John Crist is a man of humble heart with a history of service to the College and community. He retired in the summer of 2017 after serving as president and chief executive officer of CP Federal Credit Union for 20 years. Previously he had worked for 29 years for Consumers Energy in various accounting and benefits roles. He is an alumnus of Jackson Community College, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in business and accounting.
Crist was recognized in 2015 with the Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding service. He is active in numerous service organizations, including the College’s Board of Trustees since 2006. He served as a past campaign chair and president of the board of United Way, serves on the board for the March of Dimes District Office in Lansing, Cascades Park Improvement Committee, Lions Club in Parma/Spring Arbor, Kiwanis Jackson Hosts Club, Business Network International, and the Sparks Foundation Board. He served on the board of Western Schools for 11 years.
Trustee Crist is married to his lovely wife Jan and has two children, a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren.