Lenoir-Rhyne University has named The Reverend Dr. Robert E. Allen, Executive Director of Development for Columbia and Asheville, a newly implemented role at the University.
Dr. Allen has served at LRU for 17 years in various positions, most recently as Executive Director of Advancement Relations. In his new role, he will lead and manage the development operation for LRU's Graduate Center in Asheville, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina, which is also home to the University's Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). Dr. Allen will work to create an overall greater awareness of both the Asheville and Columbia campuses, while also leading initiatives aimed at identifying and nurturing increased support for the development of these Graduate Centers.
"We are pleased that Dr. Allen has accepted this new role, and we look forward to expanding our efforts to engage the community in support of Lenoir-Rhyne, particularly in our Columbia and Asheville Centers," said University President, Dr. Fred Whitt.
Prior to his roles in Advancement, Dr. Allen served at LRU as an Adjunct Instructor of Religion, from 2000 to 2011. He is an alumnus of LRU, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Doctor of Divinity degree. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from LTSS, and a Master of Theology degree from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
As a senior manager within the Division of Institutional Advancement and Church Relations, the Executive Director will serve as an LTSS representative to individual congregations within Region 9 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Dr. Allen's responsibilities will also include working to increase giving to LTSS, which recently announced a $2 million scholarship campaign in partnership with the N.C. Synod of the ELCA.
"I will have the opportunity to build new associations at the Seminary, as well as guide the $2 million campaign on behalf of North Carolina seminarians," Dr. Allen said. "My goal is to increase the institution's development presence in both Columbia and Asheville among businesses, as well as within the Graduate Centers. These are truly exciting times."
The N.C. Synod campaign at LTSS will run through December of 2019. The campaign is being conducted to support seminarians of the N.C. Synod so they can attend LTSS and graduate with the lowest debt possible. The funds raised will establish a scholarship endowment of $1.5 million, provide current N.C. Synod students financial assistance through a restricted fund of $250,000, and provide cross cultural/study abroad opportunities through an additional restricted fund of $250,000.