The Methodist University Board of Trustees has named Dr. Delmas S. Crisp, Jr., as Interim President of the University. Board of Trustees Chairman Mac Healy made the announcement today, March 23, at the University’s monthly faculty meeting. Crisp, the University’s Provost, will assume the title of Interim President on June 1, following President Ben Hancock’s retirement on May 31 after an eight-year tenure.
“Upon learning of Dr. Hancock’s plan to retire, the Board of Trustees immediately went to work to begin the process of finding the next President of Methodist University,” Healy said. “The search team is in place and is working with our consultant to refine the parameters of our search. The announcement of the search for our next President will go out in the next 30 days. We will begin to receive applications shortly after that. While we want to fill this very important position as soon as possible, we will take as long as we need to get the right person in place for Methodist’s future.”
Crisp previously served briefly as Interim President following the retirement of President Elton Hendricks in 2010. Upon his arrival in 2011, Hancock named Crisp Executive Vice President and then named him Provost in 2017.