Crowe, William R.

William R. Crowe

Dr. Bill Crowe is often described as uniquely and equally experienced as an academic leader and business management professional in both the university and the community college arenas. During Crowe’s 14-year (1994-2007) tenure as President of Tyler Junior College, Tyler Texas, he directed both business and academic performance, overseeing the school’s scholastic and extracurricular programs, organizational growth, and fundraising and endowment efforts.  He established TJC’s strategic direction, defined both short- and long-term goals, and led ground-level efforts to grow the quality, impact and value of the student experience while strengthening operational efficiency. Under Crowe’s leadership, Tyler Junior College became one of the most acclaimed two-year colleges in the U.S. TJC won national recognition for enrollment growth, fund raising and student success. The college enrolled over 7,000 FTE credit students and more than 20,000 non-credit students each year, offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs.  Crowe led a 600-member staff, built relationships with partners and donors, and represented TJC on a national and international scale.In 2007, Crowe was recruited to and joined the administration and faculty of the University of Georgia, in the capacity of Director, Center for Continuing Education and Senior Public Service Faculty. In this role, Crowe presides over daily operations and strategic direction for the Center for Continuing Education, delivering both business and academic leadership to maximize efficiency, quality, and productivity across a 300,000 sq. ft. facility while helping to design, launch, and market continuing education programs and course offerings.  Crowe successfully analyzed work systems and business processes in order to identify opportunities to streamline operations, capture savings, and spur business growth, all while maintaining world class customer service and educational quality. Specifically, he led the development and management of more than 160 online credit undergraduate courses in partnership with academic units across UGA, while also expanding non-credit courses and programs. Educational revenues grew by more than 200% over a five year period. His efforts generated $17.6 M in annual external revenue, building strategic partnerships and leading successful marketing efforts to promote the programs and services of UGA’s Center for Continuing Education on a global scale. This was made possible through building and on-going coaching of a 300-member team, aligning cross-functional staff behind a clear strategy and uniform set of goals for growth, productivity and service quality.

As a faculty member, Crowe’s research interests are centered on private giving and capacity building in two-year colleges.  Crowe is also a popular and highly recruited presenter and keynote speaker at many national and state association meetings and conferences with expertise in Foundation Management, Fundraising and Donor Relations. 

Crowe earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded the Distinguished Graduate designation. He also received his M.B.A. in Management and Business from the University of Texas at Tyler and his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.  Crowe was on the graduate faculty at UT Austin for 12 years teaching community college finance and currently is on the graduate Faculty at Ferris State University’s Doctorate in Community College Leadership. He attended UT Austin as an undergraduate scholarship athlete.