By Norm Miller, Louisiana College communications
PINEVILLE – Rick Brewer, president of Louisiana College, announced Aug. 7 a shift for two senior executive team members.
Brewer named Byron McGee as vice president for Institutional Advancement, a position he already has filled as interim. McGee vacates his long-tenured service as vice president for Enrollment Management. Brandon Bannon, vice president for Student Life, succeeds McGee and leaves his role as dean of students.
“Although I have spent most of my career at Louisiana College in Enrollment Management, I am very excited about moving into the Institutional Advancement role,” said McGee, a 1979 alumnus of LC.
“This wonderful institution has meant so much to so many through the years, and I believe that, with our new leadership, our community and alumni are ready to partner with us to make Louisiana College the best that it can be,” McGee said.
Beginning his thirty-third year of employment at LC, McGee joined the staff in 1983 as an admissions counselor, advanced to director of admissions in 1987, and has twice served as alumni director.
“More than anything else, institutional advancement is about relationships. And Byron’s longevity of service to the college coupled with the many great relationships he has curried in the community through those decades uniquely equip him to flourish in this new role,” Brewer said. “This is more than a promotion. It is the stewardship of a significant asset the college has in Byron McGee. I know he will do well.”
Bannon told LCNews: “The same mission that drew me to Louisiana College continues to motivate us as we strive to be the college of first choice for every student in our region who desires not only an exceptional education, but also the spiritual transformation that only a Christian liberal arts institution affords. I am honored to serve and expect great things.”
Bannon added that Enrollment Management at LC “involves service oriented initiatives that galvanize the talents of current students and the expertise of LC faculty. These service opportunities include cultural, spiritual and academic events and endeavors that will support the great work already offered in our state schools, home school co-ops, and especially our churches.”
Citing Bannon’s multi-faceted role as vice president for Student Life, Brewer said Bannon brings great insight and influence to his new role: “Dr. Bannon and the many support staff under his leadership already are involved in the virtual totality of a student’s LC experience, excepting academics.”
“Given his knowledge, experience and capable leadership, Brandon’s new assignment in enrollment management is a natural fit,” Brewer noted. “I cannot think of a better equipped person to be the one who essentially recruits prospective students, introduces them to college life, and who shepherds them all along the way. Parents and pastors can have the highest confidence in Dr. Bannon, and students will be blessed to have the imprint of his ministry upon their lives.”
“Regarding both of these men, I am happy to serve with them as Louisiana College attempts to prepare graduates and transform lives,” Brewer said.
Both McGee and Bannon expressed gratitude regarding their new roles, saying the changes were an expression of confidence from Brewer, whose 30 years of collegiate administrative experience would be integral to their success.