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Former LR basketball player returns as staffer – Andy Anderson joins LR’s advancement team

Mon Dec 2 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — Andy Anderson, 62, of Granite Falls, has signed on to be Lenoir-Rhyne University’s major gifts officer.

Anderson, ’73, is glad to be back to his roots as the newest member of LR’s staff.

“I loved being here—it was a tremendous experience for me,” he said. “I was a basketball player here and John Lentz and I played together.”

Now that Anderson has joined the staff, he and his former teammate Lentz—who’s been coaching the LR men’s basketball team for 28 years—are on the same team again.

For the past five years Anderson has worked at Catawba Valley Community College as the school’s Public Schools Liaison. His role was to work with area high school students to facilitate CVCC’s dual enrolment program and to provide an enrolment stream that would help them make a smooth transition from high school to college.

His fondness for high schoolers can be traced to his 25 years in the Caldwell County public school system. Anderson spent his last 16 and a half years as a principal at South Caldwell and Hibriten high schools and Sawmills Elementary School.

“When I got the opportunity to go back to the place where it all started I couldn’t say ‘No.’ I could not pass up on the opportunity to come back here,” he said. “What I’m most excited about is the chance to tell people about the big things that are happening here at LR and helping my fellow alums reconnect to their school.

Anderson is excited to spread the word about five main topics:

  1. LR’s dynamic and progressive leadership
  2. LR’s updated and cutting-edge facilities like the Moretz Sports Complex
  3. The graduate programs at LR’s Asheville and Columbia, S.C. campuses
  4. LR’s newest building projects like the school’s chapel and the upcoming science building expansion and remodel
  5. LR’s football team that’s won its conference championship for the last three years in a row

“If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will,” Anderson said.

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