Criswell News

October board meeting focuses on changes to meet the future

Kendall Lyons |November 10, 2020

Board members and staff thanked God for His many blessings and shared new strategies for the future during the October 29th Board of Trustees.

The morning session began with a testimony from Caleb Miller, a current student, as he shared his experience discovering Criswell College and how God has been working out his calling through the institution. The afternoon portion featured a testimony from alumna Caitlyn Parsons, a Spring 2020 graduate who is now interning for public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.

During the morning session, Criswell College President Barry Creamer discussed recent financial gifts for the new residence hall and endowments for student financial assistance. He also provided an overview on the college’s strong financial health as well as financial strategies based on its recent successful audit. He concluded the morning by addressing personnel changes within the Office of Admissions and the college’s new enrollment strategies.

“Criswell College has always been about providing quality higher education for students who want to give their lives and careers away in service to God,” Dr. Creamer said. “Focusing recruitment and admissions strategies on churches, private schools, and home school groups allows us to reach exactly the future vocational church ministers, Bible scholars, elementary school teachers, counselors, and other political, legal, and economic leaders who can serve as ambassadors for Christ and peacemakers in our culture.”

Board member Harold Rawlings resigned from the board after nearly five years of service to the college. In a letter to the board, Dr. Rawlings expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve and best wishes for the college’s future as he transitions to focusing on other responsibilities. Dr. Gary Ledbetter will complete his service as Ex Officio Trustee for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention (SBTC) at the end of 2020 and will be succeeded by Dr. Kenneth Priest.

Trustees approved a motion to re-elect J.D. Points as an At-Large member and Ed Rawls as a W.A. Criswell Foundation member. The board approved a motion to elect new members Matt Cole, Dr. Anthony George, Sally Kankey, Chris Lantrip, Aaron Scarbrough, and Bill Watson. Lantrip was also elected Chairman while Ann Hettinger and Jack Pogue were elected Vice Chairman and Secretary, respectively.

Current board chairman David Galvan received a hand-delivered gift to his home’s front door during the virtual board meeting as an expression of the college’s gratitude for his service in that role.

The board also approved the Executive Committee’s motion to accept revisions to the college’s bylaws, and the Finance and Properties Committee received approval to use CapinCrouse as the college’s auditor for the upcoming financial year.

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.