Judson University to Install Sixth President Dr. Gene C. Crume Jr. on October 24
(Elgin, IL - September 25, 2013) Judson University welcomed Dr. Gene C. Crume Jr. as its sixth president this past spring, and the school will celebrate his new leadership with an official installation ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin.) This event is open to the public. A community event with refreshments and mingling will follow the ceremony. To register for the event, visit JudsonU.edu/Installation.
“I feel very blessed and humbled by the invitation to join the Judson community,” says Dr. Crume. “I believe that our university is strategically prepared for another successful 50 years because of its strong community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors that are working together to make Judson flourish in its calling to equip students as future leaders. Together, we can shape lives that shape the world.”
In the sixth months since stepping into his role as university president, Dr. Crume has connected with the community, both on campus and in the Fox Valley, through numerous events, including Judson’s World Leaders Forum which hosted former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in April, as well as Judson’s Community Prayer Breakfast in May, and the annual Independence Day Parade in Elgin. He was also a guest speaker at the City of Elgin’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.
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.
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 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. The Crumes reside in Elgin, with their son Gene III. Their daughter Alexandra is a freshman at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.