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President Thayne Hosts Opening Breakfast and Presents College's Gifts to the Community
08.22.13 |
Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne, Lebanon Valley College’s 18th president, hosted his second Opening Breakfast on Thursday, August 22, and announced the College’s annual gifts to the community totaling nearly $50,000. Thayne presented checks to Annville-Cleona School District for $17,800, Annville Township for $11,450, and Annville’s Union Hose Fire Company for $20,400. The gift to the fire company was the College’s first of an overall $50,000 pledge to assist the company in purchasing new fire equipment.

Thayne recounted some of the major achievements of the past year, and presented his vision for the 2013-2014 academic year. “My initial focus has to be putting in place a strategic planning process that will be highly inclusive and collaborative and that will incorporate robust, relevant research to inform our academic strategies, market position, and cost,” Thayne said. “The trustees have charged me with developing enrollment strategies to expand the geographic reach of the College, to develop greater recognition for the quality of our academic programs, and to attract more resources to support the work of the faculty and students.”

In line with those visions, Dr. Thayne announced that Lebanon Valley College is the recipient of a $5 million estate gift from the late Dr. John “Jack” Bowman Allwein ’56. This historic gift is the largest estate gift in the College’s 147-year history. Allwein has a legacy of scholarship giving at LVC, and it is anticipated that these funds will support financial aid for Lebanon County students. Click here to read the full story.

The president announced preliminary enrollment figures for the 2013–2014 academic year. Total full–time undergraduate enrollment is at an all-time high with 1,677 students. New full–time student enrollment, which includes both freshmen and transfer students, stands at 482.

“Lebanon Valley College is an exciting place and we live in challenging times for higher education,” Thayne said. “Our faculty, staff, and student leaders are already hard at work preparing innovative coursework, high impact service and research opportunities, and the foundations for an exceptional college experience. We will add the remainder of the 482 new, first-time LVC students to this mix tomorrow. This College is a place where students mold and shape their study by working closely with faculty and administrators to create a rich blend of leadership, service, and academic excellence.”

For the full text of President Thayne’s remarks, click here. View photos from the event on the College's Facebook page.

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