The Lincoln Christian University (LCU) Board of Trustees announced Wednesday, December 17, 2014, the unanimous selection of Dr. Don Green as LCU’s seventh president.
Board Chair Dr. Gene Harker said, “After conducting a national search, it is clear that Dr. Green is the best fit for our university. He is a trusted visionary with a servant’s heart and he brings many years of higher-education experience and successful leadership to the office. I wish to thank the members of the Search Advisory Team and the Board of Trustees for their tireless efforts. We now stand ready to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Dr. Green as he pursues our vision and executes our mission.”
Dr. Neal Windham, who served as a faculty representative on the Search Advisory Team, said of this decision, “Honestly, we could not have chosen a more qualified person for the job.”
Green has been serving as LCU’s Transitional President since June 1, 2014. Though he has been acting with the full authority and responsibility of the office since June, his official tenure will begin immediately.
Green is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University (Bachelor of Arts from the former Lincoln Christian College and Master of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary) and earned his Doctor of Ministry from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University. He is a member of both the International Leadership Association and the International Mentoring Association.
Dr. Green has been an integral part of the Lincoln Christian community for 47 years where he has gained the respect of the LCU community as a servant leader. Since 1979, he has served in the roles of Trustee, Administrative Assistant to the President, Director of Development, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Church Development and Transitional President.
Green developed LCU’s first online master’s degree program in 2009. That program, the MA in Organizational Leadership, continues to be one of the university’s most popular online degrees. As Professor of Leadership and Director of the online MA in Organizational Leadership and the Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Leadership specializations, Dr. Green teaches many of the core leadership courses and is one of LCU’s highest rated professors.
Following his appointment Green said, “I am both honored and humbled to accept the call to serve our students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and churches in this way at this time. With God’s help I look forward to seeing that the mission of LCU is faithfully fulfilled as new generations of Lincoln Leaders are equipped to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.”
Green served in full-time preaching ministry before becoming part of the LCU administrative team in 1982. Since that time, Green has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for teaching, preaching leading and engaging organizational culture. He continues to be in demand as a speaker and church consultant and will share the podium with national author Mark Mittelberg at LCU’s Elders’ and Church Leaders Conference on February 21, 2015 in Lincoln, IL.
Dr. Green and his wife Margaret have been married for 45 years and live in Lincoln, IL. Their daughter, Lara, lives in Springfield, Illinois, with her husband Jon Morrissette who serves as Lead Minister with the Lakeside Christian Church.
The LCU Board of Trustees formed a Search Advisory Team in April (comprised of Trustees, Faculty and Administrators) who further engaged the services of Dr. Paul Corts of AGB Search in June to assist in the Presidential Search.