Judson University Announces New President Dr. Gene C. Crume Jr. as Spring Commencement Speaker
(Elgin, IL - April 11, 2013) Judson University has announced its President Elect, Dr. Gene C. Crume, as the keynote speaker for their spring commencement ceremonies, scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Lindner Fitness Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin).
Dr. Crume joins Judson University this spring as the institution’s sixth university president. 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, where he served as the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. 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.
Judson announced Dr. Crume's presidency in February. His tenure began on April 8 as President-elect. After a brief transition time he will assume the role of President on May 10.
At the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony, 90 students will graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Art, Design and Architecture. Legacy Alumni that graduated from Judson College 40 or 45 years ago will gather for the 10 a.m. service, where they will be recognized and awarded a Judson University Diploma. Three alumni from the class of 1968 and three alumni from the class of 1973 will be honored.
At the 2 p.m. ceremony, 110 students will graduate from the School of Education and the School of Leadership and Business.