President Barry Buxton has only been in office for three weeks, but he is already making a big impression on the campus and community with his plans for the future of Lees-McRae.
Known for "rolling up his sleeves and getting involved" President Buxton has a 24-point revitalization plan in place to strengthen the College. Top goals include strengthening the Board of Trustees, eliminating the College's debt over five years and increasing enrollment by 50 percent in that same period of time.
Other plans include the College becoming the top pet friendly campus in the country, becoming the number one bicycling college in the country and establishing a school of nursing and allied health.
Recognizing the importance of stability in leadership, President and Mrs. Buxton have committed to a decade of service to the College. Together they bring energy, vision, and valuable experience to Lees-McRae.
"Dr. Barry Buxton is a proven leader in higher education. With his roots in Appalachia and a strong sense of calling, I truly believe we have found a remarkable person to lead the college, serve the community, and transform our destiny," said Tommy Brigham, chair of the College's Board of Trustees.
"The opportunity to serve as Lees-McRae's president is a calling I could not ignore. It's where God wants me to be. It's where we're intended to serve next and we're thrilled to be returning to our roots in Appalachia. This is a wonderful chance to give back to the place and the people we love," said Dr. Buxton.
The inauguration of President Buxton will be held on Saturday, October 2 during Homecoming weekend. More information regarding inauguration and homecoming will be shared in the coming weeks.
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