Lytle_inlineCLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—Summit University honored Dr. James R. Lytle as the school’s 10th president at an inauguration dinner and chapel service Jan. 28 and 29.

A veteran educator and missionary, Lytle has over 30 years of experience in Biblical higher education. Immediately prior to accepting the role as president, he served as provost at the university.

Dr. John Greening, a Summit alum, chairman of the board of trustees, and national representative of Regular Baptist Churches, outlined essential areas trustees considered during the extensive vetting process of the presidential search, ranging from the core of theology and doctrine to leadership and vision, philosophy of education, and management performance.

“The unique blend of education experience, theological conviction, . . . and Christ-like demeanor placed Dr. Lytle undeniably at the top of the list,” confirmed Dr. Greening. After working alongside Dr. Lytle for the past year, Dr. Greening admitted, “I speak of Dr. Lytle’s leadership, even through challenges, not only with hopeful confidence, but in informed confidence that he is God’s man for this job.” Lytle2_inline

Although inaugurations typically involve a more formal focus on the honored guest, Dr. Lytle requested that this inauguration break from tradition. Deferring formalities and attention on his position, he instead turned the attention back to students. The highlight of the Inauguration Chapel was the awarding of 14 Presidential Inauguration Scholarships.

The scholarships were created to honor students who are transforming their studies at Summit University of Pennsylvania into innovative service for Christ while they are enrolled at the university.

This type of student focus is characteristic of Dr. Lytle’s approach to his role. “Even leading up to him assuming the presidency, he has always had a heart for students and finding new and creative ways to encourage them into taking ministry opportunities,” explained Dr. Lee Kliewer, executive director of the Office of the President. “One of the key marks of this president is to identify opportunities for students, in a changing world culture, to serve in God’s harvest in a variety of ways.”