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LETU Names Dr. Philip A. Coyle as New Provost, Executive Vice President


LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford announced the appointment of Dr. Philip A. Coyle, chief academic officer at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, Tenn., as LETU's new provost and executive vice president, following a national search.

As the university's new chief academic officer, Coyle will have executive level responsibilities for planning, development and administration of the academic mission of the university. He will provide leadership to achieve initiatives of the university's strategic plan and will oversee the recruitment, development and performance of deans, academic administrators, and faculty in the university's six schools. Coyle will report directly to Lunsford and will serve as the chief executive officer in the president's absence.

"Philip has a number of strengths that will well serve our university," Lunsford said. "He is unapologetic in defending the value of Christian higher education and will bring an orientation for innovation and growth in our academic programs, calling our faculty to excellence in all they do. Much of his career has been focused on preparing Christians to claim the psychology and counseling workplace for Christ, so Philip is excited about LETU's strategic Every Workplace - Every Nation vision. I am eager to see what God will do with Philip's talents here at LETU."

Coyle will officially assume his new role at LETU effective July 1, but will be actively involved in the school's search to fill two dean positions, one in engineering and one in arts and sciences.

"At LETU, God has gathered an amazing group of faculty, administrators, trustees, staff, students, and alumni, all prepared with an intentional mission and a rich tradition," Coyle said. "I am honored to be among the many who embrace the LeTourneau vision. I thank God and the LeTourneau community for this invitation to contribute in the role of provost. I am honored to serve Dr. Lunsford in his clear vision to equip students for a meaningful life of service across the world."

Coyle earned his Ph.D. in psychology and counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he chaired the counseling and psychology department for 12 years and added new programs with significant growth in enrollment. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Coyle has a record of accomplishment in pastoral counseling, family counseling, and academic research in psychology. He also holds Doctor of Education in marriage and family therapy and two master's degrees, one in religious education and one in marriage and family therapy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree in psychology is from Memphis State University. Coyle was also a commissioned Air Force officer, attending officer training school at Medina Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and jet pilot school at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. He and his wife, Judi, have two grown sons.

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