LRU welcomes new Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities

Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome Dr. Ryan Luhrs to campus this fall as the new Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. His duties officially begin August 1.

Luhrs will replace Dr. Paul Weber, who retired this past academic year after 20 years of service to LR. Weber served as Director of the Sacred Music Program, Professor of Church Music as well as Director of the A Cappella Choir, Chapel Choir, and College Singers. “He’s the right person for the position,” said Weber, when asked about the new hire. “I have enjoyed getting to know him. Ryan has a wonderful assortment of gifts that will benefit both the choral and sacred music programs. I could not be happier with the choice.”

Pictured from Left to Right: Billy Price, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at LR; Tony Rose, President and CEO of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Richard Ball, Program Director of PA Program at LR; Dr. Larry Hall, University Provost at LR

Catawba Valley Medical Center donates funds to support Lenoir-Rhyne P.A. Program

On behalf of Catawba Valley Medical Center, President and CEO Tony Rose presented a check to Lenoir-Rhyne University in support of the Physician Assistant (P.A.) Studies Program. The donation – in the amount of $132,000 – will be used to purchase a  Visual Human (VH) Dissector table for the anatomy lab.  The state-of-the-art equipment helps students to fully comprehend the complex three-dimensional structure of the human body. The technology offers students the ability to interact with correlated 3D and cross-sectional views of over 2,000 anatomical structures through identification, dissection, assembly and rotation the VH Dissector. Lenoir-Rhyne’s P.A. program is currently the only one in the southeast region to have a VH Dissector.

LRU Provost named to Dean’s Council of ACA

Dr. Larry Hall, Provost of Lenoir-Rhyne University, has been elected as Chairman of the Dean’s Council of the Appalachian College Association (ACA). The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 35 private four-year liberal arts institutions spread across the central Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Association unites member institutions in cooperation and collaboration to serve the residents of Appalachia with quality higher education opportunities and services.

Dr. Hall has a long history of service to the ACA, previously serving as the representative to the president’s executive committee, chairman, and past chairman over the past nine years.