Office of the President
Leadership is important to any organization, especially Christian organizations that equip tomorrow's leaders for impacting God's kingdom.
Crown College is an institution that is nearly a century old because of God's provision and wisdom for the fifteen presidents who served before me. In addition, there have been countless faculty and staff who have sacrificially served our students because of their love for our Lord, and because of their firm belief in what Crown College is all about...equipping Christians to serve and influence our world.
I am privileged to serve our students with you. We have a great team, we are financially sound, and we are on the verge of powerfully launching into our second century.
Together, our journey will be led by God; we will seek His guidance and wisdom, prayerfully, each day. We will passionately pursue opportunities to provide our students, whether on campus or online, the following outcomes:
- Placement in a job for which they are prepared
- Meaningful internship
- As little debt as possible upon graduation
- Profound service opportunities
- International experience
As an alumnus of Crown, I am much like our students; I am one who is Called to Serve; Prepared to Lead. Join me now, as we challenge our students academically, nurture and engage our students spiritually, and embrace their pursuit of vibrant service around the globe.
President Joel Wiggins, Ph.D.
Dr. Wiggins is a 21st century leader, blending business, ministry, education, and fund raising expertise to focus on a transformational student experience.
Academic Background and Experience
Dr. Wiggins' educational background includes:
- B.A. in History from Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN
- M.Div., Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
- Th.M., Leadership Studies, Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL
- D.Min., Church Leadership, Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL
- Ph.D. in Communication Studies from University of Texas at Austin
While in Austin, Dr. Wiggins also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at University of Texas and in the LeTourneau University MBA extension program.
Dr. Wiggins was ordained in the C&MA and has 16 years of on-staff ministry—mostly as the senior minister in three churches in Illinois, Virginia, and Nebraska. He served on district church growth committees with each of the churches he worked in planting other churches.
Since leaving the full time ministry in 1992, Joel has remained active in the church he and his wife, Kathy, have attended regularly. He has taught Sunday school, been a church greeter, participated in small groups, and even done a short stint as interim pastor of an E Free Church. Dr. Wiggins also was a founder and teacher of the Austin Christian Executives, a gathering of about 40 key leaders from various church and business backgrounds.
In 1996 Dr. Wiggins joined the staff of the Austin Technology Incubator, a non-profit devoted to supporting the formation and growth of high tech startups in Austin, TX. In 2000, he became its Executive Director and in 2005 (until coming to Crown), he became CEO of Enterprise Center of Johnson County, a new venture development organization in Lenexa, KS.
In 2006, Joel co-founded the Mid-America Angels, a network of high net worth individuals who have invested more than $10M in startups for an ownership stake in the companies. He recently raised money to conduct research for a book he is writing which involves interviewing 100 entrepreneurs who have sold their companies for between $50M-$500M.
Dr. Wiggins also has extensive international experience having conducted workshops on entrepreneurship in more than a dozen countries.
In addition, Joel received the prestigious President's Award from the National Business Incubation Association during the NBIA International Conference in Boston, attended by people from 43 nations. The award recognizes Dr. Wiggins' lifetime achievement in support of business incubation. This is only the fourth President's Award ever given by the NBIA, the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. For more details on this award, click here. For more on NBIA, click here.
Joel Wiggins is married to Kathy, whom he met at Crown College. The Wiggins' have two single children - Ryan, who works as a civilian at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and Heather, an architect in San Francisco. Dr. Wiggins likes sports of most kinds, likes to travel (they have visited all 12 of the Presidential Museum/Libraries in the country), read (especially biographies), hike, and play golf.
Kathy Wiggins is a 1979 graduate of Crown College (Christian Education). They were married in 1976 in the Hibbing (MN) Alliance Church, Kathy's home church. Most recently, Kathy was a project manager/trainer for a healthcare software company. Before that, she served as a quality manager at two healthcare companies. Kathy has also been a real estate agent, and provided administrative support for both the Missions Department at Trinity International University and the Economic Research Department at ConAgra Foods.