CRC Announces Spring 2024 President’s and Dean’s Lists

Crowley’s Ridge College has announced the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Spring 2024 semester.

Recognition for these academic honors is based on grades earned during each semester of the regular academic year. Eligibility on the Dean’s List requires at least a 3.5 GPA with a minimum course load of 12 credit hours. Students must achieve a 4.0 GPA with a minimum course load of 12 credit hours to qualify as a Presidential Scholar.

President's List:

Caise T. Austin

Joseph Becerra

Jaylen D. Bozeman

Natalie N. Brightwell

Hannah E. Burk

Katie C. Cole

Laura E. Combs

Heather N. Conaway

Matthew A. Crabtree

Bailey N. Cupples

Jessica B. Duhme

Emilee B. Elms

Piper R. Farmer

Hunter N. Gibson

KristyAnn R. Grimes

Hannah J. Halverson

Makayla C. Herndon

Jadyn R. Hesse

Jackson R. Imler

Daisy Jackson

Kourtni N. Jagneaux

Joshua T. Lazzarino

Delainey K. Lucas

Autum Maxwell

Trenton McGowan

Braylen N. Morgan

Karsen F. Overshine

Eric D. Pangborn

Hydiyah Robinson

Shawn-Hudson Seegraves

Mickayla J. Smith

Kylan L. Stevens

Maggi M. Stricklin

Tori C. Sutherland

Reigiana B. Ward

Briley M. Weber

Alexis P. Weirich

Halea N. Wells

Lilly S. Wessel

Hunter L. Wilkerson

Kaia J. Williams

John H. Wilson

Emma M. Wyatt

Dean's List:

Cannon L. Baker

Andrew S. Brown

Braiden Burk

Robert C. Burks

Gabriel C. Childs

Braxton R. Cousins

Kylie M. Cox

Noah R. Dahnke

Brice D. Davis

Ansley N. Dawson

Ashton Drake

Shelby M. Elrod

Jillian C. Glasgow

Paige J. Glenn

Brent E. Gossett

Taylin S. Green

Chancey R. Henry

Walker R. Hibbs

Marlena B. Hipsher

Angel D. Johnson

Arthur T. Johnson

Bailey E. Jones

Daisy A. Kennon

Thomas W. Lamb

Luke W. Maguffee

Brooklyn T. Melson

Maddelyn R. Minyard

Austin G. Monks

Brinley R. Morgan

Matthew B. Parker

Brooklynn M. Passmore

Jordan M. Rasmussen

Shelby E. Razer

Madison P. Reed

Kemani K. Roberson

Joshua L. Schmitt

Michael Sharp Jr.

Jessica A. Schultz

Nicholas T. Smith

Samantha F. Tonkery

Jocelyn N. Villarreal

Demetri Williams

James H. Wilson

Travia M. Woodruff


CRC Women’s Basketball Announces Historic NIL Deal with Rockin’ Nutrition

Paragould, Ark. – The Crowley’s Ridge College women’s basketball team has partnered with local Paragould business Rockin’ Nutrition for a historic NIL deal that is the first in program or school history.
Rockin’ Nutrition will sponsor the Player of the Game and Player of the Month for the Lady Pioneers. They will exchange goods and services in exchange for brand marketing and advertising for the upcoming 2024-25 season and subsequent seasons to follow.
Head Coach Chris Richardson stated, “I am excited to partner with Rockin’ Nutrition in this partnership. I am thrilled that our girls will get recognition for their performances on the court and for growing not only our women’s basketball team, but Crowley’s Ridge College in the Paragould community. This is only the beginning for us as a program and I look forward to working with Rockin’ Nutrition and others as we continue to grow. I personally want to thank Cassie King and Rockin’ Nutrition for this monumental deal.”

“I look forward to working with Crowley’s Ridge College in the future and we are excited to partner with their women’s basketball team for next season.” added Rockin’ Nutrition owner Cassie King.
In a separate deal, the CRC women’s basketball team also reached an agreement this week with a private donor for brand new uniforms next season that have an estimated value at around $4,500. The Lady Pioneers will get Jordan brand white jerseys to wear at home.

Crowley’s Ridge College is a private, four year NAIA school located in Paragould, Arkansas.

Crowley’s Ridge College and Harding University Sign Formal Memorandum of Understanding

CRC continues to pave new academic pathways through a new partnership with Harding University’s Center for Leadership and Development.  In March 2024, Crowley’s Ridge College and Harding University agreed to and signed a formal memorandum of understanding.  This agreement will provide the opportunity for CRC alumni and employees to pursue graduate level degrees at a discounted (15% off) tuition rate.  The degrees are as follows:

  1. Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (30 hours)
  2. Graduate Certificate in Executive and Workplace Coaching (12 hours)
  3. Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (12 hours)
  4. Graduate Certificate in Training and Development (12 hours)

Any CRC graduate and/or employee holding a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA will receive a 15% tuition discount upon admission to Harding University’s Center for Leadership and Development.  Current undergraduate students who are expected to participate in May 2024 commencement are eligible for incentives.

For more information on the details of this agreement, visit

Three CRC Professors Promoted to Associate

Crowley’s Ridge College is pleased to announce that faculty members Marta Summitt, Ashley Hankins, and Zach Grimes, Ph.D. have each been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  Current and prospective faculty members are eligible for this promotion/appointment by having at least ten years experience in higher education, three of which being at CRC.

Mrs. Summitt is one of CRC’s longest-tenured professors, and is a valuable asset to the college’s Division of Business and Technology.  She works tirelessly each and every day to better the lives of her students by mentoring, guiding, and instilling Christian values in each and every one of them.  She advises most of the Business majors on campus.  Summitt is married to Daniel, a Crowley’s Ridge Academy employee, and together they have three wonderful children.  They attend the 7th and Mueller Church of Christ.

Ashley Hankins wears many hats at CRC.  She is a full-time English Professor in the Division of Arts and Sciences, teaching courses in Composition and Literature.  She also serves as the Learning Management System Director and the Director of the on-campus Learning Center.  Hankins and her husband, Ryan, attend the Hillcrest Church of Christ.

Dr. Zach Grimes came to CRC in 2021 from Murfreesboro, TN and has instructed various courses in the Division of Arts & Sciences.  He was recently named the interim Chair of the Division of Teacher Education.  In addition to his research and teaching experience, Dr. Grimes is the Chair of the college’s Academic Assessment committee.  He has had the opportunity to go into classrooms and teach life science lessons for students at multiple grade levels.  He is passionate about helping the next generation of teachers discover their love of teaching.  He and his wife, KristyAnn, along with their son, Greyson, attend the Center Hill Church of Christ.

“I can’t begin to express how unbelievably proud I am of all three of these remarkable and influential faculty members,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeremy Pierce.  “Dr. Grimes, Mrs. Hankins and Mrs. Summitt are certainly deserving of this accomplishment and this is just the next piece of evidence that CRC academics continue to thrive and excel.”

Congratulations to these three talented professionals!  Crowley’s Ridge College students and staff are blessed to have each of them.

Michael Meredith named 2024 Distinguished Alumnus

Crowley’s Ridge College would like to recognize Michael Meredith (’00) as the 2024 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the Church, the Community, and Christian Education.

A native of Fort Worth, TX, Michael came to Paragould in 1999 eager to see what God had in store for him at Crowley’s Ridge College. Michael was a member of the graduating class of 2000.  After leaving CRC, Michael continued his education at Arkansas State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in the area of Public Relations. Michael would go on to do graduate work at Harding University.

It was while he was going to school at ASU, that CRC approached Michael about becoming an admissions representative for the college. Beginning in 2002, Michael would travel to schools, churches, youth rallies, and ball games all over the region, looking for potential future CRC Pioneers. In 2004, alongside Steve Cremeens, Michael helped get the softball program off the ground and running. It was during this time Michael transitioned into youth ministry at the Hillcrest Church of Christ, while also coaching the Lady Pioneer softball team.

In 2007, Michael accepted a position with the Valley View Church of Christ as the congregation’s first Youth Minister. Michael would work in Jonesboro for seven years in different ministerial roles.

In 2013, Michael was invited to come back to Paragould to serve as the preaching minister for the Center Hill Church Of Christ. In addition to his local work, Michael has been privileged to speak at many youth rallies, lectureships, gospel meetings, schools, and various civic gatherings. Michael counts himself fortunate to have been able to spend his entire working ministry in Paragould/Jonesboro.

In 2003, Michael married his CRC sweetheart, Misti Jones Meredith, who serves as a First Grade teacher at Crowley’s Ridge Academy. Michael and Misti are the proud parents of Jacob (17) and Madilyn (15).

Michael and Misti are forever grateful for the blessings coming to CRC has produced. The friendships and memories they’ve created over the last twenty five years are more than anyone could ever ask for. When they think of CRC, they think of the wonderful people they met and encountered.

“Most people go to college in the hopes of finding friends, a potential mate, and the skills necessary to build a future. Going to CRC provided me with not only friends, but Christian friends. I didn’t just find a wife, but a Christian wife. CRC didn’t just give me an education. They provided a Christian education that has allowed us to minister and serve others,” says Meredith. “We will forever be thankful we chose CRC! And we will always be proud to be Pioneers!”

Michael will be presented with his award during halftime of the Men’s Homecoming Basketball game Saturday, February 17th.

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.

36 students named to Crowley’s Ridge College’s President’s List

Crowley’s Ridge College announces it’s Fall 2023 President’s List.  A student must be enrolled full time and achieve a 4.0 GPA to be named to the President’s List.  Students are listed alphabetically as follows:

Caise Austin

Lindsey Browning

Dru Bryant

Layne Bullard

Hannah Burk

Katie Cole

Heather Conaway

Braxton Cousins

Matthew Crabtree

Bailey Cupples

Ansley Dawson

Bailee Duhme

Hunter Gibson

Jillian Glasgow

KristyAnn Grimes

Alyssa Henry

Bailey Hensley

Makayla Herndon

Kourtni Jagneaux

Josh Lazzarino

Autum Maxwell

Braylen Morgan

Brinley Morgan

Karsen Overshine

Eric Pangborn

Shawn-Hudson Seegraves

Michael Sharp

Kylan Stevens

Tori Sutherland

Reigiana Ward

Briley Weber

Alexis Weirich

Lilly Wessel

Demetri Williams

Kaia Williams

Emma Wyatt

38 students named to Crowley’s Ridge College’s Dean’s List

Crowley’s Ridge College announces it’s Fall 2023 Dean’s List.  A student must be enrolled full-time and achieve a GPA of 3.5 to be named to the Dean’s List.  Students on the list are listed alphabetically as follows:

Joseph Becerra

Jaylen Bozeman

Natalie Brightwell

Braiden Burk

Gabriel Childs

Laura Combs

Kylie Cox

Ashton Drake

Emi Elms

Madison Erickson

Piper Farmer

Hannah Halverson

Marlena Hipsher

Brylan Honeycutt

Jackson Imler

Daisy Jackson

Arthur Johnson

Bailey Jones

Caleb Krimmel

Lafonce Latham

Delainey Lucas

Brooklyn Melson

Brandun Nathan

Kenneth Nelms

Hannah Grace Parker

Brooklynn Passmore

Avery Perkins

Shelby Razer

Madison Reed

Hydiyah Robinson

Joshua Schmitt

Mickayla Smith

Colton Spence

Samantha Tonkery

Jocelyn Villarreal

Halea Wells

John Wilson

Koda Yates

CRC Athletics to Join American Midwest Conference

St. Louis, Mo. – The American Midwest Conference announced today that Baptist Bible College (Springfield, Mo.) and Crowley’s Ridge College (Paragould, Ark.) will join the American Midwest Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. The addition of the two institutions brings AMC membership to 12 schools.

“The AMC is excited to add both Baptist Bible and Crowley’s Ridge for next year. Both institutions are growing as institutions in general as well as athletically,” AMC Commissioner Will Wolper said. “Many
of our schools already compete against the two schools in non-conference competition, so the opportunity for us to add two institutions in our southern footprint that align with our current membership philosophically, on their mission and sports sponsorship, strengthens the AMC, and will enhance our student-athletes experiences as well as the experiences of Baptist Bible and Crowley’s Ridge’s student-athletes.”

“In Baptist Bible College and Crowley’s Ridge College, we are adding two schools that are similar institutions to one another in size, the direction of the institutions and athletics programs, and planned
growth as well as having similar values, missions and beliefs of our current membership,” Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow, chair of the AMC Council of Presidents, said. “My colleagues and I see that both schools have a great future ahead, and the AMC’s future will be greater having them as partners. Both Drs. (Mark) Milioni and (Richard) Johnson have shown a commitment to supporting excellence within their athletics programs and to becoming involved in the Conference themselves. We welcome the Patriots and Pioneers to the AMC.”

Crowley’s Ridge College is a private four-year church-affiliated but autonomous co-educational liberal arts college designed to help students grow closer to God while pursuing a college degree. The
institution is committed to continually emphasizing the integration of scholarship, critical thinking, service, and the spiritual dimension of life. Crowley’s Ridge enrollment has grown over 20 percent since 2020.
“It is an exciting time at Crowley’s Ridge College to be given this opportunity to be a member of the American Midwest Conference. This is a top-notch organization and the leadership of AMC Commissioner Will Wolper and his staff stand out as you read what this conference is about and understand how they encourage the involvement of athletic staff, non-athletic staff, presidents, and college students to participate in this conference,” Crowley’s Ridge College President Dr. Richard Johnson said. “I am looking forward to working with and learning from each of them as CRC does our part to add to this outstanding conference and we are grateful for this opportunity.”

With the addition of men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross country for the 2023-24 academic year, Pioneer Athletics has grown to nine sports. Like Baptist Bible, CRC sponsors AMC
championship sports of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and volleyball. Crowley’s Ridge has been a member of the Continental Athletic Conference since joining the NAIA in 2016.
“We are all excited about the next chapter in Crowley’s Ridge College Athletics. Our entire coaching staff is looking forward to the move to the American Midwest Conference,” Crowley’s Ridge Athletic Director Chris Perkins said. “Our student-athletes are looking forward to building on the regional rivalries that the AMC will bring to their college experience.”

Baptist Bible College educates, inspires, and equips students to serve as effective Christian leaders. Founded in 1950, specializing in ministry and professional studies degrees, BBC has a long heritage of producing Christian professionals and ministers, offering accredited degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master levels. Baptist Bible is in the business of seeing students’ lives changed through the Gospel to equip them to impact others for life change as well. Since 2020, enrollment at Baptist Bible has grown by nearly 35 percent. “Baptist Bible College is honored and humbled to be accepted into the NAIA and the American Midwest Conference,” Baptist Bible College President Dr. Mark Milioni said. “The reputation and commitment to quality, excellence, and high standards both in athletics and academics are visible to all. We look forward to making many new friends and enjoying great competition in the coming years. Thank you again from a grateful family at Baptist Bible College.”

Patriot Athletics is growing to nine sports, with the addition of softball in the spring of 2024 and women’s soccer in the fall of 2024. The Patriots also compete in AMC championship sports of baseball,
men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer, and volleyball. Baptist Bible was approved for NAIA membership in October. They are currently a member of the National Christian
Colleges Athletics Association (NCCAA), where they captured the 2022 NCCAA Division I men’s basketball national championship.
“On behalf of Baptist Bible College, I am thrilled to announce that we have been accepted into the American Midwest Conference. This is an incredible honor and opportunity for our institution. We are deeply grateful to the AMC for extending this invitation,” Baptist Bible Athletics Director Darin Meinders said. “This acceptance into the American Midwest Conference aligns perfectly with our mission and values. It reflects the hard work, dedication, and excellence of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. We are excited to join a community that values both academic and athletic achievements.”

With the addition of Springfield, Mo. and Paragould, Ark. to the Conference’s footprint, over 40 percent of the travel in the Conference is under two-and-a-half hours, with nearly 35 percent under one hour 45
minutes. The American Midwest Conference (AMC), a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), has 10 full members in Arkansas and Missouri. Formed in 1986 as the Show-Me
Collegiate Conference, the AMC sponsors championships in 16 sports and emphasizes the NAIA Champions of Character® Initiative and its five core values – integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

CRC Appoints New Athletic Director and Assistant A.D.

by Wil Teague, Sports Information Director

Paragould, Ark.- Big news has officially hit the Ridge as of today with the Pioneer Athletic Department undergoing some internal leadership changes. After 38 ½ years of involvement in Pioneer Athletics, Athletic Director Paul McFadden has decided to step down as Crowley’s Ridge College’s A.D. Coach McFadden, or Coach Mac as many know him, has been involved with CRC Athletics since May of 1985, where he helped build up CRC’s first ever Women’s Basketball program but was officially named CRC’s first Athletic Director in 1998. Over the years, Coach Mac has pieced together a proud resume by coaching three sports, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Baseball, while helping the athletic programs transition as the school grew. In McFadden’s reign as A.D., CRC transitioned through 6 collegiate divisions of competition: the Southland Christian Athletic Conference, the National Junior College Athletic Association, the National Small College Athletic Conference, the Association of Christian Athletics Conference, the National Christian Athletic Conference, and finally the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. It’s not hard to tell the impact that Coach Mac has had on Pioneer Athletics. Luckily for Crowley’s Ridge College, McFadden will still be around the campus as a Biblical professor and will remain the Vice President of Student Affairs. This transition will allow him to focus more on his classroom work and help with the overall enrollment of the college with the Admissions Department, but don’t worry, Coach Mac will still have his hand in athletics as he plans to serve as an advisory role going forward. On behalf of Crowley’s Ridge College and Pioneer Athletics, we thank you for your example, leadership, and the many sacrifices you have made for the school and its athletic programs. Congratulations on this new role at CRC, Coach Mac. 

Pioneer Athletics had no trouble finding their new Athletic Director as former Assistant Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Perkins smoothly transitioned into the new role. Perkins is currently entering his 17th year at Crowley’s Ridge and has a rich history with former A.D. Paul McFadden. The two spent many years coaching alongside one another in Pioneer Athletics. Perkins had this comment about the change – “Thank you to Dr. Johnson for trusting me to take over this role. Thank you to Coach Paul McFadden for recommending me to take over the athletic department and for his amazing leadership and friendship over the past 17 years as we worked together. I look forward to leading Crowley’s Ridge College Athletics to the next level both at a conference level and a national level. We have a great coaching staff here and we have exceptional student-athletes, I can’t wait to see what our future holds here.”

Lastly, Jordan Malone was selected to fill Chris Perkin’s former role as she was named the new Assistant Athletic Director. Jordan enters her 9th year as the Lady Pioneers Head Softball Coach but enters her 14th year of being associated with CRC as she was a dual sport student-athlete playing basketball and softball while enrolled. Malone is no stranger to leadership positions as she has served as the school’s Senior Woman Leader for the past three years. Malone commented, “As I enter my 9th year at CRC, I can’t help but look back and acknowledge that I have loved every second of it. I have enjoyed watching the growth and improvements of Pioneer Athletics over the years. I’m grateful to be honored with this new position as it gives me the ability and opportunity to be a part of more.” 

Congratulations to all three coaches in their new roles, may you all bleed green, white, and black forever. #GOPIONEERS