Eastern Nazarene College President Corlis McGee was selected as this year’s recipient of the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award from Olivet Nazarene University.
McGee received the award April 7 during a chapel service at ONU.
Named in honor of the university’s first graduate, the award is presented annually to a woman whose significant accomplishments and service make her an exemplary role model for young women. Previous recipients of the award include American Red Cross President and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Hanford Dole and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
“I am deeply honored to be receiving this award from one of our sister Nazarene institutions of higher learning,” McGee said. “My life was heavily influenced by faculty members at Trevecca Nazarene University, who encouraged me to move beyond my comfort zone, dream bigger dreams and to attempt more challenging endeavors with their help and God’s help.”
After graduating from Trevecca with a bachelor of science in business administration, McGee continued her education, earning an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Nashville and later a Doctor of Arts in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. While pursuing her advanced studies, she taught in Trevecca’s Business Department, progressing from instructor to full professor of business administration and economics. In 1986, she was named chair of the university’s Department of Business and Economics, a position she held for four years before leaving to become chair of the Department of Business Administration at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.
During her eight years at MidAmerica Nazarene University, McGee also served as director of graduate studies in management and vice president for academic affairs and dean. In 1998-1999, she served as dean of graduate studies at Point Loma University before traveling to Schaffhausen, Switzerland to serve as rector of European Nazarene College. In addition to leading the college’s strategic planning and visioning process, McGee coordinated administrative activities for a multicultural campus serving districts in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In July 2005, she began her current tenure as president of Eastern Nazarene College.
“Each step of obedience led to a new challenge,” McGee said, “and each new challenge increased the knowledge and preparation for the next step of the journey the Lord had in mind.”