The first decade of the new century was full of activity at Crown College.  A new athletic center was constructed and the library was expanded and updated.  A disc golf course was added to the many activities available to students.  Enrollment expanded so much that chapel could no longer be held in the chapel!  Three presidents also successfully served during this decade.

Fourteenth and Fifteenth Presidents 

Dr. Benedict left to lead the Christian Missionary Alliance in 2005 and Tim Savaloja was chosen as interim president.  Having served as CFO of the college since 1997, he had the knowledge and strength to lead the college while a search was conducted for the fifteenth president.

The man chosen to be the fifteenth president was Dr. Richard Mann.  Dr. Mann had experience as a missionary in China, held a Ph.D., and had been academic dean at Crown since 2000.  Dr. Mann brought his abundant energy to his new position, and worked to implement better pay for faculty, create staff and faculty welfare committees, and expand academic programs.

Gym Construction

The old gym at Crown College was not suiting the needs of the students anymore.  Seating was inadequate for fans and the athletes themselves were short on space.

So in response, a brand new gym facility was constructed in 2000.  Called the Wild Athletic Center, the new facility has two side-by-side basketball courts, retractable bleachers seating 750, and a suspended running track.



With more and more students enrolling at Crown, the chapel could no longer hold everyone at once!  School wide meetings, such as chapel, either had to be done multiple times, or a change had to be made.

In 2000, the new gym was built, and morning chapels were moved there.  While students missed the atmosphere of stained glass windows, it was quickly made up for by having 600 people worshipping together.

 Student Activities

Students at Crown had a wide variety of options when it came to activities.  A disc golf course was installed and offered a great tour of the campus grounds.  Students could spend time with their classmates at homecoming, on a cruise down the Mississippi, or at the Spring Banquet.  Competitions were fierce during broomball season, but everyone had a chance to give back at the student organized blood drives.

Library Renovation

In 2006, the library underwent extensive renovations to accommodate the need for more space and necessary updating.  Previously only occupying the North Wing, the library expanded into the West Wing and doubled its square footage.  New shelves and carpet were installed, as well as a computer lab and study rooms!

The library is one of the most popular places to be on campus.  The front of the library offers a view of the pond, comfortable chairs and couches are in abundance, fast computers make up the computer labs, study rooms are a great place to work together, technology is available for checkout, current databases offer the resources students need, and staff are always wanting to help!

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