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Criswell College plans major renovation to Dallas campus

April 6th, 2015 / By: Tammi Reed Ledbetter | Associate Editor / comments

Criswell College plans major renovation to Dallas campus

DALLAS--The Board of Trustees for Criswell College approved a plan April 2 for a major renovation of the existing campus at 4010 Gaston Avenue and the construction of 180-bed campus housing.

Board member Jeff Nyberg of McKinney described support for the plan as “a vote for the urban vision of our president.” Efforts to relocate the campus by acquiring property north of Dallas were set aside last year and trustees rallied behind newly elected Criswell College President Barry Creamer in his call to remain at the current site east of downtown.

“God has just blessed this place for a lot of years, and there’s no reason to believe that’s not going to continue” stated Ed Rawls, chairman of the properties committee. The board anticipates construction to begin in the summer of 2016.

School administration is working with Hoar Program Management and PBK Architects in preparing plans for renovation. The board resolution approved “the recommended renovation of the educational building and proposed advancement toward residential housing, including the adjacent property acquisitions within the constraints of available capital resources.”

In addition to approving a $6.15 million budget for 2015-16, the board updated bylaws on first reading. Included are a process for presidential assessment and clarification of what constitutes conflict of interest for trustees. Other changes address the elimination of term limits for the board chairman, action by two-thirds majority written consent, and the removal of references to vice presidents for development and business administration.

A new mission statement expands on a commitment to gospel ministry preparation to “provide ministerial and professional higher education for men and women preparing to serve as Christian leaders throughout society, while maintaining an institutional commitment to biblical inerrancy.”

The board approved Scott Bridger to return to Criswell College as associate professor of world religions and global studies, promoted David Brooks to senior professor of Hebrew and Old Testament and Kirk Spencer to senior associate professor of science and history. Candidates for 2015 graduation in May were approved as recommended by administration.