Criswell News

Stanton gift, retiring faculty member highlight April board meeting

Kendall Lyons |May 12, 2021

The Criswell College Board of Trustees was welcomed with exciting news of Mary L.A. Stanton’s commitment to an additional $5MM toward a structure complementary to the new residence hall, to begin funding in five years.

The Advancement Office reported that additional donors are needed to follow this lead gift in order to complete the project debt-free.

The board received a positive financial report for FY21, with June 30 gains in net income, asset growth, and positive cash flow. The report also included a request to allow $1.21MM to remain from authorized funds and be incorporated into FY22. The Finance and Properties Committee voted unanimously to approve the timeframe extension and also the proposed FY22 budget.

Criswell College President Barry Creamer introduced our new board members: Matt Cole, Dr. Anthony George, Katie Herbert, Sally Kankey, Chris Lantrip, Barbara Miller, Aaron Scarbrough, Bill Watson, and Dr. Tony Wolfe.

During the meeting, the board unanimously approved the Academic Affairs Committee motion, confirming the President’s conferral of emeritus status upon retiring faculty member Dr. H. Leroy Metts.

The Academic Affairs Office provided information on the Common Student Experience, known as Criswell 360°, briefly describing the elements of our distinctive program model, focusing on the first-year experience, “Roots of a Christian Scholar,” and sharing student feedback. The board received an update on the newly formed Criswell chapter of the Psi Chi International Honors Society.

Board members were given the opportunity via Zoom to hear from graduating seniors Caleb Shockey and Naomi Karanja on their time at Criswell and their plans for the future.

Finally, the board recognized and approved the list of proposed May graduates, contingent upon the completion of all academic and other requirements.

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