Rick Brewer (academic)

Richard Bennett Brewer, Jr.(born April 19, 1956),[citation needed] is an American academic administrator, currently serving as the ninth president of the Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College. He succeeded the interim president Argile Smith on April 7, 2015, who filled in for eight months following the resignation of Joe W. Aguillard in 2014.[2]

Richard Bennett Brewer, Jr.
9th President of Louisiana College
Assumed office
April 7, 2015
Preceded byArgile Smith (interim)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-19) April 19, 1956 (age 63)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican[1]
Spouse(s)Catherine W. Brewer
ParentsRichard Sr., and Frances Dike Brewer
ResidencePineville, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma materCharleston Southern University (BA)
University of South Carolina (MBA)

Early life and educationEdit

Brewer is the oldest of three sons of the former Frances Dike (born 1936) and the Reverend Richard Brewer, Sr. (July 15, 1934 – September 7, 1990).[citation needed] He was born in New Orleans, where his parents lived while the senior Brewer studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.[3]

Raised in North Carolina, Brewer received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, a Baptist liberal arts institution in North Charleston, South Carolina. He later earned a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina in educational administration. He also completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University and Duke University.[3]


Brewer has worked for over 30 years in higher education. Since assuming his role as President of Louisiana College, the school has developed three new graduate programs, and established partnerships with Louisiana Tech University and Union University.[4]

In addition to his work in education, Brewer has also released original music and is an ordained Baptist minister.

Personal lifeEdit

Brewer and his wife, Cathy Brewer, have two adult sons, Jason and Jonathan.[3]


  1. ^ "Richard Brewer, April 1956". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Leigh Guidry, "Louisiana College trustees consider new contract for Aguillard," March 2, 2014". Alexandria Town Talk. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Brian Blackwell (March 6, 2015). "Rick Brewer to lead Louisiana College". The Baptist Message. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Meet the President | Louisiana College". www.lacollege.edu. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
Preceded by
Argile Smith (interim)
10th President of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana

Richard Bennett "Rick" Brewer, Jr.

Succeeded by