DALLAS—After an extended search, Criswell College announced the hiring of Michael Clayton as the new Vice President of Advancement, effective July 1.
A Dallas native, Clayton received his undergraduate degree from Dallas Baptist University and pursued theological education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth as well as Luther Rice Seminary.
Over the course of his career he spent 15 years as President of the Southeast Texas Better Business Bureau and over 20 years serving local churches in administrative and pastoral roles.
“Since the day I began as president two years ago I have been searching and praying for the person God would send our way as Vice President of Advancement,” president Barry Creamer said. “We believe Michael’s personal gifts will make the college’s relationships even stronger, just as his professional skills will augment our administrative work.”
For the last four years Clayton has addressed audiences across the world as a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and as a business consultant to numerous clients including State Farm, Coldwell Banker, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
“It is an honor to serve Criswell College to advance its mission to engage minds and transform culture through the power of God’s Word and His leadership,” Clayton said.
According to Creamer, Clayton’s proven track record as a leader throughout his career made him the perfect candidate for the position.
“It has been more than 45 years since Dr. Criswell imagined the reality of this college,” Creamer said. “It is uplifting to be joined in that pursuit by someone who not only understands the vision of our founder, faculty, staff, students, and supporters, but also has the expertise and experience to help us achieve it.”
As Vice President of Advancement, Clayton will oversee the Departments of External Relations and Development. He will also lead efforts to secure financial support for the school through development of the annual fund, coordination of major gifts, and management of estate planning.
“Criswell College has a rich and successful history of positively influencing the lives of students and others beyond its campus,” Clayton said. “I am privileged to be part of its future growth and transformation to significantly impact the world.”
During his time with the southeast Texas Better Business Bureau it held an 18% market share for four straight years, the highest ever in the 100 years of the organization and three times the international average.
In addition to his corporate experience, Clayton is also a best-selling author and spent time as the Vice-President and Executive Director of Feed the Children in Oklahoma City.
“The greatest days are ahead for Criswell College,” he said. “Bright and dedicated students, passionate faculty and staff, and sacrificial partners will make it possible, and I have quickly discovered they are already here.”
Clayton will serve under Presidential appointment until he can be confirmed by the Board of Trustees at an upcoming meeting.