Meet Memphis CP Lori Spencer
Oct. 28, 2016
2015 Concorde Campus of the Year. There’s only one of Concorde’s 16 health care career college campuses across the U.S. that can make that claim. And, for this installment of “Meet Your Campus Presidents,” we are going to get to know a bit more about the president of that campus, Concorde Career College – Memphis Campus President (CP) Lori Spencer, M. Ed.
We’ll learn how Lori actually got her start in education as a piano teacher and how that turned into a love of teaching others and leading a health care career college. We’ll learn how she gains strength through her faith, her background spinning records and an affinity for “strange things.”
Meet Concorde – Memphis CP Lori Spencer.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A CONCORDE CP?
My career in education began in 1979 after opening a private piano studio at the age of 15. Many of my parents’ friends signed their children up for piano lessons, and I taught them every Saturday throughout my high school and college years. I learned during this time that I enjoyed helping others learn new things, and the desire to become an educator flourished.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music education, I worked in the public school system. Later, I obtained my master’s degree and taught in the regular classroom.
While serving in various roles during my teaching career, I worked in various administrative roles and received opportunities to lead my peers and colleagues. The experiences I gained as an educator and administrator opened the door for my first role with Concorde Career College in 1997 as an Academic Dean. I used the various skills I had obtained over the years and the knowledge base I gained to grow an academic department from three programs to the 20 currently offered.
Opportunities continued by serving as an understudy of a successful campus president who allowed me to participate in more than academics. I worked with regulatory boards, served on community committees, acted as the liaison for the institutional accreditor and assisted with various president reports. After 15 years as Academic Dean, I was promoted to Director of Operations, then to Assistant Campus President and finally Campus President in 2015.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST PART OF BEING A CAMPUS PRESIDENT?
The best part of being Campus President is the ability to not only put to good use all that I have learned throughout the years, but to be able to continue to serve my first love … those who want to learn.
WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THE MEMPHIS CAMPUS STAND OUT FOR ITS STUDENTS?
Strong positive relationships are always an important part of keeping family together. We see our students and staff as one big family. Families don’t always get along or agree, but they always support each other when they need each other the most. The Concorde family is often reminded of this when the “business” takes over. There is always a student or staff member who needs a hug or someone to talk to that we are able to reach and when their trouble is lightened, even a little, because of our love, we celebrate the victory.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WERE EVER GIVEN?
Stay strong in your faith because when life gets more than you can handle, you will always have a stronger power holding you … it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains.
WHAT’S A FAVORITE TV SHOW, RECENT MOVIE YOU’VE SEEN OR BOOK YOU’VE READ?
TV show … Stranger Things.
WHAT’S A HIDDEN TALENT, FAVORITE HOBBY OR LITTLE-KNOWN FACT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I worked one summer as a DJ at WSAO-AM1140 for fun.