February 14, 2013 - The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) undergraduate student body will gather on Tuesday, February 19, for Spring Convocation where LMU alumnus and Oak Ridge High School principal Jody Goins will speak about the interwoven topics of leadership, black history month and his experiences as an alumnus of LMU.

The University hosts convocation twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, to celebrate the dawning of new academic semesters. The program will take place at Tex Turner Arena at 9:30 a.m. It is open to the public. All residential undergraduate students are required to attend as well as commuter students in class during that time.

Goins, a native of Claiborne County, graduated from Clinton High School and attended LMU where he played basketball. He was named the B. Frank Tex Turner Student-Athlete of the Year in 2004 and received the LMU Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Humanitarian Award that same year. He embarked on a teaching career after graduation, teaching world geography at Oak Ridge High School and serving as assistant basketball coach. He went on to become vice principal at Oak Ridge High School in 2007. In 2009, he was promoted to principal, becoming the youngest principal in the state.

Goins was recognized as one of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” rising stars in leadership and was named the R. Martin Peters Lincoln Memorial University Young Alumnus of the Year in 2011. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge and the Lead Block, and has also been active in the Young Professionals of Oak Ridge, Young Professionals of Knoxville and the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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