Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr.
Judson University President
Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr. was named Judson University’s president in February 2013. Dr. Crume started his service at Judson in April 2013 as President-elect; he officially assumed the role of President on May 10. His formal installation as President was October 24, 2013.
Since arriving at Judson, Dr. Crume has led the University through its first comprehensive strategic planning process. The Board of Trustees approved the plan, Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Judson University, 2014-2019, in February, and the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are already engaged in over 200 specific goals, objectives and actions steps related to the plan. Included in the strategic plan was the creation of a 10-year Campus Master Plan. That process is also underway, and it is scheduled to be presented to the Trustees in October.
Before coming to Judson, Dr. Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on issues related to external relations and strategic planning. Dr. Crume spent a significant portion of his career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University (WKU), where he served as the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. His career also includes serving as Executive Vice President and Assistant Professor at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and President of the Indiana State University Foundation.
While at Midland Lutheran College, Dr. Crume served on the President’s Cabinet and was operationally responsible for admissions, athletics, constituent relations, development, financial aid and marketing. He served as chief development officer and led efforts that resulted in a 13 percent increase in annual gift revenue during his tenure. He oversaw student recruitment and admissions and successfully created strategies for targeted communications, opening new markets, embracing new technologies and creating a recruiting approach that involved the entire campus community. A few of his accomplishments while in this role include the establishment of an educational partnership with Mwika Lutheran Bible College in Tanzania, Africa; service as co-advisor of the Anderson Leader Scholars; and chairing the college-wide Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr. Crume grew up in Owensboro, Ky., and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and his Master’s degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Education with a minor concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Virginia. Throughout his career he has been committed to passing on his experience and knowledge by serving as assistant professor or adjunct instructor for classes in business, public relations and communications at several institutions, including Western Kentucky University, Indiana State University, Midland Lutheran College, Mars Hill College and the University of Virginia. He is currently teaching Media Arts 443: Fundamentals of Public Relations at Judson. He has also served as a keynote speaker at college commencements, leadership seminars and association meetings. Dr. Crume has authored articles for national magazines, newspapers and academic journals.
Dr. Crume is married to Cindy Smith Crume of Bowling Green, Ky., also a Western Kentucky University graduate with a degree in Public Relations. Gene and Cindy’s daughter, Alexandra, is a student at Vanderbilt University. Their son, Gene III, is a student at Westminster Christian School. The Crumes attend First Baptist Church of Elgin, Ill.