Donald O. Young, D.D.
Vice President of International Operations,
Global Partners in Hope
Education Toccoa Falls College
Over his long career involving international leadership, Mr. Young has served in more than 35 countries around the world. In addition, he’s served as a missionary with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Ivory Coast, Africa, for 15 years; and pastored churches in Alabama and Wyoming for 14 years. Mr. Young served the C&MA as the Director of Missionary Candidates, and is on the Board of Managers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Don led the C&MA’s recovery efforts in Waveland, Mississippi. In addition to working with GPiH, Mr. Young is a board member of the Kairos Foundation, and the Regional Director for the College of Prayer in Asia.
Jay Steele, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Administration, Chair of Crown's Business Department
Education Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.Div., Ashland Theological Seminary; M.B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College; B.S. Physics, Baldwin-Wallace College
As the former pastor of King Road Alliance in Ashland, Ohio, and as a former systems and sales support analyst for Nixdorf Computer, Cleveland, Dr. Steele is perfectly suited to teaching accounting, finance and economics from a faith-based perspective. His definition of academic excellence is not only mastery of a discipline, but also the integration of faith into that discipline. He intentionally incorporates ethics into all his curricula, which sets his teaching apart from that of other business professors. A professor at Crown since 1986, Dr. Steele says students’ greatest takeaways from his classes are: learning to appreciate a solid biblical foundation throughout all coursework; and the tools to enter a broad spectrum of business opportunities. Dr. Steele is a member of the American Accounting Association.
Jim Nichols, D.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Education D.B.A., Anderson University; M.B.A., University of Dallas; B.S., Iowa State University
After working in the corporate sector for more than 30 years, with experience in domestic and international sales and marketing, small business ownership and corporate planning, Dr. Nichols began teaching undergraduate business course. He joined Crown College in 2001, in order to integrate the Word into his course curriculum so business and ministry co-exist for students dedicated to making a difference in the world. He teaches a range of business courses and is actively involved in business-as-mission at the college, church and denominational levels. For Dr. Nichols, the hallmark of academic excellence is teaching students to think critically about a problem and strategize potential solutions. He’s is a member of the American Management Association and the Christian Business Faculty Association.
Jim Hunter, Ph.D.
Vice President of External Relations
Education Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.A., Crown College; B.S., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
Since joining Crown College in 2004, Jim developed and honed his visionary leadership and strategic oversight as the director of Athletics, Admissions, and Crown’s Online Enrollment team. He’s also served as Dean of Crown College’s School of Online Studies & Graduate School. As Vice President of External Relations, Dr. Hunter engages diverse stakeholders in Crown’s mission and faith-based education goals, from students, faculty and alumni, to donors, churches, and the global business community. He works closely with Crown President Dr. Joel Wiggins on their shared passion: engaging and developing leaders who are called to serve and prepared to lead with a global, Christ-centered perspective. Dr. Hunter has traveled numerous times to England and Bangladesh on soccer mission trips. He also serves on the Twin Cities regional board of Hope International, a nonprofit organization that works to alleviate spiritual and physical poverty in the poorest countries in the world through Christ-centered micro-financing.