Crandall University

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Crandall University
CrandallU COA.jpg
MottoCristus Praeeminens
Motto in English
Christ First
TypeBaptist, private
ChancellorDonald Simmonds
PresidentBruce G. Fawcett
Academic staff
27 full-time, 3 sessional, 2 adjunct, and 27 part-time[citation needed]
Administrative staff
39[citation needed]
333 Gorge Road
Moncton, New Brunswick
E1G 3H9
Sports teamsChargers: Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer
Men's Baseball, Cross Country
Coloursblue      and gold     
AffiliationsConvention 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 Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada.


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.[1] 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 built on the Gorge Road, north of the central business district, in 1996. The name was changed to Atlantic Baptist University (ABU), 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.[2]

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.[3] 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 despite having an anti-gay hiring policy.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7]


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Crandall University. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Atlantic Baptist University Act, 2008". Government of New Brunswick. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Atlantic Baptist University changes name". CBC News. August 21, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Brunswick university under fire for anti-gay hiring policy". The Toronto Star. June 1, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Crandall University defends anti-gay hiring policy". May 31, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Crandall University drops request for city funding",, February 5, 2013, retrieved April 6, 2013
  7. ^ "Crandall University". Retrieved March 26, 2019.

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