LCU President Keith Ray announces retirement
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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]