CRC Hires Former Arkansas Senator to Administrative Staff

Crowley’s Ridge College is pleased to welcome former Arkansas Senator Tim Wooldridge as Advancement Executive: Office of the President. He returns to CRC after serving in the Arkansas Senate, Arkansas House of Representatives, Arkansas Development Finance Authority, the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, the Arkansas Association of Public Universities, and everywhere in between.

Wooldridge’s academic career began at CRC in 1983 as an Admissions Advisor.  He served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement from 1988-2000.  Wooldridge says that he is pleased to be coming back because he’s always held a soft spot for CRC and what it does for its students.  “The need for the work of CRC’s Christian worldview teaching is more important now than ever because we live in a knowledge based global economy,” says Wooldridge. “I love Dr. Johnson’s vision and mission for the college, and that’s what intrigued me to come back.”  He and his wife of 42 years, Lisa, have two children, Jeremy and Tiffany (both CRC alumni) and five grandchildren.  He is an elder at Union Central Church of Christ in Marmaduke.

Former Senator Wooldridge will now work directly with Dr. Richard Johnson, CRC’s President, as well as Brett Carlile, CRC’s Director of Advancement to enhance the image of CRC in the local, regional, and political communities.  Ultimately, increased fundraising is the goal with this newly created position with a constant focus on individual donors, churches, foundations, government officials, and other influential friends and potential donors to CRC, with the public at large.  Wooldridge’s job duties include:

  • Visiting churches throughout the U.S.
  • Visiting individual donors
  • Visiting donor prospects with the ability to help CRC
  • Visiting government and political contacts at both the federal and state level
  • Developing relationships with private foundations
  • Developing corporate relationships

Being a statewide speaker, Wooldridge welcomes opportunities to speak to churches and civic organizations.  “Supporters of Crowley’s Ridge College are some of the most caring, generous, kindest people on God’s earth, and I’m very grateful that God has given me the opportunity to speak to them about CRC’s mission and higher education and economic development,” Wooldridge adds.

President Johnson says that Wooldridge’s return enriches CRC’s Christian higher education institution.  “I am confident Tim’s leadership aligns perfectly with the values of CRC and our constituents, and will lead to God continuing to bless our combined efforts as we help Crowley’s Ridge College to thrive in all that we strive to do,” says Johnson.  “We welcome him back and look forward to his leadership and obviously high standards.”

Wooldridge’s first day at CRC will be February 1, 2024.  He can be contacted via email or cell (870) 926-8758.