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Scott McDowell named president of Lubbock Christian University

Texas university's choice has experience in Christian higher education and as a preaching minister.

Lubbock Christian University in Texas has appointed Scott McDowell, a veteran Christian higher education administrator and preacher, as its next president.

“I am fully committed to God,” McDowell told students Thursday morning. “I am ‘all in’ on the mission of Lubbock Christian University.”

The university, which is associated with Churches of Christ, made the announcement during a chapel assembly at McDonald Moody Auditorium.


“God, I’m just so thankful to be here in this place,” McDowell prayed. “I’m thankful for this place and the women and men who through all these years have labored to make this a very special place where your name is lifted high and where lives are changed.”

McDowell, 56, has served since August 2018 as vice president for student life at Abilene Christian University, another West Texas university associated with Churches of Christ. Lubbock is about 160 miles northwest of Abilene.

Previously, McDowell spent two-plus decades with Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., where he was named senior vice president in April 2014. Before joining Lipscomb, he preached for the Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn. He has held part-time preaching roles for other congregations during his time as a university administrator.

“Dr. Scott McDowell embodies the very best in who we are called to be as followers of Jesus Christ,” Terry Creech, LCU’s board chairman, said in a prepared statement. “God has gifted Dr. McDowell with the skills, talents and experience to be our next LCU president. God’s hand has been at work in bringing us the right leader for this time in LCU’s history.”

ACU President Phil Schubert said: “Scott is a tremendous Christian leader with many talents, and he will be a great asset to Lubbock Christian University. I’ve very much enjoyed working with Scott at ACU, and I am eager to watch his continued success at Lubbock Christian. While we will miss Scott, LCU is gaining an exceptional leader.”

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The new president earned his undergraduate degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., and his master of arts in religion from Lipscomb. He has a doctorate of education from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Related: LCU president Tim Perrin stepping down, returning to Pepperdine

Tim Perrin, president of LCU for seven years, decided last spring to step down and return to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where he spent 20 years in faculty and administrative roles.

This past August, Perrin became senior vice president at Pepperdine, working closely with the new president, Jim Gash. Perrin had been one of four other finalists to succeed longtime Pepperdine President Andrew Benton.


Filed under: Abilene Christian University Christian higher education Lipscomb University Lubbock Christian University Lubbock Christian University president Partners Scott McDowell Texas Tim Perrin Top Stories

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