Campus News 2016
April 15, 2016
For Immediate Release
Schreiner University is preparing for a new era
Schreiner University’s president of 15 years, Dr. Tim Summerlin, has formally announced he will retire at the end of May 2017. And having shared his timeline with Schreiner’s board of trustees, it was ready to announce his successor.
Bill Harrison, chair of Schreiner’s board of trustees, said the university has achieved a stellar reputation and outstanding academic standards under Summerlin’s 15-year leadership, and “Schreiner will continue to have exceptional leadership as we move forward.”
Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner’s current provost and vice president for academic affairs, will become president of Schreiner University in January 2017. McCormick, who came to Schreiner in 2009, has been in higher education since 1999. McCormick received his bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University, his M.A. in anthropology from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in folklore and folk life from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a faculty member, director of the honors program, and the dean for academic affairs at Cabrini College prior to coming to SU.
During McCormick’s tenure as provost he has recruited top faculty, integrated student life programming with academics, launched the Texas Learning Consortium which partners with other institutions across the state to provide a wide variety of world language opportunities, and implemented the Schreiner Experience, a holistic program designed to prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.
Summerlin will serve as Schreiner’s chancellor beginning January 2017 until his May retirement. As chancellor, he will focus on coordinating completion of Schreiner’s comprehensive campaign, as well as facilitating Dr. McCormick’s connections with people, groups and organizations who are old and new friends of Schreiner.
Summerlin has overseen the largest expansion of both enrollment and campus facilities in the history of the university. Student enrollment at the start of his presidency was 806 and last fall’s enrollment was a record-breaking 1,230, shattering the university’s goal of 1,200. Degree programs added include political science, theater, communication, sport management, nursing, public health and an MBA. Among these programs are several fully online degree programs.
As the student body has grown, Schreiner has added residence halls, academic facilities, a fitness center, an athletic and event center, as well as campus beautification projects to enhance the student experience. In addition, fund raising is ongoing to renovate existing buildings for a new music education hall and a facility for Campus Ministry and a chapel.
Summerlin first joined then-Schreiner College as provost and vice president for academic affairs in 1999.
“Once I came to Schreiner and discovered its distinctive character and great potential, I was never seriously interested in working anywhere else,” Summerlin said. “The opportunity to be part of its transformation into a healthy, dynamic place of learning more widely appreciated has filled my cup. The people who have contributed to its growth—trustees, faculty and staff, generous friends—have become like a great family.”
“Knowing that someone as attuned to Schreiner’s values and dreams as is Dr. Charlie McCormick will be taking on the role of president adds to my already upbeat sense of the university’s bright future,” said Summerlin. “The progress to Schreiner’s Centennial in 2023 will be exciting!”
McCormick said, “I am humbled and honored to follow Dr. Summerlin as Schreiner’s next president. He has transformed a very good institution into a great institution, and my wife, Cayce, and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to usher in the next phase of Schreiner’s growth and development.”
Schreiner University is a Presbyterian-related private college in Kerrville, Texas, founded in 1923, with a diverse student body and faculty who are selected for their teaching skills.
For more information about Schreiner please visit www.schreiner.edu