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Dennis Crocker

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Academic Affairs

B.A., 1975, Olivet Nazarene University
M.M., 1977, University of Michigan
D.M.A., 1985, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Crocker began his appointment as Olivet's vice president for academic affairs in 2013. He presides over undergraduate, graduate, and international academic programs, the registrar's office, library, two centers, and athletics.

From 2011 to 2013, he served as dean of the School of Professional Studies at Olivet, leading ten departments and working closely with the dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He also represented the University in developing curriculum, establishing internships, leading workshops for industry professionals and extending campus-community engagements.

He came to Olivet from his position as vice president for academic services and chief academic officer at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Prior to Bethel, he served at MidAmerica Nazarene University as chair of the division of fine arts for 22 years and as associate academic dean for three years.

An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Crocker has served as a minister of music and associate pastor. In 1989, he was the music coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene’s General Assembly.

Connections with Olivet run deep in Dr. Crocker’s family with more than 100 family members having attended Olivet. His great-grandfather, C.F. Hendricker, participated with others in buying Olivet out of bankruptcy in 1926. His parents met while ONU students. He and his wife, Jeannie, both received bachelor’s degrees — he in music and she in nursing — from Olivet. In 2002, he received Olivet’s prestigious Outstanding Alumni “O” Award.

The Crockers are the parents of DJ, married to Liz, of Gardner, Kan.; Nicki, an Olivet graduate; and Tori who plans to attend Olivet in a few years. They have two grandchildren, Sabina and Charlie, the children of DJ and Liz.



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