Crown College Welcomes Sixteenth President, Dr. Joel Wiggins
21st Century leader blends business, ministry, and education expertise to focus on student experience, transformation.
Today, July 1, 2013, Dr. Joel Wiggins assumes his role as Crown College president. A longtime business incubator manager, Christian pastor and university instructor, Wiggins’ vision for Crown rests on three interconnected pillars: academics, faith and global service.
“Crown strengthens students academically and spiritually by offering challenging, engaging courses online and on campus, and a safe, nurturing environment to explore their faith,” Wiggins said. “I hope to enhance this foundation by infusing Crown’s global and intercultural programs with Christian and professional service perspectives, to prepare students for success and relevancy in the 21st century.”
While most private college presidents rise through academic ranks, Wiggins brings to Crown a distinctive blend of academic, faith and business perspectives. His background includes 13 years in education, 16 years in Christian ministry and 15 years in business and entrepreneurial development, including international consulting. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Enterprise Center of Johnson County near Kansas City, and was founding organizer and executive director of Mid-America Angel Investments. Wiggins also graduated from Crown.
“Our students and community will benefit tremendously from Joel’s leadership,” said Don Berglund, Crown’s Board of Trustees chair and Memorial Blood Centers CEO. “He has the vision, business acumen and deep Christian faith Crown needs to move powerfully into our next century.”
Crown’s specialized degrees and delivery options are unique to the Midwest. Every student at the accredited, four-year, private Christian college graduates with two degrees: one in a professional specialty and a second in Christian Studies. Crown’s online enrollment is also growing because it offers the most comprehensive list of exclusively online undergraduate and graduate degrees among upper Midwest Christian colleges and universities.
“As an alumnus, I understand how Crown deeply impacts students’ lives. I explored my Christian faith here, met my wife here, found my vocation here,” Wiggins said. “Crown is financially sound and growing. I am privileged to work alongside its faculty and staff to create transformative experiences for our students.”
For more about Dr. Joel Wiggins, click here.
After nearly 100 years, Crown College remains an exceptional, private Christian college passionate in its preparation of Christians who serve Christ and influence the world in many professions. Located west of Minneapolis, Crown is distinguished by its pledge to deliver a Christ-centered education that is academically outstanding, globally connected and an excellent value. With nationally ranked on-campus and online degree programs, Crown offers the best of both worlds – a vital, energetic campus and a best-in-class online Christian college. Visit www.crown.edu.
Click to hear Paul Ridgeway interview Dr. Higgins on AM980 KKMS's "On the Way" radio program.
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