A Lubbock native, President L. Timothy Perrin graduated summa cum laude from Lubbock Christian University in 1984 and cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1987. While still a law student, Perrin had two articles published in the Texas Tech Law Review, and he received the Outstanding Written Comment award, a rarity for someone not yet practicing law. These articles were the first of many pieces Perrin would later publish in his career.
Perrin began working as a trial attorney at Gary, Thomasson, Hall & Marks Professional Corporation in Corpus Christi immediately following his law school graduation. As a defense attorney for general civil litigations, Perrin defended corporations such as Koch Industries Inc., Caterpillar Inc., and the Corpus Christi Independent School District. In addition to serving as an attorney during his five years at the firm, Perrin helped establish and staff a law clinic for the homeless in Corpus Christi. In 1992 Perrin was asked to be a partner of Gary, Thomasson, Hall & Marks Professional Corporation. He declined the partnership to pursue an offer from Pepperdine University to be an associate professor of law.
Perrin began teaching law at Pepperdine in 1992. By 2003 he was asked to establish the foundation of Pepperdine University’s first Associate Provost. As Associate Provost, Perrin drew from his experience as a lawyer to co-write Pepperdine’s first code of ethics and to revise tenure policies. Perrin also served as co-advisor for Pepperdine’s mock trial teams from 1994-2007. As co-advisor, Perrin regularly led teams to receive highly competitive invitations to the Tournament of Champions. Perrin helped raise the profile of Pepperdine’s Trial Advocacy Program when his team won the Tournament of Champions in 2002.
In 2007 Perrin transitioned to establish another new position, Vice Dean of Pepperdine’s School of Law. Perrin worked under three deans from 2007-2012, managing the law school’s budget and staff. During his time as Vice Dean, Perrin helped see Pepperdine Law School’s ranking change from 99th to 49th in the US News & World Report for Best Law Schools.
Throughout his career as a professional and scholar, Perrin held a strong publication record. He has published more than fifteen articles in many of the top 25 Law Journals, including Notre Dame, Iowa, Emory, and Indiana law reviews. He co-wrote The Art & Science of Trial Advocacy, a book and teaching tool used across the country for trial advocacy. Perrin enjoys writing on evidence, trial practice and procedure, and faith and law. His writings are often cited by courts and lawyers.
The Perrin’s believe the greatest joy during their time at Pepperdine was hosting a Bible study in their home every Wednesday night. Since becoming President of Lubbock Christian University in 2012, LCU students have been the focus of Tim and Lucy’s work. Twice a semester the Perrin’s invite students to their home for dinner and fellowship.
Perrin was appointed the sixth president of LCU by the Board of Trustees in 2012. Since becoming president, Perrin has implemented gatherings, such as the faculty/staff President’s Forum and a monthly President’s Community Luncheon, so that LCU personnel and other community leaders may have insight on all the administrative decisions being made at LCU. Perrin has overseen the groundbreaking for the new Nursing Building as well as the erection of an Ebenezer stone on campus.
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 recently accepted a two-year position on the board of 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 five key qualities of the University. LCU strives to be authentically Christian, student centered, a welcoming community, thoughtfully engaged, and made up of scholars and co-discoverers.