For Ted R. Crim, his allegiance and commitment to his alma mater began the day he graduated.
“Since graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree, and in 1971 with a master’s degree, I have felt a deep sense of pride and responsibility to this university,” Crim said.
That affinity stemmed directly from the confidence he gained as a student, and the knowledge that, given the opportunity, he could successfully compete with anyone regardless of where they went to school. This fearless outlook led Crim to a 31-year career enforcing federal civil rights laws and regulations in seven southern and southwestern states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Ted R. Crim, Bachelor of Science 1970; Master of Science 1971 says “I have felt a deep sense of pride and responsibility to this university.”
“I strongly believe that I enjoyed a successful career because of the academic and personal development preparation that I received as a student at A&M-Commerce.”
In exchange for all the university has given him, Crim has dedicated much of his time and resources to helping the university achieve a new level of esteem through a myriad of gifts including several books bearing the original signatures of U.S. presidents and other historical artifacts.
“Since most of life’s experiences are filtered through personal or societal perceptions, the broader respect my alma mater receives, the more respect alums receive,” Crim said.
He’s also played an instrumental role in designing the university flag, the restoration of the Heritage House and the construction of the Sam Rayburn statue that stands proudly outside of the Rayburn Student Center.
“When we as alums accept personal responsibility to show our support and pride for our alma mater, there is no limit to what A&M-Commerce can and will be as one of the nation’s oldest and finest institutions of higher education.”