SAN DIMAS, Calif. – On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, the Life Pacific University Board of Trustees appointed Angela (Angie) Richey, Life Pacific alumna and current Vice President of Enrollment and Chief Communications Officer, to become the 11th president of Life Pacific University.
Richey brings an expansive knowledge of the institution, higher education, and The Foursquare Church to this position. She is widely regarded as a gifted educator and future-focused innovator with a proven track record of adaptive leadership.
As one who has served in faculty, staff, and executive roles at Life Pacific University for over 20 years, she is well acquainted with the history and inner workings of LPU from a variety of perspectives. During her previous roles as Adjunct Professor (1999-2019), Director of Enrollment (2009-2012), and Vice President of Enrollment and Chief Communications Officer (2016-2019), she bolstered enrollment, successfully built a media and marketing team, and developed a compelling brand identity true to LPU’s mission and values. As a Cabinet member, she led Life Pacific into its eight-year reaffirmation with WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), and continued accreditation with ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education).
She is a recognized voice in Christian higher education, recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and demonstrates a keen understanding of the felt-needs of Generation Z, having presented at the CCCU(Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) 2018 International Forum and other national conferences.
Richey is known as an active culture builder who has a history of developing and empowering high caliber, diverse teams. Her ability to identify talent in others and connect people with efforts they are passionate about has created a strong culture of ownership and helped to propel the university forward.
Michael Whyte, Ph.D., Chair of the Board, states “The LPU Board of Trustees wholeheartedly and enthusiastically agreed that Angie Richey is the ideal president to lead the university forward in this pivotal time. Her personal faith commitment, her love of the university, her multi-faceted experience in the higher education landscape, and her fervent commitment to raising up leaders qualifies her for this crucial role. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her as our president.”
Richey expressed gratitude and enthusiasm stepping forward into this new position. “I am truly honored to serve as the eleventh president of Life Pacific University. Thank you to the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee for your confidence. It is humbling to follow in the footsteps of such great leaders from our founder Aimee Semple McPherson, whose vision for the University still remains vibrant and relevant to this day, to our most recent president Dr. Jim J. Adams,” said Richey.
Life Pacific transitioned from college to university status under the leadership of President Emeritus Jim J. Adams. Adams affirms, “I am excited about the appointment of my friend and colleague, Rev. Angie Richey, as the 11th President of Life Pacific University. As the first woman since our founder to lead the historic institution, Richey is an expert on the upcoming generation of students and has a rich and deep understanding of the needs and characteristics of these future leaders of The Foursquare Church. We are indeed blessed with Angie’s leadership and 20 years of experience in both higher education and The Foursquare Church. The University’s best days are ahead!”
Richey, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a vibrant speaker, has been ordained as a minister in the Foursquare movement since 1998. When referring to the relationship between Life Pacific University and The Foursquare Church, Richey says, “We are better together. This is one of my core beliefs. LPU’s partnership with The Foursquare National Church and Foursquare Missions International is foundational, and now is the time for even greater missional alignment. Engaging these partners has been my privilege both professionally and personally.”
This appointment follows a four-month national search. The search committee, comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, and members of The Foursquare Church, recommended four finalists to the Board of Trustees for further consideration, at which point one candidate withdrew from the process. The final candidates had an opportunity to meet with various campus constituencies prior to the final board selection.
LPU Trustee and Presidential Search Co-Chair Jessie Cruickshank states, “We cannot be more pleased that our rigorous and thorough process has identified Angie Richey as the next president of Life Pacific University. We believe she is the one the Lord has chosen for our next season and we look forward to it with all anticipation.”
Richey states “I look forward to working with our LPU Community to build upon the University’s strong foundation, to advance influence through service, and to live passionately on mission for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace and the world.”
Please join the Board of Trustees in congratulating and welcoming Angie Richey, 11th President of Life Pacific University.
Life Pacific University is a WSCUC and ABHE accredited institution of biblical higher education existing for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world. The university has been educating leaders since 1923 and enrolls nearly 700 students in traditional undergraduate, non-traditional, and graduate programs. The university offers NAIA intercollegiate athletics and dynamic degrees in business, ministry, biblical studies, communication, human development and psychology, worship arts and media, and strategic leadership all taught from a spirit-filled, Pentecostal perspective. We believe that a biblically centered-education is transformative and will prepare students for effective careers and fruitful ministry within the church and the marketplace.