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  • Loran Livingston ('77)

    Loran Livingston ('77)

    The son of a North Carolina railroad worker, Loran Livingston grew up in Wadesboro, about 50 miles east of Charlotte. At the age of three his family joined the small congregation of L. L. Reeder and became members of the Church of God. It was at age of 7 that Loran first felt urgency toward God, but not until the spring semester of his freshman year at Lee, in 1971, did he have a conversion experience while sitting in the basement of Medlin Hall. Two days later, on March 28, he accepted his calling to be a minister.

    In the summer of 1973 he married a young woman that he first met at church youth camp, Sandra Weatherby, the daughter of Rev. G. E. Weatherby. Soon after, the two left Lee to accept a Youth Evangelism position and Loran finished his degree through continuing education. Loran and Sandra spent their early ministry as evangelists traveling the state of Ohio.

    It was in Ohio one evening in December of 1976 that Loran received a call from a group back in Charlotte asking him to minster the next Sunday. He did, and when that group called him every week for 3 months asking him to be their pastor he finally relented. In April 1977 Loran became the pastor of the newly formed 22-member Central Church.

    Thirty-five years later Central Church has 7300 members and is the largest North American congregation in the Church of God. Loran can be heard each Sunday on the international radio program Forward in Faith, and is a familiar favorite in Lee University chapel. He has served on the Church of God Executive Council and is currently serving as a member of the North Carolina State Council. He and Sandra have four daughters and five grandchildren.

    In 1991, Loran was named the Lee University Alumnus of the Year.

  • Brad Blackmon ('98)

    Brad Blackmon ('98)

    After finishing Lee with a BA in Communications and Public Relations, Brad went to work for a property management firm out of Chattanooga that took him to Madison, Wisconsin and Spartanburg, South Carolina. His skills as a motivator and team leader took him to the India based communications firm, Lowe Lintas, then to global advertising leader, Wunderman, where he oversaw the Microsoft account while living in London. Brad was promoted up through Wunderman finally reaching VP, Account Director at Washington based RTCRM, a subsidiary of Wunderman. One co-worker said of Brad, “He is a shining star in the agency world.”

    In 2010 he spent a year at the Chicago-based agency Draftfcb before being recruitedby advertising giant Ogilvy and Mather to lead a development team responsible for North American print, TV and web advertising for blue-chip client IBM. Today Brad lives in Manhattan, NY with his wife, April (Nicole) Daniels Balckmon (’99), and their son.

  • Herbert Parker ('80)

    Herbert Parker ('80)

    Herbert Parker began his career as a staff accountant at the global power and technology company ABB Group in Chattanooga.  For 28 years he was promoted through a series of positions of increasing responsibility. In 1994, he became Segment Controller for ABB China in Beijing.  In 1998 he was promoted to Vice President and Business Controller for ABB in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2002, Herbert was named Chief Financial Officer of the $12 billion global automation division based in Norwalk, CT.

    From 2008 to present Mr. Parker has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Harman International Industries Inc., a company that designs, manufactures, and markets audio products. In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Directors for TMS International Corp., North America's largest provider of industrial outsourced services to the steel industry.

    Herbert earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lee University.  He continued his education at Harvard Business School, completing the Executive Education program in Financial and Business Management and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.  In February 2009, the magazine, Black Enterprise, named Mr. Parker one of the most powerful corporate executives in America.  He currently lives in Weston, CT and is married and with two children, a 14 year old daughter and a 12 year old son.

  • Steve Dorman ('79)

    Steve Dorman ('79)

    When Steve finished Lee in 1979 he went on to complete his Master of Public Health and his doctorate in health education both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. From there he served for a year as a health education supervisor for the Onslow County Schools in Jacksonville, N.C. Following that position Steve accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science Education at the University of Florida in 1986. Two years later he became the Co-Director and founding faculty member of the Center for Cooperative Learning in Health Science Education at the University of Florida. In 2000, Texas A&M University recruited Steve as their Division Chair in Health and Safety before promoting him to Department Head in 2002. At A&M, Steve directed over 85 faculty, 30 support staff, and 65 graduate assistants with a total budget of $5 million. In 2006 the University of Florida lured Steve back to Gainesville as the Dean of Health and Human Performance where he works today.

    In June 2012 Steve was named the 11th president of Georgia College & State University. He is celebrated as a scholar and leader in the field of public health. In addition to being widely published in his field, Steve has also been honored in his role as an outstanding college administrator. Steve was the Lee University 2007 Alumnus of the Year.

  • Cyndi Joiner ('82)

    Cyndi Joiner ('82)

    After graduating from Lee with a BA in Communications, Cyndi earned an MBA from Pfeiffer University and completed the School of Negotiations program at Harvard. In the business world she quickly developed a reputation for saving money by rethinking how the purchase of goods and services could be streamlined at the corporate level. Eventually her talents were spotted by the global finance giant GMAC, now Ally Financial, where she saved the company more than $150 million. In 2004 she went to work for the Chicago-based Huron Consulting before being hired by the turnaround management specialists, Alvarez & Marsal. Today Cyndi is a Managing Director at A&M and a 15-year consulting veteran credited with saving companies more than $350 million..


    She and her husband, Randy (’80), live in Lawrenceville, Georgia.