Centers & Institutes


Centers and institutes provide a venue and opportunities for students, faculty and the wider LR community to come together and collaborate across disciplines to discover and disseminate knowledge.

Our centers and institutes advance university research, facilitate civic engagement and provide support and resources to the greater university community.

Alex Lee Career & Professional Development Center


Two talking at table in career development center

The center offers student and alumni support with career exploration, career planning, job and internship search assistance. Whether you need help crafting or reviewing your resume, staging a mock interview, networking or preparing for graduate school, the career center offers lifelong support to all LR students and alumni from our Hickory, Asheville and Columbia campuses.

The center also offers many services to help recruiters identify the right candidates for position openings.

View Career and Professional Development Center

Center for Teaching & Learning


Professor talks to students from front of classroom

The center supports the university’s faculty as they engage in the work of educating students and helping them to develop as whole persons prepared both for productive careers and meaningful lives.

The center promotes the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, providing support that enables faculty to be innovative and creative in ways that enhance student learning.

Center for Teaching & Learning

Institute for Faith & Learning


Students reading from booklet during church service

The Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that contributes to and enriches a culture of intellect that is theologically based. Our programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

The institute offers a speaker series featuring prominent religious figures and authors who share their work and beliefs.

View Institute for Faith & Learning

Lenoir-Rhyne Equity & Diversity Institute


Instructor teaching at front of class pointing to post it notes

LREDI supports, inspires, and equips executives, non-profit leaders, educators, students, social activists and other community members who intend to spark change and cultivate better communities through their professional careers.

LREDI is designed to train equity advocates, in the interest of building communities that are educated, challenged and motivated to non-violently disrupt systems that create and support complicated complex social issues. The curriculum focuses on equitable strategies and practices that can be applied to the professional fields of business, education and technology, as well as to general community advocacy.

View Lenoir-Rhyne Equity & Diversity Institute

Living Well Center for Vocation & Purpose


Student talks with invited speaker during group gathering

The center engages students, faculty and staff in the ongoing discernment of vocation and purpose. The center provides online resources, discussions and hosts the Lives Worth Living speaker series whose speakers include theologians, bishops, artists and advocates for justice.

The center works to help students, faculty and staff identify their talents and passions so they can be used to make the world a better place.

View Living Well Center

Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources


Professor talks to two students while overlooking City of Asheville skyline

The Reese Institute for the Conservation of Natural Resources provides students with an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a curriculum that supports the adage "think globally, act locally."

Through service learning, scholarship, fieldwork experience, travel opportunities and internships, you have the chance to positively impact your immediate community, while setting their sights on the larger conservation issues of the nation and beyond.

View Reese Institute

Shuford Center for International Education


Student studying abroad in Cuba looks at building in distance

There are many co-curricular activities that enrich the Lenoir-Rhyne education. By participating in study abroad or interacting with international students on our campus, you will expand your knowledge and engage other cultures in ways that broaden your perspective.

Our William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education initiates and supports events and programs that contribute to a global education.

Not only do we provide support to our international students, but also facilitate the study abroad process.

View the Shuford Center

Solmaz Institute


Exterior of McCrorie Center building at dusk

The Solmaz Institute works to address child and adolescent obesity in the region. The institute offers clinic services, outreach programs and interdisciplinary internship opportunities for students in the College of Health Sciences on LR's Hickory campus.

The clinic is staffed by registered dietitians who oversee individual and group services as well the Lenoir-Rhyne interns in various programs (exercise science, nursing, occupational therapy and the dietetic internship program) who provide services to youth.

View Solmaz Institute

Lenoir-Rhyne celebrates the success of Giving Tuesday, an annual global giving movement for the causes and organizations we care most about

View More

Lenoir-Rhyne University is grieving the loss of one of our student-athletes. Omari Alexander, a 19-year-old sophomore from Concord, North Carolina and member of the LR football team, was killed overnight on November 20 in an off-campus incident in Hickory.

View More