Presidential succession plan
announced at Hardin-Simmons
___ABILENE (BP)--Craig Turner will assume the office of president of Hardin-Simmons University on June 1, 2001, when Lanny Hall has indicated he will step down to become chancellor, according to a presidential succession plan" unanimously approved by trustees Aug. 19.
___According to a statement issued by HSU trustee Chairwoman Tina Hunter, Turner, 52,
will continue to serve as the university's executive vice president and chief academic officer during the current academic year. Beginning on June 1, 2000, he also will assume the role of chief operating officer.
___Hall, 49, has served as president since 1991 and, as chancellor, will continue to work for the university in a fund-raising and teaching role, Hunter said.
___Hall will succeed Jesse Fletcher as chancellor, with Fletcher assuming the title of president emeritus in 2001.
___Hunter, in her statement, said it is "a logical and prudent plan" for Turner to succeed Hall. She said trustees chose this plan rather than follow the "traditional road to find a president."
___Hunter said Hall "desires to change roles, not to retire." In the fall of 2001, Hall will teach six hours of political science and/or leadership courses, with the other half of his time spent raising funds for the university.
___"It is a high honor to lead this great institution, but I feel the time will be right for me to step down in 2001," Hall said. "In an effort to ensure a seamless and orderly transition, I strongly recommended that Dr. Turner succeed me. He will make an outstanding president--a position for which he is uniquely prepared."
___Turner joined HSU in 1992 as vice president for academic affairs. Since 1996, he has served as executive vice president and chief academic officer. Currently, he oversees the major university functions of enrollment services, information management, planning and academic affairs.
___At the time he joined HSU, Turner was head of the English department at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss.
___Turner's 28-year career in teaching and administration has included service at six institutions--Hardin-Simmons, Mississippi College, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Tulane University and Sam Houston State University.
___A native of Mobile, Ala., he holds a doctor of philosophy degree from Tulane University in 19th-century British and America literature and bachelor's and master's degrees from Baylor.
___Turner and his wife, Annette, a first-grade teacher at Dyess Elementary School in Abilene, are active members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, where he teaches a Bible class.
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