November 12, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Associate Professor of Biology Agnes Vanderpool has been named president of the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE).

ACUBE is a national association devoted to professional development and teaching excellence for biology educators in higher education. In her new role as president, Vanderpool will lead the organization forward in the implementation of a new strategic plan, designed to position ACUBE as the leading organization for professional development and teaching excellence for biology educators at the college and university levels in the United States.

Vanderpool joined ACUBE in 2007 and became a member of the organization’s steering committee within her first year of membership. She has served on the committee for three years, taking the role of secretary for the organization in 2009. Vanderpool played an integral role in the planning and oversight of the 55th annual ACUBE national meeting, which was held on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., in 2011. She was named president-elect in October 2012 and will serve as president of the organization through the fall of 2015.

ACUBE focuses on professional development for college and university biology teachers. Members of ACUBE share ideas and address the unique challenges of balancing teaching, research, advising, administration, assessment and service. The organization provides a supporting and mentoring community that delivers professional development opportunities to develop and recognize excellence in teaching, incubate new and innovative teaching ideas, involve student research in the biology curriculum and advise and mentor students in and out of the classroom. Additionally, ACUBE seeks to enhance scholarship through the publication of the nationally, peer-reviewed journal Bioscene.

Vanderpool joined the LMU faculty in 2003. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University and earned a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Maine before earning a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Tennessee. Vanderpool has served as a department chair and dean at LMU and currently serves as the director of the environmental science undergraduate program and as a research scientist at LMU’s Cumberland Mountain Research Center. She is the daughter of Isaac Vanderpool and the late Kathryn Vanderpool of Andersonville, Tenn. Vanderpool has a daughter, Penelope Stout, and resides in Harrogate with her partner Frank Hinson, where she is actively involved in community events. Vanderpool is a co-troop leader for the Harrogate Girl Scout Troop 20570, co-leader of the Cumberland Gap Service Unit for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, facilitator and trainer for new Girl Scout leaders, adult member and support for the Tri-State 4-H Horse Club and a volunteer with the AYSO soccer program in Harrogate.

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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