Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2009

Dr. Charlie McCormick Schreiner University announces new Provost

KERRVILLE, TX—After a national search, Schreiner University has selected Dr. Charlie McCormick as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, the school announced today.

Schreiner University is a coeducational Presbyterian-related liberal arts college in Kerrville, TX, primarily undergraduate and residential, with an enrollment of just over 1,000.

McCormick, who will join Schreiner’s administration July 6, is wrapping up his duties at Cabrini College near Philadelphia, PA, where he is dean of academic affairs. Cabrini College is a Catholic coeducational residential institution that emphasizes community service.
McCormick holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University–College Station, and bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University.
As provost and vice president for academic affairs, McCormick will be responsible for Schreiner’s academic programs and faculty, and when the president is absent from campus, assumes leadership of its day-to-day operation.

McCormick is looking forward to joining the Schreiner administration, saying, “I am impressed by the ambitions of Schreiner University and its intention to help students from a variety of backgrounds achieve their academic and professional goals. I am even more impressed by the Schreiner students, faculty and staff that I have met. To a person, they have expressed a sincere commitment to making the stated mission of Schreiner a lived reality. President Summerlin's strategic vision for Schreiner positions the institution well as it moves forward towards the future, and I am extraordinarily honored and humbled to become a part of the dynamic and energetic community which is Schreiner University.”

Schreiner’s president, Dr. Tim Summerlin, says, “I am delighted that Dr. Charlie McCormick will be filling the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Schreiner University. His talents, experience and values match well with our mission. He will be at the center of a dynamic academic team whose work it is to continuously build our academic quality and reputation.”

“Dr. McCormick is a first-rate example of the traits we seek in a teacher and scholar,” Summerlin says. He has shown himself to be a quick learner in higher education issues, having successfully managed programs, budgets and personnel. Among the skills he will bring to his work as chief academic officer is the ability to think and speak candidly as an advocate of his programs while remaining committed to the overall mission and well being of the institution. He will contribute to the excellent chemistry of Schreiner's current senior leadership. And it means much that his excitement about taking this position matches our own.”

Chairman of Schreiner’s board of trustees, Dr. Bill Franklin, agrees that McCormick will have the chance to make his mark at the school, “This is a very critical appointment,” Franklin says.” The provost will play a significant roll in forging the future of Schreiner University. Dr. McCormick can count on the board’s support as he transitions into office.”

Summerlin appreciates those who participated in the process, saying, “I tip my hat to the provost search committee and its chair, Dr. Charles Torti, who did an excellent job this spring, working with our consultant, to bring two excellent finalists to the campus.”

McCormick will be bringing to Kerrville his wife, Cayce, and their two daughters, Emma Bess (age 12) and Adelaide Wells (age 8).

McCormick replaces Dr. Michael Looney as provost. Looney left Schreiner in December to become president of Pikeville College in Kentucky.

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