After eight years of leadership, Charles Crespy, dean of Central Michigan University's College of Business Administration, has announced his plans to retire this fall.
Crespy has been a champion for ambitious changes in the college aimed at improving the student experience and raising the profile and national reputation of the university.
"We are grateful to Dean Crespy for his service to the university and his leadership of the college," Provost Michael Gealt said. "He has been a tireless advocate for student success and an innovator on our campus. We wish him well in all future endeavors."
Under his leadership, the college established a new department of entrepreneurship, introduced new online master's degrees in entrepreneurial transactions and information systems, and launched the New Venture Competition and its summer business accelerator program.
He led efforts to fund the nearly $11 million renovation of Grawn Hall, CMU's longest-serving academic building. The upgrades, including the creation of natural collaboration spaces, updates to classrooms and the installation of new technology, transformed the 103-year-old building into a professional business environment.
The college's online MBA has been named among U.S. News and World Report's top 25 programs, and the college is well-poised to successfully maintain its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
In 2017, Crespy and college leaders implemented a new strategic plan emphasizing transformational experiences for every student through internships, participation in professional competitions, obtaining professional certifications and study abroad.
In a memo to faculty and staff, Crespy reflected "It has been both an honor and privilege to work side by side with so many bright, dedicated and caring faculty and staff. I will retire knowing that the college is replete with champions for the causes we collectively hold dear."
Crespy previously served as dean of the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at El Paso. He will retire effective September 30, 2018.