By Elizabeth Clarke, LCU News
PINEVILLE, La. (LCU News) – Louisiana Christian University history professor Henry Robertson has been named associate vice president for academic affairs.
“Robertson brings to this position a keen intellect and commitment to providing scalable academic programs for our Christ-centered university,” LCU President Rick Brewer said. “Henry’s communication skills and knowledge of our state will definitely add value to this external initiative for LCU.”
Robertson, who is the Hogan Family Board of Regents professor of history, has worked at LCU since 2006. During this time at the school, Robertson has served as associate professor, chairman of the division of history and political science, coordinator of institutional effectiveness, and coordinator of sponsored programs.
In his new role, Robertson will be tasked with collaborating with local, state, national and international partners to develop pathways for academic partnerships and new programs.
“I am delighted that Dr. Robertson is joining the administration in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs as the associate vice president for academic affairs,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Cheryl Clark. “He has a passion for excellence in academia and has already been an asset to the university with his outstanding service as the director of Institutional effectiveness and sponsored programs. He was instrumental in LCU’s recent SACSOC decennial reaffirmation and handled the additional stress and workload with humor, professionalism and outstanding leadership.”
Robertson has helped secure grant funding from private, state and federal sources. Most notably, he served on Clark’s team that obtained the $2.2 million U.S. Department of Education Title III grant for online education. During the 2021-2022 academic year, he assisted in bringing in more than $700,000 from five different funding sources for safety and security, nursing, business, and theater classroom and stipend improvements.
“The associate vice president of academic affairs is an important new responsibility that will enable me to more effectively serve the university, our students and our vital mission,” Robertson said. “While many of the day-to-day functions of what I have been doing will remain the same, new areas for academic leadership have opened up in regards to seeking articulation agreements, transfer agreements and partnerships with other statewide universities. These efforts will help build LCU enrollment.
“Most importantly there will be additional opportunities that develop as higher education in Louisiana navigates the new normal and is buoyed by the inevitable transitions that have been a part its fluid landscape over the last several decades.”
Robertson brings more than 27 years of service in the classroom and on various faculty and administrative committees.
He attends Calvary Baptist Church, where he has been a Sunday school leader and media ministry volunteer. Robertson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and a master’s and doctorate degree from Louisiana State University. He also holds a graduate certificate in higher education administration from Mississippi College, a certificate in grant writing from the University of Georgia, and two certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute for ICS-100 higher education and NIMS introduction.
“I thank Dr. Brewer and Dr. Clark for their faith in me, my work and by opening the door to even more professional growth in the arena of academic administration. The direction is forward and I am signing up for that trip. My love of classroom teaching remains strong and although reduced with this step, I have not walked away from helping our students grow and develop their minds.”