Dr. Steven Lemley, Professor of Communication, has served in his role at LCU since 2012. He attended Lubbock Christian College for two years (1963-65) where he and his wife-to-be, Emily Young, met. The two transferred to Pepperdine University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history (1965-1969).
Following that, they moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he completed his Ph.D. in Communication at Ohio State University in 1972. After returning to California, he was employed by Pepperdine University as Associate Dean of Student Life and later as Dean of Student Life (1972-1978). He was invited to return to LCU to fill the office of Academic Vice President and Dean of the College (1978-1982) and was appointed President in 1982, filling that role for 11 years. In 1993, the Lemleys returned to southern California where Steve was Pepperdine’s Provost for seven years. He began full-time teaching in 2000. In 2012, he returned to Lubbock Christian University where he has continued teaching courses in Communication Theory, Communication and Conflict, Organizational Communication, Advanced Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis, and Communication in Life and Work.
His experience includes working as a welder’s helper in pipeline construction and a “roustabout” in an oil refinery in northwest New Mexico during the summers of his college days. He has served three churches in part-time ministry while living in California and Ohio.