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Feb. 21, 2012

Blinn names Crowson VP of student services

Seasoned administrator returns to Blinn

Dennis CrowsonDr. Dennis Crowson was appointed to serve as vice president for student services by the Blinn College Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Crowson, a 23-year veteran of higher education, said the position was his “dream job” and that he is excited to lead student services at the College. Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Student Activities, Disability Services and a number of other departments will report to Crowson, who previously served at Blinn for 20 years.

“Dennis has an exceptional background and depth of knowledge in student services, and he also has a deep and abiding affection for Blinn,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn president. “That’s a rare combination, and we are fortunate to have him back.”

Crowson was the College’s registrar from 1997-2008, but most recently served as the associate director of enterprise information systems for Texas A&M University.

“I’ve been working toward this for many years,” Crowson said. “I’m excited to be back in Brenham.”

Crowson begins his new chapter at Blinn Feb. 27, bringing with him strong personal and professional ties to the College. He earned his associate’s degree at Blinn 1985. His son Wiley played baseball at Blinn for two years and his oldest daughter Margaret took dual credit courses at Blinn while attending Brenham High School.

Crowson holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering Science from the University of Texas (1985), a Master’s of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University (1995) and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska (2005).

He was working as a computer programmer at NASA when then-College President Walter C. Schwartz called to ask if he would be interested in working as a computer programmer and systems analyst at Blinn. Crowson was eventually promoted to dean of academic technology services before another Blinn president, Dr. Donald Voelter, asked Crowson to become registrar, a position he held for 11 years.

“As registrar, you had to really be involved in every facet of this school – working with faculty and students and all the different administrative offices, especially with student services,” Crowson said. “Thanks to that background, I feel like I’m ready to get going right away.”

Crowson left Blinn in 2008 to become a technical consultant for SunGard Higher Education, where he consulted for American universities such as Dartmouth and Notre Dame and institutions as far away as Hong Kong and Australia.

“I always tried to keep in focus what those schools are doing and how it would apply at Blinn because my goal was always to come back and do this,” Crowson said.

In January 2011, Crowson began working for Texas A&M. He has also been an adjunct professor for Sam Houston State since 2009, teaching courses in community college issues, higher education issues and information technology in higher education.

Crowson, who lives in Brenham, is an active member of the community, serving as president of the Washington County Coastal Conservation Association. He has been on the board of directors for Washington County Little League and the Brenham Community Development Corporation, and volunteers for Rotary Club of Washington County and Goodfellows of Washington County. His daughter Alli is an eighth grader at Brenham Junior High School.