MONCTON, NB – Crandall University announced that its name change was officially completed today in the New Brunswick Legislature when the Lieutenant Governor gave royal assent to a Private Bill passed last week by the Members of the Legislature.
Known previously as Atlantic Baptist University, the process of changing the name to Crandall University began in February 2009 when the Board of Governors voted in favour of rebranding the university. The Board's decision was endorsed by the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches in August 2009. The Convention, which founded the institution in 1949, continues to support the university and to elect appointments to the University's Board of Governors.
The name honours the work and legacy of Reverend Joseph Crandall (1771-1858) who was the patriarch of Baptist work in New Brunswick, having been ordained in the province in 1799. Reverend Crandall was a pioneering evangelist, a church planter and a leader in the denomination's early efforts to establish educational institutions. He was appointed President of the New Brunswick Baptist Educational Society in 1833. He also served briefly as an elected member of the New Brunswick Legislature. "Reverend Crandall was a passionate Christian believer who recognized the importance of combining faith and education" stated Dr. Brian MacArthur, President of the University. "This change is intended to celebrate our denominational heritage while helping to overcome the perception of exclusivity that a denominationally specific name tends to generate," he stated.
Crandall University is a private Christian university that offers degrees in Arts, Science, Business, and Education. It is located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The university is currently engaged in a $24M expansion project designed to support an enrolment goal of over 1000 students within five years.
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