Flinn installed as chair of CFOT Crestmont Council

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William B. Flinn

Commissioners Knaggs and Majors Foley conduct installation.

By Jim Hartman

William B. Flinn is the new chair of the Crestmont Council—the educational authority for the College for Officer Training at Crestmont. His installation—by Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs, territorial leaders, and Majors Tim and Cindy Foley, training principal and director of campus services, respectively, occurred during the council’s May meeting.

“The appointment of Bill Flinn to this leadership role enables the college to continue the excellent work of the council while positioning the faculty, staff and the council to address new opportunities for training additional cadets for officership,” said Knaggs.

The college will be well served under the mission-based leadership of Flinn, who said, “I am looking forward to serving in this role and am pleased to be in a position where I can serve the college and the territory.”

Flinn is the chief operating officer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and is active in musical ministry at the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps. Currently, he is bandmaster of the Pasadena Tabernacle Band, which has been asked to perform this summer at the Old Orchard Camp Meeting in Maine, the first time a band from the Western Territory has received such an invitation.

Previously Flinn served as music director for numerous Salvation Army groups. Under his 23-year leadership of the Tabernacle Songsters, the group became one of the leading vocal ensembles in The Salvation Army, with numerous recordings and international tours. Recently, International Headquarters selected Flinn to produce the 120th Anniversary of the International Staff Band in London.

Flinn has received numerous awards and recognitions for community service including The Salvation Army National Award for Exceptional Service. His blend of corporate and non-profit experience and his knowledge and commitment to The Salvation Army are evidence of his talents. His expertise in communication, public relations, special event production and non-profit management will enable him and the Crestmont Council to move forward strategically. The college has had record enrollments the last few years and is expecting one of the largest first year classes ever for 2011-2012.

Knaggs and Foley also commended the former chair, James Reeves, vice president at Marymount College, for his service as chair since 2005 and his service as a board and council member since 1992.


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