Fisher named new alumni directorPosted April 12, 2011
After an extensive search, Abilene Christian University has chosen Craig Fisher as its new director of alumni relations and annual projects. Fisher will assume the role June 1. This position combines the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving offices into one cohesive unit to better serve ACU’s constituents.
Fisher brings extensive experience in strategic planning, management, networking and fundraising, and has been a member of ACU's Alumni Advisory Board since 2009.
"I am excited about Craig's passion and commitment for Christian education. He truly believes in the kingdom work ACU is doing, and he brings the wisdom and experience we need to go to the next level," says Phil Boone, vice president for advancement. "His network of relationships will be critical as we refocus our efforts to connect with every ACU graduate. We want to encourage them to help provide the student career and financial resources needed for ACU to become a premier institution for the education of Christ-centered leaders."
Fisher succeeds Jama Cadle, interim director of alumni relations. "Jama has done an admirable job leading the alumni team during a time of tremendous growth and change. I am so thankful for her committed service," says Boone.
Cadle will remain a key part of the Alumni Relations team. She, too, is excited to have Fisher on board. "I've known Craig for several years during his term on the Alumni Advisory Board," says Cadle. "He is well respected by his fellow members and by members of the ACU and Abilene communities. We are blessed to have a person of his caliber and integrity coming to lead this effort."
Serving most recently as president and CEO of Abilene Christian Schools (ACS), Fisher has worked in education administration since 1997, with experience in public and private K-12 schools.
ACS Board Chair John Tyson adds, “Craig has been a faithful steward and he leaves the school in excellent condition. Student enrollment has increased each year of his tenure and is now near an all-time high. We appreciate Craig’s faithful leadership, and his daily presence on campus will be missed.”
Tyson says ACS has already adopted a transition plan. It calls for him to serve as interim president. Meanwhile, a presidential search committee has been named as a national search for Fisher’s ACS replacement begins.
Fisher earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from ACU in 1992 and a master's degree in education administration the from University of North Texas in 1999. He is married to Beth Ann (Souder '93) and they have two children, Riley and Owen.