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by Brian Blackwell, Louisiana Baptist Message

PINEVILLE, (La.)--Citing increased enrollment and the addition of new academic programs and scholarships, the Louisiana College Board of Trustees has extended the contract of President Rick Brewer.

Originally scheduled to expire in 2020, trustees extended Brewer’s contract through 2022. Board Chairman Randy Harper said during an LC news conference that the board unanimously approved the measure during its April 2017 board meeting.

“We are grateful for Dr. Brewer’s leadership,” said Harper, pastor of Bellaire Baptist Church in Bossier City. “He is a leader who has more energy than probably five freshmen of the school. He works tirelessly. He believes in Christian education and liberal arts education, and raising and preparing graduates that they can transform lives with a Christian worldview.”

Since Brewer was elected unanimously as president of the school in April 2015, he has led LC from probationary status and into good standing with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Implementation of Brewer’s strategies has produced a second consecutive year of an increase in enrollment, the most recent class standing at 1,210 for the fall semester. This includes what is believed to be a school record 330 new freshmen enrolled.

LC also has expanded its degree programs, receiving approval from the SACSCOC to offer four initiatives, which include a Master’s in Nursing, Master’s in Social Work, Bachelor’s in Computer Science and the ability to offer any course online.

Additionally, LC offers several new scholarship opportunities and instituted a flat tuition with no fees to further boost enrollment as it strives to reach a goal of the school’s Vision 2020 of plan 1,500 students by that year.

Brewer pledged to continue educating the next generation of leaders to transform lives for Christ.

“This is a great place to get an education with the head and the heart,” he said. “We understand we play a pivotal role, a missional role in equipping students with a Christian education to share the Gospel.

“Already 40 students this semester have accepted Christ and we expect even more in the future as we share the Gospel and provide an education built upon a Christian worldview,” he continued.

“We are grateful for our Louisiana Baptist family and pastors across the state who are encouraging their students to come to LC an earn a world class education.”