Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr.
Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr. was named Judson University’s sixth president in February 2013. Before coming to Judson, Dr. Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on issues related to external relations (marketing, communications, fundraising) and strategic planning. Dr. Crume spent a significant portion of his career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University (WKU), where he served as the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. His career also includes serving as Executive Vice President and Assistant Professor at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and President of the Indiana State University Foundation.
While at Midland Lutheran College, Dr. Crume served on the President’s Cabinet and was operationally responsible for admissions, athletics, constituent relations, development, financial aid and marketing. He served as the chief development officer and led efforts that resulted in a 13 percent increase in annual gift revenue during his tenure. He oversaw student recruitment and admissions and successfully created strategies for targeted communications, opening new markets, embracing new technologies and creating a recruiting approach that involved the entire campus community. At Indiana State, he successfully led the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in school history, raising over $85 million.
Dr. Crume grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and his Master’s degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Education with a minor concentration in organizational leadership from the University of Virginia. He has served as an assistant professor or adjunct instructor for classes in business, public relations and communications at several institutions, and served as a keynote speaker at college commencements, leadership seminars and association meetings. Dr. Crume has authored articles for national magazines, newspapers and academic journals.
In July 2015, Robert Morris University’s Board of Trustees named Mablene Krueger as the 9th President of Robert Morris University. A 1977 graduate of Robert Morris (College), Mablene was honored and humbled to become president of her alma mater. As the first in her family to attend college, Mablene is passionate about the strengths and challenges of first-generation students. Paramount is the commitment to increasing opportunity and success of the diverse population RMU serves. In an effort to advance these goals, Mablene works with groups including the Partnership for College Completion, the Illinois cohort of Presidents for Latino Student Success, the National Society for Experiential Education, and the Yes We Must Coalition, being named to their Board of Directors this past year.
In addition to her Associate Degree from Robert Morris, Mablene holds a B.A. in Management and an M.B.A. from University of Illinois at Springfield and a certificate in IT Systems from the University of Chicago. Mablene’s professional experience includes positions at IBM Corporation and Western Illinois University before “coming back home” to RMU. Mablene was a faculty member at two branch campuses for 15 years before becoming the Campus Director of the Springfield branch in 1995. In 2000, Ms. Krueger became the Senior Vice President of Advancement for the institution. She then became the Senior Vice President for Academics in 2001 and subsequently the Provost, serving as the University’s Chief Academic Officer for 14 years.
With the goal of leading RMU to become the Midwest’s leading experiential university, Ms. Krueger’s priorities for the institution include building additional career-related majors, taking full advantage of the educational, cultural, ethnic, and entertainment opportunities provided by a world-class city, and dramatically expanding the participatory opportunities of the extra-curricular programs.
Dr. David J. Livingston
Dr. David J. Livingston took office as Lewis University’s 10th President on July 1, 2016. With more than 15 years of academic and leadership experience, his knowledge of the operational functions of a university and the needs of its various student populations will guide the institution to new heights.
Dr. Livingston previously served as President of Lourdes University since 2013. During his tenure, Lourdes experienced an increase in the quality, retention and graduation rates of its students; expanded academic programs and renovated the campus to support their strategic growth initiatives; and successfully completed a capital campaign.
Prior to his presidency at Lourdes University, he served Mercyhurst University for 16 years in various diverse capacities, including President of the Faculty Senate and Vice President for Advancement. Prior to joining the Mercyhurst community, he taught religious studies at Loyola Academy High School in Wilmette, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, University of St. Francis in Joliet, Joliet Catholic Academy and Loyola University of Chicago.
Working in association with colleagues, Dr. Livingston advanced a series of initiatives in his prior academic and administrative roles, including:
- Developing a study abroad program;
- Establishing an international campus in Dungarvan, Ireland;
- Raising funds for a new $10.5 million academic building as well as managing the construction; and
- Achieving the $30 million mark two years ahead of schedule on a $50 million capital campaign.
A native of Dundee, he received his B.A. in Chemistry from Augustana College; his M.A. in Theology from Loyola University, and his Ph.D. in Theology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Livingston’s scholarship focuses on the theological and ethical aspects of forgiveness and reconciliation. His primary concentration is interpreting religious and cultural responses to domestic violence.
He and his wife Joan, a clinical social worker, have seen their academic and professional careers take them to many cities throughout Illinois, and other locations including Europe, Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Ohio. The couple also enjoys spending time with their adult children Matt and Sara.