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Rev. Dr. Mark La Branche, an influential educational leader, began his duties as the new president of Martin Methodist College (MMC) on July 1. Before coming to MMC, La Branche left an impressive mark on multiple institutions with leadership in advancement, fundraising, and church affiliations.  His most recent position was serving as president of Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC where he moved in 2009 after serving 7 years at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Al.

 

During his eight-year tenure at Louisburg College, La Branche oversaw the United Methodist-affiliated school’s increase in enrollment, an increase in graduates, and a five-year, $18 million fundraising campaign that exceeded its goals by 20 percent. He also helped steer the college through the end of a turbulent probation period to full, 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation in June 2016.

 

Having worked closely with small, church-related institutions sharing missions similar to that of MMC for majority of his career, La Branche is incredibly familiar within this new setting, and he’s already working toward guiding MMC to becoming the “educational epicenter” for the 13 counties of south central Tennessee.

“As an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and in my role at two fine United Methodist Colleges, I have experienced the vital importance of the church connection both practically and philosophically. In my role at Huntingdon College, I established the Bishop Paul A. Duffey Institute for Church Leadership and directed the Rural Church Leadership Initiative. Serving in the parish for 18 years at not only some of the smallest and most remote churches but also with some of the largest and most resourceful congregations has given me keen insight and a unique perspective that will enable me to build an even stronger relationship between Martin Methodist and the Church.” –

Dr. Mark La Branche

Introducing Martin Methodist College’s 31st President:
Dr. Mark La Branche

Rev. Dr. Mark La Branche, an influential educational leader, began his duties as the new president of Martin Methodist College (MMC) on July 1. Before coming to MMC, La Branche left an impressive mark on multiple institutions with leadership in advancement, fundraising, and church affiliations.  His most recent position was serving as president of Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC, where he moved in 2009 after serving 7 years at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL.

During his eight-year tenure at Louisburg College, La Branche oversaw the United Methodist-affiliated school’s increase in enrollment, an increase in graduates, and a five-year, $18 million fundraising campaign that exceeded its goals by 20 percent. He also helped steer the college through the end of a turbulent probation period to full, 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation in June 2016.

Having worked closely with small, church-related institutions sharing missions similar to that of MMC for majority of his career, La Branche is incredibly familiar within this new setting, and he’s already working toward guiding MMC to becoming the “educational epicenter” for the 13 counties of south central Tennessee, and a national model for rural, faith-based, higher education.

Dr. La Branche is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and served 18 years in the Alabama –West Florida Annual Conference, serving some of the smallest and most remote churches but also some of the largest and most resourceful congregations. He holds degrees from Emory University Candler School of Theology and Boston University School of Theology. 

                                                                                                            

Dr. La Branche is married to Mona, his wife of more than 37 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.