News & PR
View the following collection of documents, press releases, and news articles for more information and background on Dr. Church and his legacy.
Backgrounder for Dr. Roy A. Church
A summary of Dr. Church's 29 years serving our college, our communities as a visionary leader, innovator and entrepreneur.
National Search Underway for Next LCCC President
October 12, 2015 (LCCC) - Immediately following Dr. Church's retirement announcement, Lorain County Community College engaged AGB Search to launch a national search for the next college president. To learn more about the search process, please visit the Presidential Search page on LorainCCC.edu (http://www.lorainccc.edu/Presidential+Search/).
Lorain County Community College President Roy Church to retire in 2016
October 12, 2015 (Cleveland.com) - President Roy Church, who has led the school since 1987, will retire June 30, 2016.
Roy Church stepping down as president of Lorain County Community College
October 12, 2015 (The Chronicle Telegram) - Roy Church, president of Lorain County Community College, announced Monday that he plans to step down June 30, a move that will bring an end to the longest presidency in the college's 52-year history.
Lorain County Community College president Roy A. Church to retire next June
October 12, 2015 (Crain's Cleveland Business) - In his announcement, Church said he came to the college "full of hope and aspiration for the impact this college could have on this community."
For more information about the campaign, please contact the LCCC Foundation office at (440) 366-4039
Tributes to Dr. Church
Please share your thoughts on how Dr. Church has impacted our College and our community. Comments will be shared directly with Dr. Church.
"Dr. Church will always be the face that comes to mind when I think of effective leadership. I am thankful I had the chance to work at LCCC and witness the power of perseverance, integrity and collaboration firsthand."
"I had the blessing of being able to work with Dr. Church when I was an employee of the Lorain County Urban League. His dedication, inspiration and integrity helped us to keep our programs up and running so that we were able to continue to help people of all races and beliefs throughout the community, We will miss your leadership Dr. Church."
"Congratulations on 45 years of service to higher education. Your innovative programs have touched the lives of countless students as well as the community as a whole. Your visionary thinking will ensure that the needs of future generations of students will continue to be fulfilled.
—AAUW Lorain Branch
"We are very lucky to have had you as our leader for so long. The college, students, industry and community have this resource and stepping stone because of your vision and dedication. You will be missed greatly. THANK YOU!"
"We have been so fortunate and blessed to have you as our leader these past 29+ years. Your great knowledge, strength and amazing talents are combined with a truly caring and compassionate person. Thank you, Dr. Church. You will be missed by all. "
"The elegant and dynamic leadership of Dr. Roy Church has had a profound impact on the Lorain County Community College, the institution he has led for nearly three decades. The indelible imprint he leaves behind upon his retirement has positively affected the lives of a countless number of citizens of Lorain County and beyond. Future generations will be the beneficiaries of his efforts for decades to come. All of Lorain County is in his debt.
Pat & Alan Spitzer
—Pat & Alan Spitzer
"Your leadership and enthusiasm for the potential of Lorain County's citizens as served by opportunities for affordable college education have been a true gift to all of us. Thank you."
"It is hard to believe that we have known each other for thirty years. The success and the acclaim that has been visited upon our community college as a result of your leadership is difficult to capture in mere words. I believe it is better captured by the achievements of thousands of students and entrepreneurs who have walked through the doors of LCCC. The community owes you more than what a paycheck can ever repay to you for your efforts. And, I might add your one on one basketball game wasn't so bad either. I certainly hope you and Bobbie remain a part of our community forever. Tony"
"Dr. Church - Thank you for your commitment to community engagement and your inspired leadership as BVU's Board Chair. NEO is a much better place thanks to your visionary tenure at LCCC and your presence in our community. Warm wishes for your encore!
"The most inspiring leader LCCC has ever had will be leaving us in a few weeks, but his accomplishments and vision will remain with us. Personally, I am very grateful for having the opportunity to work with such a fine all-around man. He has given us direction and inspiration and made a difference in our lives. I am a better accountant and a better person thanks to him.
In terms of profit and loss, his retirement is a loss for the college, but a profit for his family. I wish him a new journey of success and happiness in this new page of his life. May he be showered with abundant opportunities to do what his heart desires and a retirement full of health and happiness!
"I have always admired your tireless efforts to make our community and our region stronger. You have inspired us all through your combined gifts of wisdom, leadership and innovative thinking. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and learn from you. "
"LCCC was fortunate to have Dr. Church as their leader for such an extended period of time. It was my great experience to work with Dr. Church when he was Provost at BCC, FL many years ago. His unique leadership style and interaction with staff and students taught me so much as I moved forward in the business world. "
—Audrey Moritz Ciancutti