Steven C. Bahls Chairman
Steven C. Bahls became the eighth president of Augustana College in 2003. As he began his eleventh year as president, he did so looking forward to the implementation of a new strategic plan, and to the publication of a new book on effective governance in higher education.
Steve has written extensively about a wide range of higher education topics, from teaching financial literacy to new models for improving the affordability gap. He is a regular contributor to Inside Higher Education's "Alma Mater" blog, and his work has been published in Trusteeship, Huffington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the author of a forthcoming book from the Association of Governing Boards on effective governance within colleges and universities.
A recognized scholar in the area of business law and agricultural law, Steve's writings about legal issues have been cited by 150 scholarly law journals, including the Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Columbia Law Reviews, and have been cited in reported court opinions in seven states. Prior to joining Augustana College, he was dean at Capital University Law School, a position he assumed after serving as associate dean and professor at the University of Montana School of Law. He is a CPA and a lawyer.
He is active as a leader in his community. Since coming to the Quad Cities, he has served on the boards of the Illowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the local United Way, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association and Genesis Health System. He holds an undergraduate degree (with highest distinction) from the University of Iowa, and a J.D. (with honors) from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr. Vice Chairman
Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr. was named Judson University’s sixth president in February, 2013. Before coming to Judson, Dr. Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on issues related to external relations (marketing, communications, fundraising) and strategic planning. Dr. Crume spent a significant portion of his career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University (WKU), where he served as the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. His career also includes serving as Executive Vice President and Assistant Professor at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and President of the Indiana State University Foundation.
While at Midland Lutheran College, Dr. Crume served on the President’s Cabinet and was operationally responsible for admissions, athletics, constituent relations, development, financial aid and marketing. He served as the chief development officer and led efforts that resulted in a 13 percent increase in annual gift revenue during his tenure. He oversaw student recruitment and admissions and successfully created strategies for targeted communications, opening new markets, embracing new technologies and creating a recruiting approach that involved the entire campus community. At Indiana State, he successfully led the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in school history, raising over $85 million.
Dr. Crume grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and his Master’s degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Education with a minor concentration in organizational leadership from the University of Virginia. He has served as an assistant professor or adjunct instructor for classes in business, public relations and communications at several institutions, and served as a keynote speaker at college commencements, leadership seminars and association meetings. Dr. Crume has authored articles for national magazines, newspapers and academic journals.
Mablene Krueger Secretary Treasurer
In July 2015, Robert Morris University’s Board of Trustees named Mablene Krueger as the 9th President of Robert Morris University. A 1977 graduate of Robert Morris (College), Mablene was honored and humbled to become president of her alma mater. As the first in her family to attend college, Mablene is passionate about the strengths and challenges of first-generation students. Paramount is the commitment to increasing opportunity and success of the diverse population RMU serves. In an effort to advance these goals, Mablene works with groups including the Partnership for College Completion, the Illinois cohort of Presidents for Latino Student Success, the National Society for Experiential Education, and the Yes We Must Coalition, being named to their Board of Directors this past year.
In addition to her Associate Degree from Robert Morris, Mablene holds a B.A. in Management and an M.B.A. from University of Illinois at Springfield and a certificate in IT Systems from the University of Chicago. Mablene’s professional experience includes positions at IBM Corporation and Western Illinois University before “coming back home” to RMU. Mablene was a faculty member at two branch campuses for 15 years before becoming the Campus Director of the Springfield branch in 1995. In 2000, Ms. Krueger became the Senior Vice President of Advancement for the institution. She then became the Senior Vice President for Academics in 2001 and subsequently the Provost, serving as the University’s Chief Academic Officer for 14 years.
With the goal of leading RMU to become the Midwest’s leading experiential university, Ms. Krueger’s priorities for the institution include building additional career-related majors, taking full advantage of the educational, cultural, ethnic, and entertainment opportunities provided by a world-class city, and dramatically expanding the participatory opportunities of the extra-curricular programs.