LBC Graduation

Lancaster Bible College President Peter W. Teague speaks during the commencement ceremony May 11, 2018.

Lancaster Bible College’s longtime president has announced he will retire in August 2019.

Peter Teague, who is entering his 20th year as president at the 85-year-old institution, shared his decision to retire with trustees on Tuesday.

His last day will be Aug. 1, 2019.

“I am grateful for every day that the Lord has given me the tremendous opportunity to be a small part of this grand timeline,” Teague said in a statement. “I do not have words to express my overwhelming sense of gratitude for the honor and privilege that has been mine to serve as president.”

Under Teague’s leadership, the college has tripled in size and grown from one location in Manheim Township to five locations in four states and an initiative in Uganda. The college now has three doctoral programs, seven master’s progams, along with 25 undergraduate majors.

The five-story Teague Learning Commons, named after the president and his wife, Paulette, is one of 17 major building projects the president has overseen. The 43,000-square-foot building houses the library, plus a cafe and technology classrooms.

The college has been nationally recognized by organizations such as the Association of Biblical Higher Education and The Wall Street Journal.

Lancaster Bible has been criticized under Teague’s tutelage, mainly because of the college’s views on homosexuality.

In 2016, Campus Pride, a nonprofit focused on LGBT safety and inclusion in higher education, named Lancaster Bible one of the “absolute worst campuses” for LGBT youth.

Protesters in July gathered outside the campus to oppose the anti-LGBT views of Ryan T. Anderson, who spoke at an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute at the college’s Good Shepherd Chapel.

At the time, college spokesman Keith Baum said the college was not affiliated with the event, nor does it “have anything to do with our policies.”

Philip Clemens, LBC’s board of trustees chair, said Teague “is among the finest leaders” he’s worked with. Teague’s tenure is the third longest among all private college presidents in Pennsylvania.

The board of trustees has established a presidential search committee as the college seeks its next president.