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McPherson, Kansas – The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the inauguration of Dr. Leonard “Lenny” F. Favara, as the 14th President of Central Christian College of Kansas. While Dr. Favara was named the President of the College back in September of 2018, the official inauguration ceremonies are planned for October 4, 2019.
Dr. Favara first became acquainted with Central Christian College of Kansas when he attended Central College as a student in 1987. During that time, he was as a member of the Cross Country team and served on Student Government as the Christian Life Director. He graduated both with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Ministry.
Before returning to Central Christian College of Kansas in 2000, Favara served as an ordained minister for the Free Methodist Church of North America. His service as a Minister of Creative Arts and Youth included positions in Colorado, Florida, and Pennsylvania. In addition, he has served the national church as an administrator, planning and organizing regional and national youth events.
Over the past 20 years, Favara has served under a number of titles including Coach, Dean, Professor, Pastor, Provost, and now President. During that time, Favara also completed a Master of Science from Kansas State University and then went on to complete a Doctorate in Philosophy in Psychology, with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, from Northcentral University in Scottsdale, AZ.
In the local community, “Lenny” has been a proud supporter of McPherson and the surrounding area. Currently, he serves on the Hospital Board and the United Way Board. Though, if asked, he would tell you that some of his most enjoyable memories stem from his time with the McPherson Community Theatre directing such favorites as Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Honk, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. When not directing from behind the scenes, you may find him down at the Cosmosphere where he volunteers in the education department.
Demonstrating a deep commitment to student success and a great appreciation for the College’s historical context and mission, Dr. Favara is passionate about guiding the College and preparing it for its next 135 years of service. His first year at the helm has been one defined by growth, excitement, and service. Humbled and honored to begin this new role at Central Christian, Favara said. “Scripture tells us that God orders our steps. Therefore, I trust God’s timing and submit to His design during this important juncture in the history of this great institution. Dea and I stand ready to take on the enormously exciting challenge of running the next portion of the race set before us”.
Dr. Favara is married to Dr. Deanna (Martin) Favara, daughter of Kenneth, CC’61, and Vida Martin. Having served in a number of roles at Central Christian including Administrative Assistant to Student Development, Resident Director Online Instructor, and Director of Dual-Credit, “Dea” now looks forward to serving the campus community as First Lady. Having met at Central Christian, the two recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. They have two children (Jeremiah & Joseph) that are going into first grade at Lincoln Elementary this year.
About Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, soul, mind, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central, go to centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the athletics website to follow the basketball teams and other athletic programs.