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LCU Mourns Loss of Early Pioneers: Percy Francis & Dr. Bruce Evans

Throughout the history of Lubbock Christian University, many faithful people have served as pioneers, leaving powerful legacies and positively influencing the university. In the past few days, the university lost two such iconic pioneers.

Percy Francis

Percy Francis working at then-LCCPercy Francis passed on Saturday, August 20.

Francis was the founding business manager (CFO) for then-Lubbock Christian College. He served in that role until 1970. He became the vice president of business services at Temple Junior College in 1973, a post he held until his retirement in 1993.

"He managed the college’s finances when the bank account was low—or even empty—in those very lean years," said Dr. Steven Lemley, fourth president of LCU. "He did much of his early work in an office with only modest clerical help. He found ways to meet the payroll, pay the bills, and maintain banking relationships that enabled the college’s survival in those years. His quiet and friendly manner and his clearly competent work were reassuring to all who worked with him."

Francis and his wife, Anne, served the university faithfully and were truly considered pioneers.

(Services for Percy Francis were held August 24 in Belton, TX.)

Dr. Bruce Evans

Dr. Bruce Evans passed away early Thursday, August 25.

In 1970, Evans was hired and appointed as then-LCC’s first chairman of the Teacher Education Division in 1970. He was also given the role of vice president for planning and institutional studies in 1971.  His primary responsibility was to guide the college’s progress from a two-year college into its four-year status. In June of 1972, Dr. Evans was named provost and chief executive officer.

Dr. Bruce Evans in his office at then-LCCDr. Bruce Evans in his office at then-LCCLCU graduated its first bachelor’s degrees in 1972, the result of the leadership of Dr. Evans.  He left in 1975 to receive his appointment as president of College of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., and later served in an administrative role at Abilene Christian University.

"He recruited faculty, designed curriculum, worked with the Texas Education Agency to be accredited; he brought expertise and good judgment that enabled the creation of a premier department in the new four-year baccalaureate program. His work was foundational to the widespread acceptance of our graduating teachers into the public schools in our city and our region," said Lemley.

Bruce Evans and his wife, Jane, served LCU and provided bold leadership during a pivotal period in the university’s journey.

(Services for Dr. Bruce Evans were in Abilene at Southern Hills Church of Christ in the afternoon of Saturday, August 27.)

"As a University, we honor them both with thanksgiving for their lives and work—they are among those in our history about whom it can be asked, “Where would we be now had they not stepped forward with their courage, expertise, faith, and good judgment, giving themselves to the cause of Christian education in their time and in this place?”

-Dr. Steven Lemley

LCU joins in prayer for the Francis and Evans families as they mourn, asking God’s blessings on them and giving thanks for their tremendous legacies.