New Laurel president jumps into work
Stephen Condon came to Laurel University from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he served as vice president for Enrollment Services.
The new president officially has held his position for a slightly more than one month and said he’s ready to put in work.
“There’s plenty to do, if you like to work, it’s enough to keep you busy for sure,” Condon said. “The challenges of the university are substantial enough where I wanted something that would challenge me and challenge the tools I’ve acquired in my career. I saw it as a God-portunity.”
While about 75 percent of Laurel’s enrollment is online, Condon said he wants to focus on making the university more like a traditional university.
“I’d like to start by adding some co-curricular activities, like intercollegiate sports,” Condon said. “I’d love to get in to the band and choir and the music side of things and develop our music. I’d like to get a Women’s Leadership Institute as a co-curricular activity where we take advantage of the women CEOs and COOs that I have met through the Chamber (of Commerce) and through the city and those on our board.”
Condon also said he’d like to start a couple of scholarship programs.
“We want to get some energy and excitement behind us and develop our niche, particularly in the community first,” he said. “We’ll build some quality and rigor into those programs and build that traditional side.”
Condon said he also would like for High Pointers to see the campus from the main streets it sits off of, Eastchester Drive and Centennial Avenue.
“We’re going to be opening up some of the trees so people can see us from Eastchester,” he said. “We’re going to be building some fields so it looks like there are kids on campus. We have a beautiful campus here, and I’d like to develop it. That means an academic building, a dormitory, getting up to about 500 students, and I don’t see that as that ambitious.”
Condon moved to High Point with his wife, Becky.
Prior to serving at LeTourneau, Condon was president of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn.; vice president for enrollment management and student affairs/dean of students at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga.; vice president for student services and dean of students at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.; and vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn.
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