CRC hires Crossno as full-time Bible professor

Crowley’s Ridge College is happy to announce Dakota Crossno as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies.

Dakota is no stranger to CRC, however. He has instructed Bible courses as an Adjunct Professor for the past few academic years and is a CRC alumni as well. He enrolled as a student in 2014 and was baptized by Art Smith that same year. He met his wife, Anna, on campus as well and together they have two beautiful children.

Dakota holds an A.A. and B.A. in Biblical Studies from CRC, a M.A. from Freed-Hardeman University, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Biblical Exposition. He has preached at Lawson Road Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Arkansas while serving as an Adjunct Professor. In addition to his full-time faculty duties, Dakota will serve as co-director of CRC’s Annual Lectureship series. CRC’s 23rd Annual Lectureship, “That You May Know: A Study of 1, 2, 3 John” is set for April 14-17, 2024.

Please join us in welcoming Dakota Crossno to the Division of Biblical Studies full-time faculty!

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

Crowley’s Ridge College announces it’s Spring 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

Hannah Burk

Heather Conaway

Braxton Cousins

Matthew Crabtree

Bailey Cupples

Jessica Duhme

Piper Farmer

Hunter Gibson

KristyAnn Grimes

Alyssa Henry

Bailey Hensley

Lotti Hoffman

Kourtni Jagneaux

Bailey Jones

Joshua Lazzarino

Autum Maxwell

Todd McMillen

Alex Mero

Brinley Morgan

Eric Pangborn

Tara Pangborn

Alexis Rhodes

Mickayla Smith

Reigiana Ward

Alexis Weirich

Lilly Wessel

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

Crowley’s Ridge College announces it’s Spring 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 are listed alphabetically as follows:

Cannon Baker

Solomon Boan

Andrew Brown

Katie Cole

Brianna Davis

Ashton Drake

Myah Edwards

Sierrah Floyd

Paige Glenn

Bradie Gunther

Hannah Halverson

Jadyn Hesse

Kathryn Howell

Jamerria Johnson

Daisy Kennon

Caleb Krimmel

Andrew Lee

Delainey Lucas

Trenton McGowan

Brooklyn Melson

Kenneth Nelms

Lily Newsom

Brooklynn Passmore

Avery Perkins

Joshua Schmitt

Tori Sutherland

Kagan Teal

Halea Wells

Hunter Wilkerson

Demetri Williams

Kaia Williams

Emma Wyatt

CRC Professor Submits Publication to Journal of Research in Science, Math, and Technology Education

The National Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education recently published part of Dr. Zachary Grimes of Crowley’s Ridge College’s dissertation for publication.

The official publication, titled “Conceptions of Disciplinary Anxiety across Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Contexts: A Critical and Theoretical Synthesis” can be read and downloaded here:

One of the expert reviewers called the manuscript ‘very informative’ and stated that it ‘would make a significant contribution to the field of STEM education.’

Crowley’s Ridge College is very supportive of Dr. Grimes’ work in this area, and Grimes says he is very blessed to be at CRC because of it.

“STEM Education, particularly in PK-12, is currently undergoing some seismic shifts through calls from stakeholders and policymakers to address STEM integration. This means that we are on the cusp of a new subject being taught in school in some ways – the goal of having STEM classes that are separate from science and math, that will stand on their own.  However, very few people have thought about the ramifications of this integration. Of specific importance are how this integration could theoretically impact students. People know about math anxiety, and we train teachers in how to address that with their students – but people are less familiar with anxiety in science or other disciplines. If we integrate these disciplines, are we going to see new anxiety manifestations in students? What if students are math anxious and science anxious – what will that look like in STEM classrooms? That was my goal with this work – to consider where we are headed in education, but keeping an eye on what we’ve learned. The main component of this publication is the development of a new framework for how we view and conceptualize anxiety in STEM classrooms. What are some ‘risk factors’ or other considerations that we know about in the individual component disciplines of STEM that we need to remain aware of in this new integrated, singular STEM classroom?” -Dr. Zachary Grimes, Crowley’s Ridge College.

CRC Day set for June 11th 2023

Crowley’s Ridge College is one of only 12 Christian Liberal Arts Residential Colleges connected with Churches of Christ that remain open and daily influencing young adults within the critical field of higher education in the United States.

Consider giving on “CRC Day” Sunday, June 11th, 2023 to help fund these Bible related areas: 

-Bible Scholarships
-Preacher Training
-Educational Materials
-Bible Field Trips
-Lectureship 2024
-Ridge Connection Campus Ministry Program

Mail your CRC Day gift to:
Crowley’s Ridge College
100 College Drive
Paragould AR 72450


Give Online at:

For more information, contact the Office of the President at 870-236-6901 or

CRC Partners with Classic Learning Test (CLT)

Crowley’s Ridge College has partnered with the Classic Learning Test (CLT).

The Classic Learning Test (CLT) may be newer to the college entrance exam world, but it has quickly become more and more accepted as an entrance exam for college and university admissions offices along with the standard SAT and ACT exams. As a new partner, CRC recognizes the CLT as an acceptable entrance exam for admissions.  

“We are excited to announce CRC’s partnership with the Classic Learning Test (CLT) and we believe it is an important addition to our admissions process as we search for future Pioneers to add to our CRC family,” says Dean of Students Erica Richardson, “It is clear that CRC and CLT have similar missions as we strive forward in Christian higher education and emphasize spiritual growth, service, critical thinking, and scholarship for our students and the work of God’s Kingdom.”

The CLT takes approximately two hours to complete and assesses verbal and quantitative reasoning and grammar/writing. Scores are received within 10 business days and are instantly shareable with any number of colleges and universities at no cost. Students who take the CLT are also eligible for academic scholarships at partnering colleges, including CRC. 

For more information, contact CRC’s Office of Admissions at or by calling (870) 236-6901.

For more information about CLT, visit

Senior Marketing Major Scores School Record on MFT.

Alex Mero will be graduating on May 13th with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.
Alex recently scored a 199/200 on the MFT (Major Field Test) exam, which is the highest score by any CRC student since 2012 when the exam started being administered. Alex completed the course requirements for his Bachelor’s degree in just three years and will be graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He was also a member of the Men’s Basketball team.
Crowley’s Ridge College’s staff, and especially the Division of Business faculty, recognizes and congratulates Alex on his accomplishments and wishes him the best in his bright future. We are so proud to call him a Pioneer!

CRC Selects Pierce as Next VPAA

Congratulations to Jeremy Pierce, who has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2023.
Pierce joined Crowley’s Ridge College as an adjunct instructor in 2016 teaching courses in New Testament and Personal Evangelism. In the summer of 2020, he became the Division Chair of Biblical Studies. He also gained experience at CRC serving nearly three years in academic assessment, two years on the curriculum committee with a year and half as chair, and has served as the Dean of Students. Pierce will begin his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding School of Theology this fall.
CRC President Dr. Richard Johnson and the Board of Trustees are confident that Mr. Pierce is an excellent choice as CRC’s next VPAA.
President Johnson stated, “Jeremy’s heart is at CRC and he has done an excellent job as our Interim VPAA. Jeremy is someone we can depend on in this important role. His Biblical knowledge coupled with his academic experience make him an excellent choice as our next VPAA and is someone who understands how to keep the college advancing in her academic programs.”
President Johnson and First Lady Andrea Johnson hosted a reception after chapel yesterday for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Mr. Pierce’s selection to his new leadership role.

Hahn Named Next Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach

CRC announces their next Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach, Chris Hahn! Coach Hahn has 11 years experience as a head coach in SEMO with stops at Holcomb, Delta and Greenville. Coach Hahn led the nation in scoring in 2019-20. He’s also led his teams to two elite eight finishes and has been selected three different times as conference coach of the year.

“I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the school. I really believe in the vision that coach Richardson has for the program moving forward and I can’t wait to get on campus and start working with our kids!” -Chris Hahn

Let’s welcome Coach Hahn to the CRC family! #CRCWBB #PioneerTough


by Wil Teague, Sports Information Director

CRC Announces Brady Flynn as Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach

Crowley’s Ridge College announces Brady Flynn as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for the 2023-2024 season.  Flynn joins CRC from Shorter University in Georgia, where he served as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for two seasons.  Flynn is a Liberty University alumni, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Coaching in 2021 and worked as a student manager of the Women’s Basketball team during his time there.  He also obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from Shorter University in 2022.

“I am tremendously grateful and blessed to be joining the Crowley’s Ridge family,” said Coach Flynn. “I look forward to working with our staff and players for not just this season, but all future seasons to come,” Flynn says.