The Town of Louisburg honored Louisburg College President Mark La Branche Monday night for his service to the community, thanking him for leading the transformation of the college and for his dedication to the town and to Franklin County.
Dr. La Branche, who leaves in June to become president of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., arrived in January 2009 when Louisburg College was experiencing financial difficulties and was on probation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
He oversaw increased enrollment, higher grade-point averages, reaffirmation of accreditation, and a successful capital campaign that raised $18.8 million. He and his wife, Mona, became involved in the community, serving as leaders in their downtown neighborhood, their church and the town.
Dr. La Branche served as president of the Franklin County United Way, president of the Lions Club, participated in the town’s economic development committee and was named 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
The Town Council presented him with the resolution and a glass memento in appreciation. “You served as such a catalyst for things in Louisburg and Franklin County,” said Councilmember Emma Stewart.