Contract renewed for Jarvis Christian College president

Updated: 7/23/2015 4:43 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               July 22, 2015                                                             

Jarvis Christian College President

Dr. Lester C. Newman

Hawkins, TX – The Chairman of the Jarvis Christian College Board of Trustees, Mr. Torry L. Edwards, states, “The Board unanimously approved a five-year employment contract for Dr. Lester C. Newman, sitting president for the past three years, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.”  The contract is effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.”

Dr. Newman

Dr. Newman has transformed Jarvis Christian College into an educational oasis. With his leadership, the institution has experienced growth in student enrollment and academic programs; and he has created a more energetic collegiate learning environment to support the educational process.

He maintains effective and appropriate relationships with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students.  Recently, Dr. Newman has also forged international relationships with China and Africa to grow international student enrollment. Through his efforts, Jarvis Christian College has become a college without borders.

The Board is honored to have Dr. Newman serve in this capacity for an additional five-year term.

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Jarvis Christian College is the sole historically Black liberal arts, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Located in Hawkins, Texas, the mission of the college is to prepare students intellectually, through academic programs that promote excellence in teaching and learning; socially, through student-centered support programs that encourage positive and constructive communication among peers, faculty, and staff; spiritually, through programs that stimulate spiritual growth and worship; and personally, through interaction that fosters self-development and maturity.  The mission further seeks to prepare students for professional and graduate studies, productive careers, and to function effectively in a global and technological society. 



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