Provided by Lubbock Christian University
LUBBOCK, TX - The Lubbock Christian Board of Trustees has named a new university president. At a press conference earlier today, LCU Chancellor Ken Jones announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees that Pepperdine School of Law Vice Dean, Tim Perrin, J.D., will be Lubbock Christian University's sixth president.
The Board of Trustees' decision comes after a year-long prayerful and diligent process which led to excellent nominations and candidates. Perrin will begin his responsibilities as president on June 1, 2012, at which time Dr. Jones will hand the CEO responsibilities over to Perrin and serve exclusively as chancellor.
"I am excited about the new president and am delighted with his selection by the board," said Dr. Ken Jones, LCU Chancellor, "I believe the future is exceedingly bright because of this choice and because God's hand has been at work in bringing Lubbock Christian University just the right person for this time in our history."
Perrin has a distinguished career in academia as a professor and university administrator, often called upon by national news outlets for counsel on law-related topics. After graduating from LCU in 1984 and the Texas Tech School of Law in 1987, he was a trial attorney in Corpus Christi, with a litigation practice in both state and federal courts. In 1992, he began his academic career at Pepperdine University where he has held the posts of Professor of Law, Associate Provost, and Vice Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. Perrin's scholarship has resulted in his authoring numerous articles in leading law journals and co-authoring a treatise on trial advocacy, as well as a collection of case files for use in trial practice courses. He has also participated in the Pepperdine Juvenile Justice project in Uganda assisting teens who are awaiting trial, and he has been very active in his community and church.
"Tim Perrin is an outstanding choice to lead Lubbock Christian University in the years ahead," said David Davenport, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the former president of Pepperdine University. "He is a committed Christian leader and family man, an excellent scholar and teacher, and has the experience and energy to be a great college president."
Perrin's professional credentials are significant, paling only slightly to his genuine love for LCU, which is deeply embedded in the foundation of the university. Growing up the son of LCU faculty members in the early years, he saw how his parents, Les and Elaine Perrin, invested themselves to make a difference in the lives of students. As a varsity athlete and student government representative, he experienced the truly unique, life-changing LCU experience.
"I am deeply honored and privileged to be asked to serve as the sixth president of Lubbock Christian University. I eagerly anticipate working with the talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and students and connecting with loyal alumni and friends as together we seek to build on the remarkable legacy of faithful leadership of Dr. Ken Jones," states President-Elect Perrin. "LCU is a place where students are prepared and equipped for greater service in the world—lives are changed!—and Lucy and I feel most fortunate to be called to return to our alma mater to join in this grand enterprise."
Perrin's keen ability as a leader has been evidenced as a professor and a university administrator. His ability to pass on his love of learning in the class room, where he considers himself a co-discoverer with students, has been a key factor for his success as a university administrator. "It is all about the students," is a mantra that has been at the heart of Perrin's successful 20-year career in the university setting.
"Tim Perrin's leadership qualities and experience have prepared him to be the perfect choice for Lubbock Christian University's sixth president," said Dr. Steve Eckman, President of York College and former LCU Dean of Students while Perrin was a student.
Perrin is returning to Lubbock, where he was born and raised. He and his wife, Lucy, also an alumnus of Lubbock Christian University, have three children – Hannah and Sam, who are Pepperdine University students, and Will who is in high school.
"Tim and Lucy Perrin and their wonderful children are the very model of a committed and loving Christian family," said Pepperdine University School of Law Professor, Thomas G. Bost. "Tim is an inspiration and popular teacher and a hard-working, caring and effective administrator."
A year ago Dr. Jones assumed the role of LCU Chancellor, while remaining as the active CEO, after he expressed to the LCU Board his desire to step down as president at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year. The board chose to appoint him as Chancellor, and have him retain the CEO responsibilities. Upon the appointment of a new president, the CEO duties for the day to day operations of the university would be transferred from Jones to the new president.
In the Chancellor's role, Dr. Jones will strategically represent the university in a public way, spending more time advancing LCU through presentations on effective leadership to business leaders, community leaders and church leaders. He will take an active role in the newly established LCU Foundation and will be integral in maintaining key external relationships that already exist as well as cultivating new friends for the university.
Last February, after Jones assumed the Chancellorship, the board formed a Leadership Transition Team to develop a strategic plan for identifying the next president. This group spent much of last year listening intently to the LCU community, constituents and alumni, as well as community and church leaders to create a profile of the qualifications and personal characteristics of the next president. A Consensus Statement was created, asserting that the next president should be a spiritual, prayerful, and Christ-centered person with strong interpersonal and public communication skills who possesses demonstrated leadership skills and a vision for campus culture that honors the university's heritage.
A Presidential Search Committee was then empanelled, lead by LCU Trustee Sam Beard along with trustee Larry Hays as vice chair. This group also contained a cross section representing additional trustees, faculty, and staff. Their work brought to light numerous well-qualified candidates from around the country for consideration.
Lubbock Christian University has over 2000 students and is a private four-year comprehensive institution that promotes unique educational opportunities with a strategic focus on student success in four key areas: spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship and leadership development. Degree programs are offered for both bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. For over 55 years, the school has offered academic excellence in a Christian environment. For more information about Lubbock Christian University visit their website at