Crawford to leave FHSU for provost position at Black Hills State, S.D.

Chris Crawford

04/21/16
By University Relations and Marketing
HAYS, Kan. - Dr. Chris Crawford, associate provost for quality management at Fort Hays State University, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, S.D., the school announced recently.

Crawford said Wednesday he will miss the people who make up Fort Hays State. They form the fabric of the institution.

"The professionals that I've been able to work with here - that's going to be one of the biggest regrets is the wonderful friendships that I've made here, all the folks that work with the FHSU team," he said. "There are great memories with many, many friends."

FHSU President Mirta M. Martin thanked Crawford for his service.

"It is with genuine gratitude for many years of service and dedication to Fort Hays State University that I offer heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Crawford on his 'new beginnings,' " Martin said. "Chris has provided steadfast guidance and leadership to the university. His accomplishments have been many; his commitment to excellence expansive."

Crawford earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays State and has a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. He has also earned several certifications from the NCA/Higher Learning Commission. He has published (with co-authors) more than a dozen books, nearly 50 scholarly articles in refereed journals, and many scholarly publications and presentations for professional conferences. He is a member of international, national and regional professional organizations and has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career.

Crawford said "the overall body of work" is what he is most proud of during his years at Fort Hays State.

"The opportunity to work with other professionals who get things done," he said.

Dr. Graham Glynn, provost and vice-president for academic affairs at FHSU, also thanked Crawford for his service.

"I would … like to thank Chris for his long and dedicated service to Fort Hays State in numerous positions including the associate provost for institutional effectiveness and quality improvement, and as interim provost," Glynn said. "Chris has been an invaluable advisor to me personally as I transitioned to the provost position and I know has been a mentor to a number of other academic leaders at the institution."

Crawford will begin his duties at Black Hills State in June.

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