Kathy E. Hargis, MBA, DRM

Associate Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance,
Lipscomb University

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Lipscomb University


Past President
Distinguished Risk Manager



Kathy Hargis is the Associate Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance for Lipscomb University, a position she has held since its inception in 2005. In her current role, she oversees the enterprise risk management duties for the university along with emergency management, business continuity planning, environmental health and safety, Title IX compliance and international security and safety. Hargis served as President of the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) in 2017 and has a member of URMIA’s Board of Directors since 2010. Hargis sits on numerous senior level committees within the institution. In October, 2018, Hargis received the Distinguished Risk Manager (DRM) award by URMIA. The Distinguished Risk Manager (DRM) Award is given to long-standing URMIA members in recognition of their professional accomplishments and leadership in the field of higher education risk management, as well as their extraordinary contributions to the association. Award recipients are nominated and selected by their URMIA peers for this singularly high honor. Hargis is a highly sought after speaker on risk management and compliance issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University and holds an MBA with a specialization in conflict management from Lipscomb University.