Jody M. Goins, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President for Administration

Lincoln Memorial University

Dr. Jody M. Goins joined Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in 2015 after serving in multiple leadership roles in K-12 public education. He was named Vice President in October 2017 and Executive Vice President in January 2021. Prior to his executive vice president appointment, Dr. Goins served in several roles including vice president and dean for enrollment and student affairs, assistant vice president for academic support, special assistant for academic affairs and instructor of education.

In his role as executive vice president for administration, Dr. Goins oversees and supports LMU’s  Enrollment (institution-wide), Student Affairs (Career Services, Accessible Education, Mental Health Counseling, Belonging & Engagement, Student Activities, FYE, Community Service), Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum, Residential Housing and Community Standards divisions. He also directs the University’s NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic department and the University’s on campus PreK-12 college preparatory academy, J. Frank White Academy.

Dr. Goins’ prior experience includes 10 years of serving in leadership roles in public education in the Oak Ridge, Knox County and Claiborne County school systems. His career in education began in 2004 at Oak Ridge High School where he was a world geography educator and an assistant boys’ basketball coach. In 2006, Dr. Goins was named associate head boys’ basketball coach, assistant athletic director and social studies teacher at Oak Ridge High School. A year later, he  served as Oak Ridge High School’s interim vice principal, associate head boys’ basketball coach and assistant athletic director. From 2009-2015, he served as principal at Oak Ridge High School (2009-2013), Knox Central High School (2014) and Claiborne High School (2015).

Dr. Goins holds a Doctor of Education degree in executive leadership, earned at LMU. He also earned from LMU a bachelor of arts in history, master of education in educational administration and supervision and an educational specialist degree in educational administration and supervision. Dr. Goins also holds a master of public administration degree earned at LMU. As an undergraduate at LMU, he played basketball and was LMU Student Athlete of the Year (B. Frank “Tex” Turner Award) and Student Humanitarian of the Year (Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award). Dr. Goins is a member of the President’s Executive Council and Cabinet. He also serves on the Board of Directors for LMU’s Arts in the Gap program, East Tennessee PBS and for the Museum of Appalachia. In 2010, Dr. Goins was named one of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

He resides in Speedwell, Tennessee, with his wife Ashley, and children, Jace, Jaxton,
Linkyn, and Juda.