Lubbock Christian University Chancellor, Dr. L. Ken Jones, has been appointed to lead the LCU Foundation, the university announced on Monday. Dr. Jones, who served as president of the university from 1993-2011 and as chancellor since that time, was directly involved in the development of the Foundation in 2010 and has served on the LCU Foundation board since its founding.
In making the announcement, President L. Timothy Perrin commented: “I’m deeply grateful to Dr. Jones for his willingness to serve in this vital role. He knows LCU, and he brings a deep understanding of the Foundation’s purpose and vision.”
Jones succeeds founding president of the Foundation, David Pruett, who has accepted a position with the Lanier Law Firm in Houston where he will serve as Executive Director of the Lanier Foundation.
“Lubbock Christian University Foundation has been a significant blessing to the University. David Pruett has done wonderful work of advancing the University through his leadership,” said Jones. “I am honored to continue this work he has started.”
During Pruett’s time with the university he achieved key strategic priorities for LCU. He successfully secured a ten million dollar gift from the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation for the construction of the new nursing building on the university’s campus. He played an important role in numerous other initiatives, including fundraising for a new science building and development of the Leadership Center.
“In countless ways, David Pruett has advanced LCU’s mission by strengthening relationships, creating strategic partnerships, and building enduring friendships,” explained LCU President Tim Perrin. “He will be greatly missed, and we wish him every success in his new role.”
In addition, Perrin announced the appointment of Raymond Richardson as Vice President for University Advancement. He previously served as Senior Director of Development for the LCU Foundation. In this role, Richardson will oversee the staff and operations of the University Advancement and Alumni Relations Offices and will develop relationships and resources for the strategic growth and development of LCU. Before joining LCU, he served as Vice President of Human Resources and Operations with City Bank.
“Lubbock Christian University is incredibly blessed with alumni, friends, and supporters who believe in a faith-based higher education,” comments Richardson. “Our goals will include building upon existing relationships, prayerfully considering and prioritizing new opportunities to grow student-focused initiatives, and stewarding resources to advance the University, all while honoring our faith heritage.”
“In his time working with the LCU Foundation, Raymond demonstrated strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of LCU’s mission, and a wonderful ability to help others grasp our vision for LCU’s future,” expanded Perrin. “I’m confident he will build on advancement’s already strong foundation and look forward to working with him to achieve the university’s ambitious goals.”
John King has been appointed Senior Vice President of University Relations. King’s responsibilities will include raising major gifts for the university and coordinating planned giving efforts.
President Perrin expressed his gratitude for King’s remarkable legacy of service to LCU and his willingness to step into this position at such a critical time in LCU’s history. “During his more than forty years of faithful service to LCU, John King has planted many seeds and made untold thousands of friends on behalf of LCU,” says Perrin. “In this role, John will be able to continue—and extend—his friend-raising efforts on behalf of the university.”
“LCU’s greatest strength has always been its people – men and women who share a deep commitment to the university’s mission of changing lives,” summarized Perrin. “We believe that our future is full of great promise and hope as together we passionately pursue that mission.”