Dr. Kenneth R. Garren is in his 15th year as president of University of Lynchburg, beginning his tenure in 2001 as the College’s tenth president since its founding in 1903. He brings to the office 45 years of higher education experience including service as a college vice president, chief academic officer, associate dean, and professor of mathematics.
During Dr. Garren’s tenure as president, University of Lynchburg’s enrollment has grown at an impressive rate: 32% at the undergraduate level and 169% in graduate programs.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, President Garren earned his baccalaureate degree in mathematics from Roanoke College, his master’s degree in mathematics from The College of William and Mary, and his PhD in mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
President Garren was involved in the early days of the U.S. space program as an aerospace engineer, working on the Apollo and Gemini projects at NASA’s Langley Research Center.
He also served as a member of the famed 29th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard, beginning his service as a private and finishing his distinguished military career with the rank of Colonel, Infantry, United States Army Reserve.
The former vice president and dean of the college at Roanoke College, Dr. Garren has since led University of Lynchburg through its 2003 Centennial Celebration and a growing list of accomplishments.
- Student Center Expansion Campaign
- The LC strategic plan
- Campus facilities master planning
- Multiple building projects including 5 student townhouses and an apartment building, Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall, and Shellenberger Field
- Continued development of the Claytor Nature Study Center including construction of the Belk Observatory
- Addition of LC’s first two doctoral programs – DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and EdD in Leadership Studies
- Educational linkage between LC and the island nation of St. Lucia
- Restoration efforts for College Lake
President Garren’s current board service includes:
- The Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)
- Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC); Co-chair of the annual Ethics Bowl tournament among the 14 member institutions
- The Council of Colleges & Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Executive Committee
- Lynchburg City Schools’ Education Foundation
- Lynchburg City Schools’ Partners in Excellence
- Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, and Legislative Affairs Committee
- President of the Sphex Club in Lynchburg
President Garren has recently been a panelist at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Annual Conference at Marco Island, Fla., a panelist at the annual meeting of the NCAA in San Antonio, Tex., and speaker at an academic conference in Cambridge, England.
He has also been recognized locally by the Piedmont Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars with the award of the Silver Patrick Henry Medallion for Patriotic Achievement and received the 2010 Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC).
An enthusiastic advocate of liberal arts education, President Garren sees the liberal arts environment as a place where students “learn to learn.” His leadership style is characterized as open, energetic, and student-centered, and he has been described as an “architect, visionary, and champion for progress.”
Contact Dr. Garren
Executive Assistant to the President