At Lubbock Christian University, our Administration has the task of making many decisions for the current and future operation of the university. They pray often for God's guidance in the decisions that they are making and keep people at the heart of their discussions and actions. As you will see from reading their profiles each of them come from varied backgrounds, bringing together a unique and harmonious blend of skill sets.
Serving as CFO, Tim Miller received his BA in Accounting from Freed Hardeman College in 1987 and earned his CPA (closed) while serving as an auditor in Nashville, TN. His experience (primarily in healthcare) over the last 36 years includes a broad array of analytics, financial modeling, budgeting, and leadership functions. His healthcare career started in 1995 as a corporate merger and acquisition analyst from where he moved to operations filling roles as Director of Finance and various VP roles with oversight of finance, accounting, revenue cycle, compliance, and managed care.
Tim and Dianne married in Jan 2021. Dianne is a healthcare consultant with extensive experience in HR, compliance and contracting. Tim admits freely that “she is way smarter” than he. They have 6 children and two granddaughters.
Dr. Kent Gallaher was appointed as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at LCU on July 1st, 2022. Prior to joining the LCU community, he has enjoyed faculty appointments at both Abilene Christian University and Lipscomb University. He has served in a wide array of leadership positions, most recently serving as Associate Dean for Strategy and Faculty Development in Lipscomb’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Gallaher is an award-winning educator who has received numerous prizes and recognitions for classroom teaching. He possesses a B.S. in Chemistry from Lipscomb University and both an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He and his wife Marsha married in 1985 and together have two adult sons and two beautiful daughters in law, Andrew & Chandelle and Austin & Michaela.
Serving as the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Yvonne Harwood is also the institutional accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Yvonne came to LCU in 2011. Prior to her current role she served LCU in other capacities including Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Director of the Center for Student Success, Title IX Coordinator, and SSS-Trio Grant Coordinator. Before coming to LCU she also served as an Associate Director for Student Financial Aid at TTU.
Yvonne completed her BA (‘01) and MA (‘04) in Philosophy and a PhD in Higher Education Research (‘21) through Texas Tech University. She met her husband Jon while working on her undergraduate degree at TTU and they have three sons, Conner, Colin, and Cade.
Randal Dement has been serving as Vice President for Student Life since 2007. His journey at LCU encompasses various roles, including Development Officer, Director of Alumni Relations, and Dean of Students, all leading to his current position. In his role, Randal oversees a broad spectrum of student-focused areas within the Student Life Office, including the Dean of Students Office, Residential Life, Counseling Center, Student Health Office, Public Safety, Student Involvement, Student Organizations, and he also serves as a Student Senate sponsor. Beyond Student Life, he is responsible for overseeing the Department of Facilities and serves as the Dining Services liaison between the contracted food service vendor and the university.
Randal is recognized for his wise counsel and his ability to manage his responsibilities with calmness. In 2022, he was honored with the Gordon Cargill Spirit of LCU Award, which recognizes a member of the LCU faculty or staff for exemplifying a servant's heart and encouraging spirit. Outside of his role at LCU, Randal serves as an elder at Monterey Church of Christ.
A proud LCU alumnus, Randal graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in Business Administration. In 2010, he earned his Master of Leadership from LCU. He is married to Sherri (Whitehead, '88) and they have two sons: Calvin ('21) and Max, who is currently an LCU student.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in business management at Sul Ross State University, Raymond Richardson began a career in banking with City Bank in Lubbock, Texas. He served as Vice President of Human Resources and Operations for twelve years.
He came to LCU in 2012 as the Senior Director of Development for the LCU Foundation. In 2014, Raymond became the Vice President for University Advancement which leads the operations of the University Advancement and Alumni Relations Offices. He knows LCU is blessed with alumni, friends, and supporters who believe in a faith-based higher education and his goals are to build upon existing relationships, prayerfully considering and prioritizing new opportunities to grow student-focused initiatives, and stewarding resources to advance the University.
In 2012, Raymond completed a Master of Science in Leadership at LCU.
He is married to Dr. Laci Richardson, who is a professor and program coordinator of Accounting at LCU. They have two kids: Leah, a current LCU student, and Ryan, a student at Lubbock Christian School.
A former student body president of LCU, Warren McNeill ('82) learned about the importance of putting together a team to accomplish a goal. Two important lessons that guide his decisions: do these people have the ability to contribute to a team effort, and do they have the skills to help reach the goal. As a former banker and financial consultant, Warren has found those lessons invaluable.
He came to LCU in 1994 as Director of Alumni Relations and later served as Director of Development, then as Director of Marketing. Warren now serves the university as the Vice President of University Relations. His education includes a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Ministry.
The efforts of his team in securing Colin Powell, Former President George W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice for the LCU Benefit Dinner Series have helped bring significant recognition to the university. The public relations and marketing team have also been instrumental in numerous marketing initiatives both on and off campus.
Until 2011 he used his gift of music to direct LCU's Best Friends singing group, and he appreciates the opportunity to lead worship on campus and at Monterey Church of Christ where his family attends. He is married to Denise (Whitlow), and she graduated from LCU in 1982. Their son, Jarred, and daughter-in-law, Kelsie, graduated from LCU in 2009, and their youngest son, Beau, graduated from LCU in 2013.
Becky Wilson is an alumna of LCU, serves as Assistant Vice President of Financial Assistance, and has been involved with financial aid for over 33 years. She began her career at LCU in 1984 in financial aid serving students for 14 years before going to Texas Tech University in 1998. She returned to LCU in 2017 and considers it a privilege to work with an incredible team of financial aid professionals in assisting students at LCU in funding their higher education goals.
She has been involved with National, Regional and Texas financial aid associations, serving in various capacities and received the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ (TASFAA) Hall of Fame award in 2015 recognizing her as an unsung hero. Creating a family business, Wilson’s husband, Marcus, is the managing director of financial aid at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and her daughter, Tia, was the financial aid director at LCU for more than 10 years.
Brenda Lowe serves as Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. With a wealth of experience in Human Resources, Brenda's journey began at Methodist Hospital, now part of Covenant Health System. She joined LCU in 1999. Outside of work, Brenda enjoys family life with her husband, Mike, an architect, their two children and their families. They are the proud grandparents to five grandchildren, who Brenda envisions as future Chaps!