Larry Hall, Ph.D., was honored by President Fred Whitt and members of the LRU community during a farewell ceremony held in the Cromer Center on Monday, January 29.
Hall announced his resignation last December after serving as the University's provost since 2008. He will begin a new position as vice president for academic programs for the Appalachian College Association (ACA) beginning February 1. The ACA is an association dedicated to serving small, student-centered, private liberal arts institutions in the Central Appalachian Region, a mission Hall holds close to his heart.
"I have a passion for supporting these types of schools, these schools that are so important to the region like Lenoir-Rhyne," Hall said. "I grew up in the hills of Virginia and was the first to graduate from a four-year university on both my mother's and father's side of the family. Every student should have the opportunity to be provided with the kind of nurturing and care needed to be successful and to get more out of their lives."
During the ceremony, Whitt expressed his gratitude toward Hall for his ten and a half years of service to Lenoir-Rhyne. He also commended him for some of his most notable accomplishments including, leading the University through two strategic plans, and through the institution's transition from college to university status. Hall was also responsible for guiding the development of 30 new academic programs of study.
"The University is where it is today and is in a much better place because of Larry's leadership over the last ten and a half years," Whitt said. "We are excited for him and wish him well in his new position, but we are sad to see him leave Lenoir-Rhyne."
Katie Fisher, Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life also expressed her gratitude toward Hall saying, "It has been a privilege and an honor to work with someone so dedicated to this University."
Dr. Hall joined the staff at LR in 2007, and served as executive vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college for a year before being named provost.
"I will always treasure my time as provost at Lenoir-Rhyne, and I am very proud of the successes achieved over the past decade," Hall said. "I am especially proud of the individuals with whom I have worked to make our University a better place. Lenoir-Rhyne's future is even brighter, and I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to its growth as one of our region's top universities."
Hall was presented with a handmade chair from the mountains of N.C. as a departing gift from the community as well as a gift card for his use.