Crandall University

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Crandall University
Atlantic Baptist College
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Motto Cristus Praeeminens
Motto in English
Christ First
Type Baptist, private
Established 1949
Chancellor Mr. Donald Simmonds
President Dr. Bruce G. Fawcett
Administrative staff
27 full-time, 3 sessional, 2 adjunct, and 27 part-time faculty, 39 other staff
Students 685[1]
Undergraduates 685
Postgraduates 0
Location 333 Gorge Road
Moncton, New Brunswick
, Canada
E1G 3H9
Campus Urban
Sports teams Chargers: Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer
Men's Baseball, Cross Country
Colours blue      and gold     
Affiliations Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches
Acadia Divinity College
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, CUSID,
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Coordinates: 46°8′2.15″N 64°51′42.86″W / 46.1339306°N 64.8619056°W / 46.1339306; -64.8619056 Crandall University is a small Christian Liberal Arts university located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Crandall is operated by the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.


Crandall University 106736150RR0001 was registered as a charitable organization in Canada on January 1, 1967. The primary areas in which the charity is now carrying on programs to achieve its charitable purposes, ranked according to the percentage of time and resources devoted to each program area follow:

  • Universities and colleges 100%

The charity carried on charitable programs to further its charitable purpose(s) (as defined in its governing documents) this fiscal period:

  • provides bachelor's degrees in Arts, Business Administration, Science and Education.
  • provides certificate programs in Arts and Education[2]

Library and archives[edit]

Crandall University houses the Baptist Heritage Center whose 300 artifacts preserve the material history of Atlantic Baptists, the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, and its predecessor organizations. The collection and archives includes objects used in worship services, furniture, musical instruments, church building architecture pictures and printed material.[3]


The school was founded in 1949 under the name United Baptist Bible Training School (UBBTS), and served as both a secondary school and a Bible school. Over two decades, the focus of the school gradually shifted toward post-secondary programs. In 1968, UBBTS became a Bible and junior Christian liberal arts college, and in 1970 the name was changed to Atlantic Baptist College (ABC). A sustained campaign to expand the school's faculty and improve the level of education resulted in ABC being able to grant full Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1983.[4] Its campus at this time was located along the Salisbury Road, west of Moncton's central business district.

The institution moved to a new campus constructed on the Gorge Road, north of the central business district, in 1996. The name was also changed to Atlantic Baptist University, a reflection of expanded student enrollment and academic accreditation. In 2003, the ABU sports teams adopted the name The Blue Tide. The institution was the first, and thus far only, English university in Moncton. The Atlantic Baptist University Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 2008.[5]

On August 21, 2009 it was announced that the institution had changed its name to Crandall University in honour of Rev. Joseph Crandall, a pioneering Baptist minister in the maritime region.[6] In conjunction with the University name change, Crandall Athletics took on a new identity as "The Crandall Chargers."

In 2012, Crandall University came under public scrutiny for receiving municipal funds regardless of having an anti-gay hiring policy.[7][8]


Notable alumni[edit]


The University has been criticized for accepting public money (municipal, provincial and federal) to fund programs and expansions to the campus but maintaining a hiring policy which would prohibit gay faculty.[7] A year after the controversy erupted, the University opted to not apply for $150,000 in public funding that it had received annually in order to avoid changing its hiring policy.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Full-time plus Part-time Enrollment" (PDF). Association of Atlantic Universities. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ Canada Revenue Agency Charities listing
  3. ^ Baptist Heritage Center
  4. ^ Crandall University - History
  5. ^ Atlantic Baptist University Act
  6. ^ Atlantic Baptist University changes name
  7. ^ a b "New Brunswick university under fire for anti-gay hiring policy". 1 June 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Crandall University defends anti-gay hiring policy". 31 May 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Crandall University drops request for city funding",, 2013-02-05, retrieved 2013-04-06 

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