President of Lenoir-Rhyne University to retire - 16 year legacy celebrated


For over 16 years, the name Dr. Wayne B. Powell has been synonymous with leadership and integrity at Lenoir-Rhyne University. As the University celebrates its 125th anniversary, so will it reflect on the distinguished career of its president, who today announced his retirement at the close of the 2015-16 academic year.

Charles Snipes, who served alongside Dr. Powell as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for seven years, reflected on the announcement. “Dr. Powell is a great leader and visionary whose contributions and accomplishments have exceeded all expectations. Under his leadership LR has flourished, standing as a beacon of pride in our community, and helping to shape the lives of students across its campuses.”

LRU alumna named in Top 10 Hickory Young Professionals

Lenoir-Rhyne University alumna, Danielle Stilwell (maiden name, Danielle Mull), was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Hickory Young Professionals under 40 years of age. The Hickory Young Professionals organization, in partnership with the Catawba Chamber of Commerce, solicits nominations annually for this honor which recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of local professionals.

LR Bears game to be broadcast live on ESPN3

All Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears fans should mark their calendars for Thursday, September 3. The first football game of the season will be broadcast live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

The LR Bears will take on the Golden Rams of West Chester University at their field in West Chester, PA. Both teams are ranked nationally by the NCAA Division II; Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked No. 10 and West Chester, No. 23. The teams went head-head in a national semifinal game two years ago in which the Bears defeated the Rams at home (42-14) – a victory that propelled the team to the championship game of 2013.