As of the April 23 Board of Trustees vote, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School announces its sixth president in the college’s 85-year history. Dr. Ben Gutierrez enjoyed unanimous support to assume the lead role in this dynamic institution of more than 2,220 students with locations in four states and Uganda. Dr. Gutierrez joins LBC from his role as an extensively published Professor of Religion at Liberty University. He has served numerous positions at Liberty University including Co-Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs where he served the President as an Executive Leadership Member and shared responsibility to supervise an academic team of two Vice Provosts, three Associate Vice Provosts, 19 Academic Deans and Executive Directors, 500 residential faculty, 2,000 global online faculty, and over 200 academic staff. He holds a PhD from Regent University, and a Master of Arts in Religion and Master in Divinity from Liberty University.
“Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School has always embraced an entrepreneurial spirit with regard to how education can and should be delivered in order to best meet the needs of the student,” as Dr. Gutierrez explained his rationale for coming to LBC | Capital. “Today, LBC | Capital is postured to become an industry leader in higher education with creative modes of delivery along with increasing instructional quality while reducing educational costs for the students.”
LBC Board Chair Dr. Philip Clemens notes, “The movement of God was evident in our search, and we as a Board of Trustees could not be more pleased with Dr. Gutierrez taking the helm for this next season of LBC | Capital.”
As to Dr. Gutierrez’s thoughts on the region, “We love Lancaster County! We love the positive family environment and we love knowing that some families in this community have lived here for generations. My family and I cannot wait to put down roots in this wonderful community. From the rich heritage of the historic downtown to the thriving businesses, restaurants, and community activities; from the spirit of hospitality and friendship to the unparalleled work ethic exhibited by all the members of this community, the beauty and diversity of Lancaster County completes the students’ college experience at LBC | Capital.”
Succeeding Dr. Peter W. Teague, the third longest tenured president in the Commonwealth among private institutions of higher education, Dr. Gutierrez officially begins his duties August 1, 2019. Dr. Teague offered, “We asked many times as a college community that God would make crystal clear His choice for our next president, believing in faith, and God has once again demonstrated His faithfulness in answering that prayer. It is my heart’s desire to provide all the support and encouragement that I possibly can to Dr. Gutierrez.”
Gutierrez replied, “Dr. Teague is one of the finest leaders in higher education and Christian men I have ever known. All the progress realized in the next 20 years will only be possible because of the solid foundation Dr. Teague has laid these past 20 years. I am encouraged that Dr. Teague has agreed to serve Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School as President Emeritus and LBC Ambassador. I will not hesitate to seek his advice and counsel on a regular basis, believing I will be a better leader for having Dr. Teague as an invaluable resource.
Inauguration and corresponding press event details will be forthcoming for later this fall.