Stories from homecoming: Chairman positive about university’s future

KNOXVILLE — Homecoming week is a time for past and present students to interact and build on the foundation of what it means to be a part of the Johnson University community.

For L.D. Campbell, Chairman of the board of trustees and a 1965 graduate of JU, homecoming promised the chance to see familiar faces and an opportunity to visit his second home.

“Johnson University is where I met some of the most important people in my life,” Campbell said. “I met my wife and closest friends while attending Johnson Bible College.”

L.D. Campbell has helped lay the past, present and future foundation of  Johnson University

Campbell said he came to Johnson to pursue preaching and church leadership.

Campbell, originally from Burlington, Ky., enrolled in school in the summer of 1961 and worked on campus to help pay for school.

“I came out of Johnson knowing what a disciple of Jesus was and what was required of a disciple of Jesus,” Campbell said. “It came from the class room but more so from life on campus.”

During his three years working on campus, Campbell helped lay the foundation for some of the buildings still in use today.

Campbell has served for more than 10 years as the chairman of the board of trustees.

The board of trustees approves financial matters and guides the president of the university.

Throughout Campbell’s time as chairman, a lot has changed at Johnson.

Campbell was at the helm of the board as the school changed its name from Johnson Bible College to Johnson University and then merged with Florida Christian College.

“We took on the University title to bring in more majors so we can serve Christ in different ways,” Campbell said. “We are only going to continue to grow and find ways to spread the gospel to the ends of the Earth.”

In addition to serving on the board, Campbell is the pastor of First Church of Christ in Burlington, Ky., a position he has held for 27 years.

Campbell credits his time at Johnson for training him to go into the world and make an impact.





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