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 Message from the president

Dr Charlie McCormick

"If higher education is facing a pivotal time, then we must pivot. We must plant one foot in the values that have made Schreiner a cherished place for 93 years. At the same time, we must use the other foot to step out boldly into an amazing universe of teaching and learning opportunities."

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President Charlie McCormick


Meet Dr. MCCormick

Charlie and his familyDr. Charlie McCormick became the sixth president of Schreiner University on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Dr. Tim Summerlin, who had served since 2001.

McCormick came to Schreiner in 2009 as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to that he served Cabrini College in Pennsylvania as dean of academic affairs.

A native of Snyder, Texas, he holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University.

During McCormick’s seven years as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Schreiner:

Improved first-year retention rates by 12 percent
Improved the six -year graduation rate by 33 percent
Increased enrollment by 13 percent
Established new revenue streams through development of graduate, summer school and online programs
Revised its core curriculum to intentionally develop the university’s student learning outcomes
Led in the development of the Texas Learning Consortium, sharing instruction via the Internet with other colleges and universities
Established and staffed the Schreiner Experience, a holistic program designed to prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society
Recruited top faculty
Integrated student life programming with academics

President McCormick and his wife, Cayce, have two daughters, one in college and one in high school.

 Schreiner History of presidents

James J. "Big Jim" Delaney was a taciturn, Virginia-born educator who oversaw Schreiner's birth pangs, arriving a year before the school opened to supervise construction of the first buildings and hire faculty. He carefully managed the finances, leading the school through the lean years of the Great Depression and then World War II. Legend says he recycled twine from the boys' packages from home.
Andrew "Andy" Edington made use of his genial wit and speaking ability to promote the young school across Texas. In a time when many junior colleges were closing, he kept Schreiner moving forward. Five major buildings were added, and a formal admission office was established. His efforts to make the Bible more relevant to students resulted in his evergreen book, "The Word Made Fresh," published in 1974–1978.
1971–1996, 2000–2001
Sam McDowell Junkin, son of a Schreiner registrar, grew up a "campus kid" and graduated from both the high school and junior college. A frugal manager and faithful pastor, he oversaw transformation of his beloved Schreiner to a four-year, coeducational, liberal arts college.  The Junkin years also saw the addition of a modern gym and sports pavilion, library and dormitory, and the modernization of several vintage buildings and campus master plan. He was the first to envision the potential of a planned gift initiative (the Schreiner Oaks Society). Junkin returned as interim president in 2000 to provide a steady encouraging presence when one was needed.
J. Thompson Biggers came to Schreiner with plans to lead the school into the 21st century. During his tenure, a competitive academic scholarship program and a master's degree in education were added. Feeling it would enhance the schools' prestige, Biggers proposed the name change to Schreiner University. Seriously injured in an automobile accident, he resigned after four years in office.
Tim Summerlin had already been on campus two years as provost when he was named president. During his term Schreiner's enrollment grew by 68 percent, its endowment doubled, 3,579 degrees were conferred, and the campus landscape blossomed.  Also during his tenure, campus facilities grew by more than 287,000 square feet, including the Schreiner Athletics and Event Center, the Mountaineer Fitness Center, Faulkner Hall freshman residence, and acquisition of the Weston estate and construction of the Loftis Family Science Center and Observatory there. The final punctuation to Dr. Summerlin's era was the Sam Junkin Campus Ministry Building and the Tim Summerlin Music Education Hall, named by the Board of Trustees in his honor. 

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