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, including nursing and civil engineering, 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. Most recently added have been the Allen Student Center and Joyce Athletic Village.
Lunsford was Chairman of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas. He is currently a director of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities and the East Texas Communities Foundation. He also serves as a director of Texas Bank & Trust and chairs the President’s Council of the American Southwest Conference.
In 2016, Lunsford celebrated his 31st 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 2016, he also celebrated his 31st year of marriage to Marsha. God has blessed Dale and Marsha with two daughters and one granddaughter.