L. Timothy Perrin was named the sixth president of Lubbock Christian University in June of 2012 by the LCU Board of Trustees. Perrin’s appointment represented a homecoming as he is an alumnus of LCU, having graduated in 1984 with a BA degree in history, and he is also the son of Les and Elaine Perrin, who were both beloved members of the LCU faculty for many years.
Under Perrin’s leadership, the university has developed a university-wide strategic plan, LCU 2020: Envisioning Our Future, and has launched a successful 60 million dollar capital campaign, 2020 Vision: The Campaign for Lubbock Christian University. The university has been recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research, added a study abroad program in Avila, Spain, and constructed more than 100,000 square feet of additional academic space on the LCU campus. The university successfully transitioned to NCAA Division II in the shortest time possible and won the national championship in women’s basketball in 2016 in its first year eligible for post-season play.
Before becoming LCU’s president, Perrin worked for two decades at Pepperdine University, where he served in both faculty and administrative positions. He served from 2003-07 as Associate Provost of the University before being named the inaugural Vice Dean of the School of Law, a position he held for five years. During Perrin’s service in this role, the law school moved from 99th to 49th in the US News rankings of American law schools.
During his tenure at Pepperdine, Perrin wrote widely about trial practice and procedure and the intersection of faith and the practice of law. His book, The Art and Science of Trial Advocacy, which he co-authored with two Pepperdine colleagues, is used as a text for trial advocacy courses. In addition, Perrin has authored or co-authored more than a dozen articles in leading law reviews, including Notre Dame, Iowa, Emory, and Indiana, among others, and has been cited by courts and commentators.
Perrin attended law school at Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1987. He was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an associate editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. Following law school, Perrin practiced general civil litigation in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the law firm of Gary, Thomasson, Hall, and Marks.
President Perrin is an active participant in the Lubbock community and in state-wide higher education issues. He currently serves on the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and he serves as an officer of the board for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), a non-profit association that serves as a voice for Texas’ fully accredited private colleges and universities.
Throughout his presidency, Perrin has focused on a few key priorities, including sustaining the University’s Christian mission, pursuing academic excellence, advancing LCU’s reputation, enhancing available resources, and strengthening the student experience. During the 2016-17 academic year, the University celebrated its 60th year of service to higher education, culminating with the publication of Pioneering Spirit, Extraordinary Faith, which is a collection of sixty essays about the University’s rich history.
Perrin is married to Lucy Leard Perrin, a 1986 graduate of LCU, and has three children, Hannah, Sam, and Will.