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Richard W. Kulp, Sr

Dr. Kulp was born on November 4, 1943, in Norfolk, Virginia, and graduated from Palm Beach High School, West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1961. His professional life has been concentrated in three over-lapping areas: military, academic and consulting. After graduating from Florida State University in 1964 with a BS in mathematics, he entered the United States Air Force and served first as a mathematician and then entered flight school and received the aeronautical rating of navigator. Interspersed between flying tours, he completed the MS and Ph. D. degrees in mathematics with a specialty in mathematical statistics. Dr. Kulp retired from the Air Force in 1984 in the grade of lieutenant colonel.

His academic credentials include assistant and associate professorships at the School of Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and associate and full professorships at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. While at Lipscomb University, Dr. Kulp served as chair of the Department of Mathematics, Assistant Vice President for Quality and Institutional Effectiveness and as Vice President for Quality and Technology.

In addition to flying and academic duties, Dr. Kulp has maintained an active consulting practice, beginning with experimental design projects for NATO, the Air Force Materials Laboratory and the Air Force Human Factors Laboratory to statistical analysis of continuous manufacturing processes and, finally, to statistical auditing of taxpayer records. Dr. Kulp is a certified quality engineer and a fellow in the American Society for Quality.

Dr. Kulp is also a member of the Tullahoma Lions Club. Since joining the Tullahoma Lions Club in September, 2001, Lion Kulp has served as chair of several committees, 2 nd Vice President, President, Zone G chair, Region 4 Chair, Cabinet Secretary, 2 nd Vice District Governor, 1 st Vice District Governor, District Governor, MD-12 Council Chair and webmaster for the District 12-S website. The Tullahoma Lions Club presented him with the Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2009. Additionally, he has received three International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, the Leadership Medal and District Governor’s Excellence Award.

Dr. Kulp also serves the community outside of the Lions Club. He is a former member of the Industrial Board of Coffee County and an elder in the Wilson Avenue church of Christ, Tullahoma.

Dr. Kulp is married to the former Alice Faye Owens of Tullahoma. They have two adult sons and five grandchildren.

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