Anderson University will celebrate its December graduates during a pair of ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, during which 287 students will complete this stage of their journey at AU by receiving their degrees.
Two ceremonies are planned: a 2 p.m. service for graduate and Ph.D. students, and another at 5 p.m. for undergraduates. Both take place at the Callie Stringer Rainey Fine Arts Center’s Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University.
The new Anderson University alumni include 159 undergraduate students and 128 graduate students, including five doctoral graduates.
David A. Taylor, chief executive officer and president of the University Center of Greenville (UCG) will provide a keynote address for the graduate ceremony, and Dr. Bryan H. Cribb, Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Associate Dean of Christian Studies for the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University will speak at the undergraduate ceremony.
Francis M. Crowder, Sr., a long-serving member of the Anderson University Board of Trust, is receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humanities for his enduring commitment to the Anderson University family and service to the community.
Taylor assumed the role of CEO and President at UCG in 2012, home to several Anderson University undergraduate and graduate programs. In his role, he provides leadership for all University Center relationships, academic programming and expansion, community engagement, strategic planning, finance and administration, marketing, operations, information systems and services, and human resources.
Cribb came to Anderson University in 2010 following a five-year tenure at Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Ga. Cribb holds a BA in political science and a BS in mathematics from Furman University and is the author of two books and numerous papers.
Crowder is the founder and former chief executive officer of Q.S. Inc., a software development, support and training firm based in Greenville, from which he retired in 1997. He earned a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Lander College and a master of public health from the University of Michigan, along with additional studies in business administration from both Clemson University and Furman University. A veteran of the United States Navy, Crowder served on the Anderson University Board of Trustees from 1997 until 2010, and again in 2017 and 2018. He held committee appointments that included finance and institutional advancement. Crowder was recently named a Lifetime Trusteeby members of the Board of Trust for his commitment and service to the University. Crowder is a Board of Visitors Emeritus at AU, as well as a member of the AnMed Board of Ambassadors and the Anderson Rotary Club.