Leaders of Exemplary Character

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Our Vision

Transforming the workplace by training up leaders of exemplary character.

Our Approach

We foster environments for individuals to grow in faith and character, equipping them with cutting edge leadership competencies, and developing them to be ambassadors of hope, peace, and life in their workplaces.

Our Mission

To advance the understanding, practice, and development of Christian service and leadership to the glory of God and the benefit of society.


About The Lytle Center


The Lytle Center for Faith and Leadership is an academic center at Abilene Christian University.  The Center was endowed to serve the larger ACU community in character and leadership development efforts with a generous donor gift in 2015.  Initial efforts of the Center included sponsoring and advancing Leadership Summit and the Distinguished Speaker Series, two spiritually formative leadership events started by the founding Director and namesake for the Center, Dr. Rick Lytle.  Dr. Lytle was the Dean of the College of Business Administration at ACU from 1999-2016 and now serves as the CEO and President of CEO Forum and continues in a Director Emeritus role with the Lytle Center.


As the Lytle Center focuses on the vision of “transforming the workplace by training up leaders of exemplary character,” it seeks to serve the ACU community by offering curricular and co-curricular programming in the area of spiritual leadership development.  Grounded in the rich faith heritage of ACU, the Lytle Center strives to create environments conducive to the formation of leaders who have unrivaled character and leadership competency.  Since our primary focus is on formation, our programming and events are tailored to be communal experiences marked by relationship, accountability, and authenticity.  We couple this formational process with training in the latest research on effective leadership practices.  The Lytle Center actively  encourages the discovery and dissemination of organizational leadership research, specifically as it intersects with faith. 




Lytle Center By the Numbers

Here are a few statistics regarding the engagement of Lytle Center programming and events.

% That Would Recommend Summit to a Friend

Alumni of Leadership Summit

Distinguished Speaker Series Events

Years Of Leadership Summit


Established in 1998, Leadership Summit is a 3-credit undergraduate short course on Christian Business Leadership Principles.  The course is held at picturesque offsite camps for one week every January.  Leadership Summit blends academic rigor with an environment ripe for deep and personal encounters with God.

Our Office

1730 ACU Drive, MBB 272
Abilene, TX 79699, USA

Contact Us

(325) 674-2502

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

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