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LCU Presidential Search

Message from the Chair

Some eight years ago, we prayed for God to lead us in our search for a university president. We owe a debt of gratitude for President Perrin’s outstanding leadership, and we are confident that God will continue to bless and provide for Lubbock Christian University as we do His good work on our campus.  

We have experienced great momentum and progress on so many fronts over the past several years. The board of trustees has been amazed at how God has worked in and through the faculty, staff, and students of the university to accomplish initiatives of great significance. We know that you have been diligent in your efforts in the past and that you will continue in your diligence.

As we search for the next president for the university, we have faith God will once again bless us beyond anything we could ask or imagine as we seek His guidance and providence for the future of Lubbock Christian University.

On Behalf of the Board,

Terry Creech (’81)
Chair

Mission

Lubbock Christian University is a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service.

Vision

Lubbock Christian University will be a leading Christian university, known for its academic excellence and its commitment to faith that seeks understanding, where wisdom is pursued, vocation is discerned, and service is fostered.

Heritage of Faith

Lubbock Christian University was founded in 1957 by members of the Churches of Christ who came together to establish a Christian University on the South Plains for the purpose of preparing and equipping students for lives of Christian service. The university is committed to continuing to walk with, to serve, and to be sustained by that fellowship. We welcome and embrace all of our students who come to the university from many different faith backgrounds and perspectives, each of them a precious creation of God. As part of a tradition that grew out of a deep commitment to Christian unity and the renewing power of the Word, our hope and prayer is that the university will be a force for reconciliation, consistent with the best instincts of our heritage.

About Lubbock Christian University

At LCU, students are welcomed like family into a distinctly Christian community where professors know students’ names. While LCU offers more than 60 undergraduate and 15 master’s programs, it’s more than simply a place to earn a degree; it’s also committed to growing excellence, integrity, and character.

LCU prepares its students for success through a transformative educational experience where wisdom is pursued, vocation is discerned, and service is fostered. Small classes allow LCU to offer a wide range of enriching and personal experiences such as undergraduate research projects alongside professor mentors. The Honors College offers small seminars, research assistantships, cultural-enrichment opportunities, an immersive study-abroad program, and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. in partnership with The Washington Center.

Students participate in a variety of organizations and social clubs that provide fellowship and a heightened sense of community. There are many options for domestic and international travel, musical ensembles, theatrical productions, and intramural sports.

LCU’s athletic teams are members of Division II of the NCAA, and all programs annually compete at the national level—including women’s basketball winning the 2016 and 2019 National Championships.

Identity and ValuesWe seek to be authentically Christian, guided by our Christian faith in every dimension of our life as a community of higher learning.

  • We are committed to students, passionately seeking to provide a transformative educational experience.
  • We are scholars and co-discoverers, guided by Christian wisdom while diligently seeking the truth in every discipline.
  • We are a welcoming community, embodying a spirit of hospitality in every aspect of our life together.
  • We are thoughtfully engaged, committed to serving as agents, models, and witnesses of the Kingdom of God in our families, churches, and communities.
  • We pursue the highest standards of excellence, “working with all our hearts, as working for the Lord,” and seeking to glorify God in everything we do.
  • We act with integrity, striving to discern right from wrong, speaking the truth, and keeping our commitments.
  • We treat others with dignity and respect, valuing each person as one made in God’s image.

Search Committee Members

Bill Bundy Committee Chair, Board Member
Melisa Roberts Board Secretary-Treasurer
Tia Clary Board Member
Linda Gaither Board Member
George Lamberth Board Vice-Chair
Quentin Mimms Board Member
Ken Stephenson Board Member
Randal Dement Vice President of Student Affairs
Laurie Doyle Chair, Department of Comm Fine Arts
Gonzalo Ramirez President, Faculty Senate
Yvonne Harwood Assistant Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness
Andy Laughlin Chair, Natural Sciences Department
Raymond Richardson Vice President of University Advancement

Undergraduate Research

The university is home to the Rhodes Family Institute of Undergraduate Research which is central to an effort to formalize the natural phenomenon of “co-discovery“ that has taken place between LCU faculty and students for many years. Research spanning across all disciplines has been highlighted by a 10-year record of having large cohorts of students presenting at National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). In spring 2019, 16 students were invited to present at NCUR and were accompanied by 11 faculty mentors.  Presentations included “John Philip Sousa: America’s First King” by Landon Camp; “Woman and their Appointments to Boards in Higher Education” by Brittany Michaleson; and “Isolation and Characterization of Sucralose Metabolizing Microorganisms” by Mary Woody. 

Teacher and student working with chemicals

Athletics

LCU Athletics has a long tradition of competition. While members of the NAIA, university teams garnered 14 National Championships, many in track and cross country, two in Baseball in 1983 and 2009, and one in women’s softball during its inaugural season on the campus in 2008.

The University transitioned to NCAA Division II in the shortest time possible, adding competitive cheer, and winning two national championships in women's basketball—one in 2016 and again this past spring in 2019.

As the fall 2019 season began, the Chaps and Lady Chaps are now competing in the Lone Star Conference—one of the nation's toughest NCAA Div II conferences.

Interim Leadership Team

Al Roberts, Dr. Brian Starr and Dr. Foy Mills

The Lubbock Christian University Board of Trustees announced the appointment of the Interim Leadership Team that will lead the university while a new president is identified through a national search.

The Interim Leadership Team will consist of Al Roberts, who has been President of the LCU Foundation and former member of the LCU Board of Trustees; Dr. Foy Mills, Provost and Chief Academic Officer; and Dr. Brian Starr, Executive Vice President. Their leadership experience, commitment to LCU’s mission, deep Christian faith, and understanding of LCU’s challenges and opportunities combine to make them clear choices for this team. With Al Roberts serving as lead respondent, the ILT will be working very closely together to manage the university’s daily operations, serving until the search process is concluded and a new president is appointed.

LCU is experiencing significant momentum. In 2016 the university launched the 2020 Vision Campaign, the largest in LCU’s history, and it has raised $70 million to date in gifts and pledges, exceeding the victory goal of $60 million. The success of the campaign has led to the addition of more than 100,000 square feet of academic space to the campus, including the Margaret Talkington Center for Nursing Education, the James and Jeanette Ling Science Center, and the Christa Dobbs Center for Business. The university’s permanent endowment has more than doubled since 2012, providing enhanced support for student scholarships.

"The board is grateful for the ways God has worked in and through the faculty, staff, and students of the university to accomplish initiatives of great significance,” stated Board of Trustee Chair, Terry Creech. “We are experiencing great momentum at the university, and we have great confidence in the leadership skills and wisdom of the individuals named to this leadership team."

Applications and Nominations

Although applications will be accepted until the time that a new president is appointed, candidates should submit application materials consisting of a CV and a letter of interest addressed to the Lubbock Christian University Presidential Search Committee by November 4, 2019 for most favorable consideration. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should be submitted to LCUpresident@carterbaldwin.com. Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to:

Bill Peterson

Partner
678.448.0013
bpeterson@carterbaldwin.com

Scott Tanksley

Consultant
678.448.0008
stanksley@carterbaldwin.com