Dr. Philip Coyle was named provost and executive vice president in July 2011. Prior to this role, from 2002 to 2011, Dr. Coyle served as the academic dean and chief academic officer of Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. He served as the department chairman and professor of psychology and counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1989 to 2002, overseeing master’s and doctoral degree programs in psychology, marriage and family therapy, divinity, and pastoral care and counseling. He has also taught at the William Carey University School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Latin-American University of Ambato, Ecuador.
Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Dr. Coyle received a B.A. degree in psychology and business from Memphis State University. He received master’s degrees in religious education, and marriage & family therapy, a doctor of education degree in counseling, and a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister and has served on two church staffs as minister of family life and counseling.
Dr. Coyle is a licensed as both a professional counselor and a marriage and family therapist. He has provided over 40,000 hours of direct counseling services to couples, families, groups, and individuals. He has also directed several human services programs such as outpatient clinics, a foster care program, private counseling practices, and hospital pastoral care departments. He was commissioned as a United States Air Force Officer in 1981. He has been married for more than 30 years to Judi, who is also a marriage and family therapist. They have two grown sons, Chris, a service technician for Longview Cable, and Andrew, a law student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.
Dr. Coyle’s research focuses on healthy family functioning with particular emphasis on the structural, behavioral, and process characteristics of well-functioning families and couples. He has much passion and energy for the teaching profession, neighborhood revitalization, and experiencing transformation and renewal in people, relationships, and institutions. “Much of our life is skewed toward pathology, yet we have so much to celebrate, so much potential to be transformed – to be fully alive in Christ.” Dr. Coyle’s life work and passions fit well with the vision statement: “LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.”