by Keith Collier
Southern Baptist Texan
October 5, 2015

DALLAS—Criswell College trustees formally approved a vice president of finance for the institution, elected new board officers and approved various policies and administrative procedures during its fall meeting, Oct. 1.

Criswell CollegeTrustees unanimously approved the naming of Kevin Stilley as vice president of finance and Chief Business Officer. Stilley, a Criswell graduate, worked for a decade in human resources and retail operations for Borders Group before joining the college in July.

“He is spiritually committed to exactly what the college is about; he’s actually a graduate of Criswell of College, he’s in ministry, but he’s also got significant business experience,” President Barry Creamer told trustees.

Trustees also elected new officers, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The board elected Tony Rogers, pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Bowie, Texas, as chairman; Chris Lantrip, CEO of CyberlinkASP, as vice chairman; and Jack Pogue, a Dallas businessman, as secretary.

The board approved eight new trustees for 2016. According to its governing documents, the board is comprised of 40 percent from the Criswell College Foundation, 40 percent from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and 20 percent at-large. New trustees approved to the board include Clint Pressley (at-large), Rod Martin (at-large), Adarose Jennings (at-large), Harold Rawlings (Criswell Foundation), Curtis Baker (Criswell Foundation), Jarrett Stephens (Criswell Foundation), Mack Roller (SBTC), and Anne Hettinger (SBTC). Roller and Hettinger’s approval to the board is pending the convention’s approval during its annual meeting in November.

Outgoing chairman John Mann expressed appreciation for his time on the board, saying, “Not only is the legacy of Criswell College strong, but the current state of Criswell College is strong and being strengthened through the work of the administration, faculty and the board. The future of Criswell College is an exciting thing that is laid before us.”

As for administrative decisions, trustees unanimously approved an updated version of the institution’s conflict of interest policy as well as the presidential assessment policy. Additionally, they approved minor tuition increases to undergraduate and graduate programs—from $315 to $330 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and from $415 to $420 per credit hour for graduate courses.

Trustees heard reports from various departments as well as updates on the institution’s “Building on Legacy” capital campaign—a $20 million venture that includes remodeling educational space and constructing student housing. They also approved a new vision statement and individually signed the school’s statement of faith.