Dr. Dale Lunsford became the sixth president of LeTourneau University in 2007, after a national search by the Board of Trustees. With an unapologetic commitment to Christ-centered education and excellence on a global scale, he is leading the university’s strategic vision to claim every workplace in every nation for Christ.
Several new academic programs have been launched at the undergraduate level in nursing, civil engineering and worship arts, and new graduate programs have begun in engineering, psychology and counseling.
New facilities include the Paul & Betty Abbott Aviation Center and the Corner Café student dining hall that opened in 2009, and expansion of the Materials Joining Laboratory and the construction of the new 200-bed residence called South Hall in 2011. More than $1 million in renovations to the university’s new Athletic Village are expected to be completed in 2012.
Lunsford authorized the creation of two new centers on campus. LETU’s new Center for Faith and Work helps 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 for following Christ at work. The center also provides resources for churches and employers to empower Christians to have a positive influence for Christ in their workplaces.
The new 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.
Lunsford served on the board of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) and has presented conferences for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). He is the 2012 president of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.
In 2011, Lunsford celebrated his 26th year in higher education. He was an award-winning business professor and academic journal editor before joining The University of Texas. The UT campus in Tyler led the state in enrollment growth during his tenure as vice president there. In 2011, he also celebrated his 26th year of marriage to Marsha. God has blessed Dale and Marsha with two daughters and one granddaughter.