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Lenoir-Rhyne University
(formerly Lenoir-Rhyne College)
Established 1891
Location Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Nickname Bears
Affiliations Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts university founded in 1891 and located in Hickory, North Carolina, in the western part of the state. The university is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Lenoir-Rhyne enrolls approximately 1,600 students.

The university's curriculum combines liberal arts with professional studies. Lenoir-Rhyne was selected in 2005 as a "College of Distinction" by Colleges of Distinction based on student engagement, quality teaching, community, and successful outcomes. Lenoir-Rhyne was also ranked first in the state in its category by U.S. News & World Report in its 2007 America’s Best Colleges issue. The rankings, released Aug. 18, 2006, also placed the former college 11th in the South in the category Best Comprehensive Colleges – Bachelor’s.


Students and faculty

Lenoir-Rhyne University enrolls approximately 1,600, 13% of which are minorities. 70% of faculty hold doctoral degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Organizations and athletics

There are over 100 student clubs and organizations on campus.

LRU fields 17 intercollegiate teams and competes in NCAA Division II as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. The school nickname is the Bears. Club teams are popular among students and have received national recognition in recent years.




Notable alumni


  • Richard L. Lael, current Cotton Endowed Professor of Humanities at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the author of several award-winning books on American military and diplomatic history.

College Basketball

  • John Lentz, Current Head Coach of Lenoir-Rhyne University. His son Bryan Lentz is the Associate Head Coach.

NFL Players

  • John Milem, DE, 49ers/Panthers 2000-01
  • Jeremy Phillips, OG, Falcons 2004-05
  • Craig Keith, TE, Steelers/Jaguars 1993-95
  • Shannon Myers, WR, Dolphins 1994
  • Tim Clarke, LB, Rhein Fire (NFL Europa) 2007


  • David W. Hoyle, NC state senator
  • Mike Pope, New York Giants tight ends coach
  • David R. Thomas, British Tigers FC, Goal Keeper
  • Perry Fewell, Buffalo Bills interim head coach

Presidents of Lenoir-Rhyne

  • Dr. Robert Anderson Yoder (1891 - 1901)
  • Robert L Fritz (1901 - 1920)
  • Dr. J. C. Perry (1920 - 1925)
  • H. Brent Schaeffer (1926 - 1934)
  • Dr. P. E. Monroe (1934 - 1949)
  • Dr. Voigt R. Cromer (1949 - 1967)
  • Dr. Raymond M. Bost (1967 - 1976)
  • Albert Allran, interim, (1982 - 1984)
  • Dr. John E. Trainer, Jr. (1984 - 1994)
  • Dr. Ryan A. LaHurd (1994 - 2002)
  • Dr. Wayne B. Powell (2002-)

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