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.
Prior to becoming an educator of college students, Brian Starr forged for himself a reputation in a variety of economic business endeavors.
His passion is teaching and witnessing the epiphany of students who finally "get it." His devotion and faith are seen in his daily interaction with peers as he continually gives credit to God for accomplishments and successes. His educational pursuits include a BS in Ag Business, an MA in Religion from ACU, and an MBA from the University of Texas. In the summer of 2009, he obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Economics from Texas Tech University.
Brian loves to go deep-sea fishing, and his typical catch of hundreds of pounds of great seafood keep his wife, Kristi, and their three children eating well on yellow fin tuna and a variety of other delicacies.
Al Roberts currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for LCU. He previously served as President of the LCU Foundation. Prior to that appointment, Roberts worked for 30 years in the telecommunications industry, leading teams in executive positions within Verizon, Qwest, and Century Link. Though not an LCU alumnus himself, Roberts was drawn into the community when his son Bryan played baseball as a student-athlete. Roberts served on the LCU Board of Trustees for five years.
Roberts attended the University of Kansas as a student-athlete and graduated with both his BS and MBA. After graduating, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy, and they have three children Jon, Bryan (’09) and Abby.
Dr. Foy Mills, Jr. (’80) came “home” to Lubbock Christian University in 2018 to serve as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at his undergraduate alma mater.
Dr. Mills began his professional career at LCU in 1981 as an instructor in agribusiness. In 1985, he was awarded a USDA-ARS National Needs Fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. at Texas Tech. Upon completion of his doctorate, he was named an assistant professor and extension agricultural economist at The University of Georgia, serving in that capacity for two years.
Mills returned to Texas in 1989 to begin a 23-year career at Abilene Christian University. Ten of those years, he served as chair of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He moved to Sam Houston State University in 2012, where he was professor and program leader of Agribusiness for six years. During his time in academia, he has also served the US and international peanut industry in research and leadership roles.
Dr. Mills is a national award-winning teacher, having been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Non-land-grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
In his professional career, Dr. Mills has produced 39 peer-reviewed publications, he has been invited to conduct workshops or speak at national conferences 12 times and he has made over 75 peer-reviewed presentations. His service to the peanut industry has resulted in over 75 proprietary reports with a comparable number of professional/industry presentations.
Mills has served in several national leadership roles and is currently President-Elect of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
Dr. Mills is married to Mitzi (Ayers) Mills (’80). He has two daughters, Whitney Mills Kasinger and Lindsey Mills Kennedy (’06), who along with their husbands, are parents to their six grandchildren.
Lisa Shacklett currently serves as the VP of Enrollment Management at LCU. Prior to this appointment, Lisa has applied her corporate sales foundation to various industries, resulting in proven growth in the nonprofit, academic and entrepreneurial arenas. Most recently, Lisa served as the Executive Director of Young Leaders Council, a nonprofit that trains young professionals for nonprofit board service, and owner of The Wedding Plate, a tabletop rental boutique, in Nashville, TN. Lisa's academic career prior to LCU was spent at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, where she served as Assistant Dean of Marketing and Enrollment for the graduate business programs and also Director of the Career Development Center. Lisa's love for the sales profession began in the early days of the telecommunications industry, and she has also worked in the elevator industry.
Lisa attended Lipscomb University and earned her BS in Marketing and MBA. She married her high school sweetheart, Roger, and they have two children, Shelby (Grayson) and Clark (Taylor) and will soon become first-time grandparents to twin girls.
Randal was appointed as Vice President for Student Life in 2007. He served the university in various roles including development officer, Director of Alumni Relations, and Dean of Students before assuming his current position. The Student Life area consists of the Dean of Students office, Residential Life, Recreational Life, University Counseling Center, University Medical Clinic, Campus Security, Chapel Records, and student involvement and organizations. Randal also serves as Student Senate sponsor. Randal is married to Sherri (Whitehead) ’88, and they have two sons, Calvin and Max.
After receiving his BSIS in Secondary Education from LCC in 1981, Karl Mahan began a successful 9-year career in teaching and coaching. He began teaching in the School of Education at LCU in 1990. In April of 2008, he was named VP of Technology Advancement. He earned his M.Ed. from ENMU in 1988 and his Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from TTU in 1996.
He has experienced numerous professional challenges and opportunities the past ~40 years. Many of those experiences center around the intersection of people and technology.
Karl and Annette's ('83) oldest son, Jake ('10), and daughter-in-law, Tori (Holloway) ('11 and MEd ‘15), are both LCU alumni. Their youngest son, Josh (‘14) and daughter-in-law Kaylee (Wilson) (’15 and MEd ‘18) are also alumni. Collectively the family has 8 degrees from LCC/LCU. Annette is an Assistant Professor of Education and has been with the School of Education at LCU since 1991. They both now enjoy the opportunities of spending time with their grandchildren.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Management at Sul Ross State University, Raymond Richardson began a 12 year career in banking with City Bank in Lubbock. He started as a teller and worked his way up to Vice President of Human Resources and Operations, the role he served when he left to begin a career with Lubbock Christian University.
He came to LCU as the Senior Director of Development for the LCU Foundation and Executive Director for a leadership center. In his time working with the LCU Foundation, Raymond demonstrated strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of LCU’s mission, and an ability to help others grasp the vision for LCU’s future.
In his current appointment as Vice President for University Advancement he oversees the staff and 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 decided to expand his leadership skills and pursue a Master's of Science in Leadership at LCU.
Raymond is married to Laci, who owns P31 Fitness franchises in Lubbock and the surrounding area and serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the women's LCU basketball team. They have two kids, Leah and Ryan, who both attend 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 loves to lead worship on campus and at Monterey Church of Christ where his family attends. His wife, Denise ('82), is the LCU bookstore manager. 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.
Serving as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Yvonne Harwood is the institutional accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Yvonne has been a higher education professional for almost 20 years, beginning at Texas Tech before coming to Lubbock Christian in 2011.
Yvonne completed her BA and MA in Philosophy at Texas Tech University and is currently a PhD candidate with TTU College of Education – Higher Education Research. While at Texas Tech she met her husband, Jon and they have three sons, Conner, Colin, and Cade.