Dr. Edwin Crank, President of Jacksonville College, informed the Board of Trustees of his plans to retire as president on Dec. 31, 2011, at the May trustee meeting.
Dr. Crank became president in June 1988 after serving as chairman of the Religion Department from August 1986 to May 1988.
He made his resignation official with a letter to the trustees at the Sept. 26 meeting.
Prior to joining the faculty of Jacksonville College, Crank had served on the faculty of the BMA Theological Seminary and pastor of First Baptist Church, New Summerfield.
He had served for a time as Business Manager of the seminary, also.
Dr. Crank received the Associate of Arts degree from Jacksonville College in May 1956. He received the B.A. degree from Baylor University in May 1958.
He began seminary studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 1958 and received the M.R.E. degree in January, 1961. He did graduate to work at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce) in the late 1960s.
Dr. Crank received his Ed.D. in Adult and Extension Education in 1991 becoming the first president of Jacksonville College to hold a doctorial degree.
Dr. Crank told the trustees that Jacksonville College has been his life for the past 23 years.
He said, “I have loved what I have done and am doing as president. The people with whom I have worked, the trustees that have worked with me, the students that have attended, the parents of the students, the pastors, and constituencies of the denomination that have given wonderful support and have made my work pleasant. I have loved it.”
The trustees have released a notice to receive applications for the position of president. Dr. Crank asked the trustees to try to have a candidate in place by June, 2011 to provide for a six month transition period. He, however, did offer flexibility in the process.
Dr. Crank emphasized that he is only retiring from the presidency of the college, and will be pursuing other professional opportunities.
“Jacksonville is our home. We love East Texas and plan to stay involved in the community in different ways.”