Freed-Hardeman Names Executive Director for FHU/Dickson

APRIL 2, 2014

Freed-Hardeman University has tapped Richard “Red” McCaskill,
formerly of Milan, Tenn., to direct its programs at FHU/Dickson in the Renaissance Center.

McCaskill, an alumnus of FHU, began his work at Dickson April 1. He brings 15 years of community banking and sales experience to the position. In addition to his business experience, he has preached for a number of churches of Christ in West Tennessee.

McCaskill sees at least two challenges with his new position. “Hiring the best teachers and staff is of great importance,” he said. “The teachers who work with the students are the ones who will determine the success of this venture.”

In addition, he cites the importance of working with the Dickson community. “As FHU and the Renaissance Center merge, we want the community to see this as a single venture. We want to continue as much of the performing arts, technology and artisan focus as possible while adding four-year and graduate degrees to the program,” he said.

McCaskill’s experience includes serving as senior vice president and senior lender at the Bank of Milan and as vice president and community business banker at Regions Bank. He was also the pulpit minister at the Juno Church of Christ. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from FHU and a Master of Divinity from Harding School of Theology.

“Red will make an excellent addition to our community and to the work of Freed-Hardeman at the Renaissance Center. He is community oriented and committed to the mission of FHU,” Ted Williams, president and CEO of TriStar Bank as well as a member of the FHU Board of Trustees, said. “I look forward to working with him as he leads the Dickson campus in degree programs to the citizens of Dickson and providing several surrounding counties.”

The new director has a lifetime of experience with Freed-Hardeman, beginning when he was nine years old and first attended Mid-South Youth Camp. Since that time he has continued his involvement with the university through MSYC, Horizons, Alumni Board and the Advisory Board. His son Blake graduated from FHU in 2010. In addition, he and his wife Lorie, also an FHU alum, sponsor Nkosi Mpofu, an FHU student from Zimbabwe, who is scheduled to graduate in May. They consider him an “unofficial adopted son.” Another son, Brett, and his wife Kelley live in Milan, Tenn. The McCaskills also have a grandson Kaleb and a second grandson is expected soon. Red McCaskill is the son of the late Howard McCaskill and Sherry McCaskill Thomas of Henderson.

FHU will begin offering college classes at the Renaissance Center this fall. Initially, the university will offer courses leading to three degrees: Registered Nurse to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and a Bachelor of Science leading to elementary education licensure. At the graduate level, the program will include a Master of Science in mental health counseling, a Master of Arts in teaching and a Master of Education in instructional leadership. Online programs will include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, a Master of Ministry, a Master of Arts in New Testament and a Master of Divinity.