Stephen Condon '73 Named President of Laurel University
This article was provided by the Laurel University Office of Public Relations
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 16, 2013 — Laurel University has announced the appointment
of Dr. Stephen M. Condon as its tenth president following an extensive, eight-month national
Condon replaces Dr. Larry McCullough, who retired June 30 and had served as Laurel
University’s president since 2010. Condon’s appointment is effective Sept. 1.
“Dr. Stephen M. Condon is an experienced academic leader with a track record for academic success, enrollment growth and fundraising,” says Nathan Crisawn, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Laurel University.
“There has never been a greater need for college degree
programs like those at Laurel University, which teach required skills from a Christian perspective. Laurel University is committed to growing its student body and educational offerings, and we are extremely pleased that Dr. Condon has agreed to lead this effort.”
“From the first point of contact, my wife, Becky, and I were drawn to Laurel,” Condon says. “The vision and goals set by the Board, as well as the challenges expressed through the search committee, resonate with us and align with where our hearts are. We seek to do God’s
work. This call came at the perfect time in our lives, and we thank the Board of Trustees for its
confidence and support. We give all the glory to God.”
Condon has had a long, distinguished career in Christ-centered liberal arts education.
During the past 35 years, he has served as dean or vice president at five well-respected
Christian universities — Huntingdon, Lambuth, St. Thomas, Reinhardt and LeTourneau. From
2005 to 2010, Condon also served as president of Tennessee Wesleyan College, where during
his tenure, the college doubled its endowment value, doubled its full-time enrollment and
gained full accreditation.
For nine years, while dean of student development at Huntingdon College, Condon also
served as golf coach. In that role, he led four teams to national championships and worked with
27 All-Americans. His team won a world title in 1988, and several graduates went on to play on
the PGA Tour. He maintained a 100-percent graduation rate for all his players during his time as
coach and was named National Coach of the Year five years in a row.
Condon is passionate about Christian higher education. He is known for his ability to
achieve successful enrollment growth and develop new programs, while increasing fundraising
and major give giving. Working with university boards to implement a shared vision of strategic
planning and professional development, Condon succeeds in building superior teams that lead
to the accomplishment of key goals.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in education from Boston State University and his
master’s degree in education from Florida State University, Condon then completed additional
graduate study in research and statistics in higher education administration at the University of
Alabama. His Ph.D. in educational research and higher education leadership is from the
University of Mississippi. He has also completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University’s
Institute for Educational Management.
Condon and his wife, Becky, a professional librarian, have been married for 37 years and
have two grown children. Curt, 31, is the CEO and owner of a computer asset recovery
company in Atlanta. Alexis, 27, is a petty officer in the U.S. Navy, serving with a squadron of
fighter jets known as the Garudas on the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. The Condon family loves the
Piedmont Triad and looks forward to calling the area home.
About Laurel University
Laurel University (www.laureluniversity.edu
) offers undergraduate, graduate, and
doctoral degree programs, which train leaders for ministry, education, theological studies, and
business from a decidedly Christian point of view. An accredited, private interdenominational
institution, Laurel University delivers its programs through traditional classroom and online
environments, as well as cost-effective, accelerated degree-completion programs. Nationally
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education
(ABHE), a national accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., its
management BA and MBA degrees are licensed by the Board of Governors of the University of
North Carolina General Administration.