LCU President Keith Ray announces retirement

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[October 15, 2013]  Lincoln Christian University on Monday shared the news that Keith Ray has decided to retire from his position as university president. Below is a copy of the text sent via email by the university board chair, Gene Harker.


At the October Board meeting, President Keith Ray announced his retirement from higher education. Effective May 31, 2014, President Ray will step down from his role as president of Lincoln Christian University.

We are grateful for his 16 years of exemplary service to LCU. He has faithfully honored God in his efforts and consistently worked to advance the Kingdom in his relentless pursuit of excellence. Under his guidance, our university has prospered. He reduced operational debt by more than 50%, increased gift income by 85%, and almost tripled our school’s endowment. He led the largest campus renovation and expansion in our history, adding a new maintenance facility, athletic center, and women’s residence hall. He also launched the highly successful Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies. As a direct result of President Ray’s leadership, LCU is on mission—a vibrant community wholeheartedly nurturing and equipping Christians to serve and lead.

President Ray will be missed. He has been God’s leader for a very special time in our history. He has led well and is leaving well. Our schools are positioned for a bright future. He is a good friend and an able leader who has invested wholeheartedly in support of our mission. His impact is aptly described in Philemon 7: For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

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We wish President Ray and his family well.

As a friend of LCU, we want you to know the search process is already underway. We ask for your prayers and invite your input as we, on your behalf and as stewards of your trust, embark on the search for a president to lead our schools. Please direct any comments or questions to Gene Harker. For frequent updates, follow the search on twitter @LCUsearch.

We anticipate a great future for our university, knowing our Leader will guide us to the right leader.

Gene Harker, Chair
The Board of Trustees
Lincoln Christian University 

[Text from file received from Lincoln Christian University]


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