Larry McCullough, the president of the private Christian college Laurel University in High Point for the past three years, will retire at the end of June, according to an announcement from the school.
Under McCullough's leadership, the former John Wesley College attained university status from the state and changed its name, signed articulation agreements with seven community colleges and launched the first virtual MBA degree program to be offered by a Bible college, among other achievements, the school said. Enrollment has increased by 289 percent over the three years to 384 total students, and Laurel received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation in February.
“My greatest satisfaction has been to see men and women become equipped to serve God more effectively, whatever their calling or profession,” McCullough said. “Today’s new Christian leader views the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ as representing our Lord not only in foreign villages, but also in the corporate board room, the inner city and everywhere in between. I am pleased to see that this is what graduates of Laurel University are now doing."
McCullough's career in Christian higher education spans 40 years, during which time he has been president of four colleges. A search committee at Laurel University has formed to seek a replacement.