ELGIN – Gene C. Crume Jr. has been appointed the new president of Judson University. He will begin April 7 as president-elect, followed by a brief transition time before he assumes the role of President on May 10.
Following the retirement of President Emeritus Jerry B. Cain in June 2012, the university has been led by interim president William Crothers. Crothers will continue to serve as president for the remainder of the 2012-13 academic year and will remain in a consultation role through June 30.
“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Crume accept the role as president," Crothers said. "I am certain that his unique skills and experiences are exactly what Judson needs to continue to build a strong future.”
Before coming to Judson, Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation in Nebraska on issues related to external relations and strategic planning.
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. His career also includes serving as executive vice president and assistant professor at Midland Lutheran College and president of the Indiana State University Foundation.