 100 most influential people in business ethics".[9][10][11][12] In 2014, Stevens moved into an emeritus role, focusing on fundraising for the college.[13]


  1. Faculty profile, Lipscomb University, retrieved 2016-02-26.
  2. "Executive profile: NBJ talks with Turney Stevens", Nashville Business Journal, October 17, 2004.
  3. Duncan, Walker (October 26, 2007), "Harpeth Companies CEO Stevens retires", Nashville Post.
  4. "People: Former Harpeth Cos. CEO Stevens to join Lipscomb faculty", Nashville Post, December 20, 2007.
  5. Duncan, Walker (March 26, 2008), "Former Harpeth CEO to lead Lipscomb business school: Alum joined faculty last December", Nashville Post.
  6. Lee, Wendy (March 26, 2008), "Stevens takes over as dean of business school at Lipscomb", The Tennessean.
  7. Klein, Karen E. (December 30, 2008), "Making the Case for Business Ethics: Turney Stevens, dean of Lipscomb's College of Business, explains why it's important for leaders of small companies to do the right thing", BusinessWeek.
  8. "Lipscomb gets student ethics program", The Tennessean, December 28, 2009.
  9. "2009's 100 most influential people in business ethics", Ethisphere, December 16, 2009, archived from the original on January 6, 2010.
  10. "Nashville People in Business", The Tennessean, January 10, 2010.
  11. Ethisphere names Dean Turney Stevens one of business ethics most influential people, Lipscomb University, retrieved 2011-05-29.
  12. De Lombaerde, Geert (January 5, 2010), "Lipscomb dean named to biz ethics list", Nashville Post.
  13. Stevens becomes College of Business dean emeritus.