Long-Time LCU Professor Announces Her Retirement
Dr. Susan Blassingame, who has been with Lubbock Christian University for 28 years, has announced her retirement.
As Chair of the Humanities Department at LCU, Blassingame led the department to gain multiple majors, and later as the Dean of the JE and Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts, she launched yearly Critical Thinking Initiatives.
In a release from LCU, they also said that Blassingame was instrumental in the creation of the Writing Carnival, and led the 24-hour Reading events, promoted and encouraged staff, faculty, and student participation.
Dr. Foy Mills, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, said:
Dr. Susan Blassingame has left an indelible mark on Lubbock Christian University. I am appreciative of Dr. Blassingame’s service to LCU, and I am indebted to her wise counsel and support in my formative years as LCU provost. She will be sorely missed.
A Blassingame steps down, Dr. Stacy Patty, who served as the Dean of the Honors College at LCU the past 5 years, will be taking on the responsibilities of leading the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Patty has been with LCU for 29 years now, teaching courses in religion, philosophy and ethics.
Dr. Mills continued:
When Dr. Blassingame communicated her intentions to retire at the end of the spring 2021 semester, the Academic Deans and I began a conversation on how we should proceed with college reorganization. After the Deans sought input from their faculty, I met with department chairs in the College of Liberal Arts for their direct input. After listening to recommendations, the decision was made to combine the Honors College and the College of Liberal Arts into a single college under the leadership of Dr. Stacy Patty. Dr. Patty has been a tireless advocate for the liberal arts. I believe the synergy emerging from the merger of these two colleges will produce amazing results.
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