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The world needs LeTourneau University now more than ever. I am enthusiastic about my new role as chancellor of this university. We are preparing for the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. Our challenge is to rally alumni and friends to make certain a LeTourneau education remains relevant, accessible and affordable for future generations of students.

Dale Lunsford, Ph.D.

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Dale A.
Lunsford, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3800

  • LeTourneau University Chancellor

  • Professor of Business Administration

Dr. Dale Lunsford serves as the Chancellor of LeTourneau University. As Chancellor, Lunsford will advance the university through sources such as friends of the university, alumni and other external partners. 

Prior to this role, he served as the sixth president of LeTourneau University, from 2007 through 2021. With an unapologetic commitment to Christ-centered education and excellence on a global scale, he led the university's strategic vision to claim every workplace in every nation for Christ.

Under his leadership, several new academic programs were launched at the undergraduate level, including nursing, civil engineering and cybersecurity, while new graduate programs began in engineering, psychology and counseling.

New facilities included the Paul & Betty Abbott Aviation Center and the Corner Café student dining hall that opened in 2009, as well as the expansion of the Kielhorn Materials Joining Laboratory and the construction of the new 200-bed residence called South Hall in 2011. Most recently added have been the Allen Family Student Center and Joyce Family Athletic Village.

Lunsford was Chairman of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas and the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities. He now serves as a director of Texas Bank & Trust and The East Texas Communities Foundation.

In 2020, Lunsford celebrated his 35th year in higher education. He was an award-winning business professor and academic journal editor before joining The University of Texas. The UT campus in Tyler led the state in enrollment growth during his tenure as vice president there. Dale and Marsha Kraft Lunsford have been married more than 30 years. God has blessed Dale and Marsha with two daughters, a son-in-law and one granddaughter.