Kent Krober began his tenure as athletic director in March 2014. Krober is a 1978 graduate of Greenville College and returns to the college after serving for 13 years in various positions as a public school teacher and coach in East St. Louis, Ill., vice president for the church and ministry division at Cass Commercial Bank in St. Louis, and most recently, a development and planned giving officer at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Krober will succeed Dr. Doug Faulkner, who has been athletic director since 1999. Krober will officially assume the duties in March.
During his 35-year career, Krober has showed significant experience in development and admissions with strong leadership and managerial capabilities. He has displayed a record of quality service, staff and expense control, goal achievement, public relations, and effective teaching, coaching, and mentoring.
Krober was employed in various positions at Greenville College from 1982 to 2001, starting as an admissions counselor and assistant men’s basketball coach and eventually serving as director of alumni and church relations when he departed for the teaching and coaching position in East St. Louis. During those 19 years at Greenville College, he spent time as director of admissions and was head men’s basketball coach for six seasons.
As part of his tenure at Greenville College, he coached the men’s basketball team to a 20-win season and a berth in the NAIA District 20 playoffs. He also engaged the college’s alumni board into a “working board” which took ownership in its involvement in the affairs of the college while increasing its annual giving by 15 percent. As a member of the college’s advancement staff, he was a member of the team that gained a then-record $1.7 million in unrestricted giving.
In East St. Louis, he received a superior rating in his teaching evaluations and also coached his boy’s basketball team to a Sweet 16 berth in the Illinois Elementary School Association playoffs.
During his time at UMSL, Krober increased the giving to the college of business by 350 percent in just two years. He also started the planned giving program five years ago and has averaged $2 million in new gifts each year.
Krober earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Greenville College and a master of science in educational counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He spent the first year of his teaching career as a physical education teacher at Kingsway Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, followed by three years as a seventh grade science teacher, driver’s education teacher, and multi-sport coach for the Clinton Central school district in Michigantown, Ind.
A long-time member of the Greenville Free Methodist Church, Krober has led the board of finance as its chairman which has aided the church to a stronger financial status.
“I am absolutely delighted that Kent is returning to Greenville College,” said President Ivan Filby. “Kent really understands how our athletic programs help us fulfill our mission of delivering an education that empowers, enriches and endures. It’s great to have him back!"