Crabtree Secures 400th Endowed Scholarship

BETHANY, Okla. (January 19, 2012) – J. Michael Crabtree, Associate Vice President for University Advancement at Southern Nazarene University, reached a significant milestone in his career recently by writing his 400th endowed scholarship.  

“J. Michael Crabtree's milestone achievement is not just a result of his longevity at SNU.  His forty years of service is remarkable; however, his passion for helping students, his love for the mission of SNU and his service through the years to those who have generously established these 400 endowments is the real story,” said Dr. Terry Toler, Vice President for University Advancement and Church Relations.  

Crabtree began his 40-year career at SNU in 1972. After joining the Development staff in 1989, he wrote his first endowment in August of that year with the establishment of the O.B. & Alice Imel SWISP Endowed Scholarship Fund. Since that time, Crabtree has been committed to securing scholarships, endowments and major gifts for SNU. His 400th endowed scholarship was finalized in December of 2011.

“Michael has not focused so much on raising gifts, as he has on raising givers.  Through his dedicated work, he continues to help secure the future for SNU through the establishment of endowments, which will continue in perpetuity,” stated Toler.  

Crabtree’s impact is not just felt on campus but also in the surrounding community.  He has served on governing boards of civic, regional and national organizations supporting libraries, athletics, education and the arts.  His work over the years has enabled hundreds of students to attend the University and his legacy will continue for generations to come through these financial gifts.  

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.