President of Crowder College announces retirement

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reaching the end of his 27 years with Crowder College, Dr. Alan Marble will retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, effective June 30.

Under Dr. Marble's leadership, Crowder became one of the swiftest growing colleges, nearly doubling enrollment within six years. In addition to this accomplishment, his leadership brought forth several building projects, including: the Arnold Farber building; Tatum Bell Tower; Davidson Hall; and the MARET center. The construction of the McDonald County center is currently taking place, and the groundbreaking for the Webb City expansion project is planned for the near future.

During his tenure, cooperative agreements to offer bachelor's completion programs with Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University were implemented. Also, dual credit programs with high schools have expanded to include the entire nine-county service district.

The associate of arts degree in applied behavioral analysis (Autism) has become an extremely important resource to the community during the service of Dr. Marble, and the opportunity to complete an associate of arts degree while in high school was introduced to the Carthage R-9 School District.

"Dr. Marble has been an outstanding president at Crowder College," said Andy Wood, Crowder College Board of Trustees president. "He provided us fantastic leadership during a time when Crowder was experiencing unprecedented growth. The Crowder Board hates to see Alan leave the Crowder family, but we wish him the best of luck and look forward to working with him on his future endeavors."

Addressing his faculty and staff, Dr. Marble said, "I can't imagine how a greater group of professionals could be assembled...you are simply the best, and I will miss marching in step with you every day. But, I fully expect this parade to keep moving forward with vigor and joy. Keep up the great work and may God bless each of you beyond measure."

The Crowder College Board of Trustees has decided Dr. Kent Farnsworth will serve as interim president of Crowder College for the 2013-2014 school year. He will begin his interim duties on July 1. Dr. Farnsworth previously served as president of the college for 19 years before stepping down in 2004.

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