Dr. Mary Crist honored for years of service at CBU

September 03, 2019 - Riverside, CA

California Baptist University faculty and staff gathered to honor Dr. Mary Crist for her 27 years of service as a faculty member and Dean on Aug. 15. Crist is retiring from the University to accept a ministry position serving Native American populations.

Crist has significantly impacted the lives of students, staff and faculty members throughout her years of service at CBU while maintaining an active role in ministry.

Dr. Dirk Davis, associate vice president for academics, reflects on Crist’s commitment to serving others.

“Dr. Crist has displayed exemplary service and dedication to students and mission of CBU. In addition to developing countless academic programs and writing numerous documents for accrediting agencies, she has been an inspiring professor to hundreds of CBU students, and mentored many CBU and OPS staff and faculty,” Davis said.

Crist’s academic achievement include being Dean of the Metcalf School of Education, 2001-2012, she is a recipient of the Distinguished Professor of the Year, 2000, and significantly impacted Education, Early childhood, and SPED programs through course design initiatives. Dr. Crist is also responsible for establishing and maintaining extensive community partnerships and ministry activity.

The list of Crist’s academic achievements goes on. While diligently serving in many roles at CBU, Crist has also been a model of Christ’s love and service to others in the community by overseeing a homeless ministry in the local area for the past 7 years.


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Dr. Mary Crist and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis