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Criswell College trustees approve budget, elect faculty, and endorse President’s bestowal of emeritus status

Kendall Lyons | May 10, 2022

The Criswell College board of trustees received an update on the college’s strategic plan, approved the 2023 fiscal year budget, approved the 2022 graduates, elected a new faculty member, and endorsed President Barry Creamer’s bestowal of emeritus status upon Dr. R. Alan Streett.  

Dr. Creamer shared progress the college has made in implementing its 2020 – 2025 strategic plan, 360° Forward. The college continues to successfully roll out Criswell 360°, its common student experience which provides every student a sequence of classroom and campus activities that is both challenging and supportive and that ensures every student is able to develop within themselves the core values of the college. Other achievements include improvements to the college’s course registration process, new recruitment strategies, and upgrades to the college’s marketing and communications.  

Following the president’s update, trustees unanimously approved the college’s 2023 fiscal year budget.  

The board also unanimously approved the current list of proposed graduates for May 2022, contingent upon completion of all degree requirements. Before the vote, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics graduate-elect James Mayville shared a heartfelt story about finding Criswell College and how it has been his home for the last four years.  

The board unanimously approved the election of Dr. Jennifer Burgess as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling. Dr. Burgess received a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Louisiana and a Doctor of Psychology from the University of Denver. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Keller, TX.  

Before adjourning, trustees unanimously endorsed the president’s bestowal of emeritus status on Dr. R. Alan Streett. Dr. Streett has served the college for many years as a professor (1983 – 88, 1998 – present), the W.A. Criswell Endowed Chair of Expository Preaching, and Editor of Criswell Theological Review. He is the first Criswell faculty member elected to the International Society for New Testament Studies.  

“In his three decades as a professor at Criswell College, Dr. Alan Streett has wielded as much positive influence on the institution as anyone in its history,” President Creamer said.  

He has consistently been one of if not the favorite among professors, and is one of the most sought-after conversations at conventions and alumni gatherings. His books have been influential in the church and have made the college better known. He has been exactly what students, colleagues, and others have always needed: at times pastoral, fatherly, friendly, firm; but always faithful to his calling as a teacher of the Word and follower of Jesus. No one will fill his shoes. But all of us hope to walk forward in his path.” 

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.