Chris Crenshaw serves as the director of the Physical Plant at The University of Southern Mississippi. After serving for several years as the director of Residence Life, Crenshaw was named to his current position in the fall of 2010. Recently, Crenshaw took a few moments to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.
Q:What is your hometown and educational background?
A:I am originally from Caruthersville, Mo., and I have three degrees from Southern Miss, graduating in 1984, 1987 and 1996.
Q:How long have you worked at Southern Miss and what other positions have you held?
A:I have been employed by the university for over 18 years and I’ve held the positions of assistant director for Greek Life; associate director for Union and Student Activities; associate director for Business and Operations at Residence Life and director of Residence Life.
Q:How many people do you oversee in your new role and what are the biggest challenges you face in this position?
A:I supervise a staff of more than 160. And I would say that satisfying the needs of our customers when we have such limited resources would be the toughest part of the job.
Q:How are things coming along with the new parking garage on campus?
A: We are close to completion of this major project and targeting an opening for early April.
Q:How do you spend most of your free time away from the office?
A:I enjoy hiking and camping with my family, along with a little flyfishing with the cadre.
Q:If you weren’t working at Southern Miss, what other career path might you have chosen?
A:That’s hard to say, there are so many choices.
Q:What’s the best advice you ever received?
A:I’d have to say two things, really. Life is about friendship … friendships are the springs that allow you to jump life’s hurdles. And the good Lord doesn’t promise you bad things won’t happen, but he does promise to give you the courage to endure them.
Q:How many times a day does your phone ring?
A:I’ve lost count.