Keith H. Ray Recognized for Distinguished Service to LCU
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[June 26, 2014]
LINCOLN - Dr. Keith H. Ray was the
surprised recipient of Lincoln Christian Universityís Distinguished
Service Award on Friday, May 16, 2014. Dr. Ray retired from
Christian higher education on May 31, after completing 16 years as
president of LCU.
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the University
to recognize and honor individuals and entities whose consistent,
ongoing work in area communities has significantly impacted the
people they serve. Dr. Keith H. Ray was the outstanding 2014
recipient, reflecting a truly remarkable presidential career from
A look at the milestones reached during Dr. Rayís presidency
demonstrates his advancement of the Kingdom, and relentless pursuit
of excellence. Under his administration, Lincoln Christian
- Reduced its operational debt by more than 50%, increased
gift income by 85%, and almost tripled its endowment.
- Experienced the largest campus renovation and expansion in
its history, adding a new maintenance facility, athletic center,
and womenís residence hall.
- Managed the name change from Lincoln Christian College &
Seminary to Lincoln Christian University (2009).
- Launched the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies
- Led a broad-based branding effort (2009).
- Added numerous academic programs between 2003 and 2013, with
extension sites in Las Vegas, Indianapolis, and Normal, IL,
where bachelorís, masterís, and seminary degree programs are
- Established LCUís China Institute in partnership with the
American Chinese Civic Exchange (2012).
Dr. Ray was not only LCUís president, but a preacher and
theologian who dug deeply into Godís Word and shared his discoveries
and insight through preaching and teaching. He was also a pastor who
loved the church and served Godís people through mentoring. His
presidential leadership at LCU was fruitful because he honored God
first, in every endeavor.
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As a direct result of President Rayís leadership, LCU
continues to be a vibrant, Christian, higher education community
that nurtures and equips Christians to serve and lead in the
church and the world. The future of Lincoln Christian University
remains bright because of his wholehearted commitment to its
mission. Dr. Rayís love for Christ, the role of education, and
the potential of students has fueled his ministry for nearly 25
Prior to assuming the presidency at LCU in 1998, Dr.
Ray served as dean of students at Dallas Christian College and later
as their president for four years. The Board of Trustees,
administration, faculty, staff, and students of Lincoln Christian
University expressed their deep gratitude to the president with the
Lincoln Christian University is celebrating its 70th anniversary in
2014. The Universityís ongoing mission is to equip Christians to
serve and lead in the church, the workplace, and the world. LCU
offers a variety of degree programs for undergraduate, graduate and
seminary students. Classes are offered on campus, at extension sites
and online. To learn more visit
[Text received; CHRISTINE THOMAS,
LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY]
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