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LETU appointed to NCAA Division III Chancellors, Presidents Advisory Group

LONGVIEW, July 3, 2014-- LeTourneau University President Dale Lunsford was recently appointed to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group.

The NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellor Advisory Group advises and provides input to the fifteen members of the Division III Presidents Council, and facilitates communication from the Council to chancellor/president colleagues in their respective conferences/group of independents.

The NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellor Advisory Group consists of one chancellor or president from each Division III voting conference not currently represented on the Presidents Council or by a chancellor/president on the NCAA Management Council. His term of service on the committee will begin immediately and continue through the close of the January 2017 NCAA Convention.

“Unapologetically committed" to Christ-centered education and excellence on a global scale, LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford leads the university on its mission to claim "every workplace in every nation" for Christ.

Since he was inaugurated in 2007 as LeTourneau University's sixth president-after a national search by the Board of Trustees-the university has launched new undergraduate academic programs in:

  • civil engineering
  • worship arts
  • communication
  • criminal justice
  • network security

and new graduate programs in:

  • engineering
  • psychology
  • counseling
  • marriage and family therapy
  • health care administration

Under Dr. Lunsford's leadership, campus facilities have expanded to include:

  • The Paul & Betty Abbott Aviation Center at the East Texas Regional Airport
  • Corner Café student dining hall
  • Expansion of the Materials Joining Laboratory to become the largest free-standing welding engineering lab in the nation
  • Construction of the new 200-bed South Hall student residence
  • More than $1 million in renovations to the university's Athletic Village.
  • The recently opened 65,000-square-foot Anna Lee & Sidney Allen Family Student Center

Lunsford launched LETU's most comprehensive university-wide funding campaign to raise $27.5 million by December 2014. Additionally, he authorized two new centers on campus:

  • The Center for Faith & Work helps students and many others close the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work. Students discover the value of the work God has designed them to do as they define their calling and develop a vision to follow Christ at work. The center also helps churches and employers empower believers to live out a positive influence for Christ in their workplaces. 
  • The Center for Global Service Learning connects faculty and students with opportunities to solve global problems and social injustices. The number of international students on campus has grown significantly while faculty and staff are seizing opportunities for study and service learning outside the U.S.

Dr. Lunsford serves on the board of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) as treasurer and has presented at conferences for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). He was the 2012 president of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and marked his 28th year in higher education in 2013. An award-winning business professor and academic journal editor before joining The University of Texas system, the system's Tyler campus led the state in enrollment growth during his tenure as vice president there. Prior to his service at UT-Tyler, Lunsford was associate dean and director of undergraduate programs at the University of Tulsa's College of Business Administration. 

Lunsford began his teaching career as a graduate teaching associate at Oklahoma State University where he earned his doctorate in business administration. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Tulsa where he also taught, completing his tenure as associate professor of marketing. In 1999, he was a visiting scholar at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lunsford and his wife, Marsha, have two daughters and one granddaughter.

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