Dr. Houston Thompson is the new dean of the School of Professional Studies
and administrative dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
. He leaves his duties as chair of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice to accept this position.
“Dr. Thompson’s abilities, experiences and training suit him well for this new, expanded role and responsibility,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “His attention to detail is one of his strengths. He is a natural leader who quickly inspires others’ trust and also an effective communicator. Both of these qualities will serve him — and Olivet — well in this new position.”
Dr. Thompson will lead ten undergraduate departments, as well as provide direction for the master’s and doctoral programs.
In 2007, he received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from Nazarene Bible College. In 2005, he received the Professional of the Year Award from the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
A native of New Albany, Ind., Dr. Thompson is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colo., and MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kan. He earned a master’s degree in church management from Olivet, as well as a master’s degree in social work from Spalding University, Louisville, Ky. His doctorate degree is from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tenn.
Thompson also holds a certificate in fund raising management from The Fund Raising School, a program of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. His professional writing has included articles for local newspaper columns; grants for funding; and a textbook chapter on conflict management in the church.
Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Kankakee County. He is a licensed social worker in the state of Indiana, and has previously enjoyed successful careers as a school social worker and director of a faith-based community ministry.
As an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he has served as a pastor in Nazarene churches in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana. He continues to preach in area churches by invitation.
He and his wife, Martha (Martin), have one daughter, Rebekah, who resides in Indiana with her husband, Josh, and their children, Jonah and Kaylin.