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Lenoir-Rhyne University
P.O. Box 7467
Hickory, NC 28601
Telephone: 828-328-7431
Our Staff

Kelly Knetsche
Kelly Knetsche is the associate vice president of development. She comes to LR from Davidson College, where she was the manager of the $425 million Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World campaign.


Rev. Dr. Robert E. Allen
The Reverend Dr. Robert E. Allen is the executive director of development for the Columbia Graduate Center, including the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and the Asheville Graduate Center. Dr. Allen has served at LRU for 17 years in various positions, most recently as Executive Director of Advancement Relations.


Andy Anderson
Andy Anderson '73, is a major gifts officer with a focus on athletic giving. Previously, Andy worked in the North Carolina Public Schools as a coach, counselor, educator, principal, and associate superintendent. Andy comes to Lenoir Rhyne after a five year tenure as the public school liaison for Catawba Valley Community College.

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Cat Serrin Niekro
Cat Serrin Niekro is the vice president for institutional advancement. She joined LR in 2017 and was previously at Davidson College and the University of Michigan.


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