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Crowley’s Ridge names Johnson as next president


PARAGOULD, Ark. — Crowley’s Ridge College has named Richard Johnson, as its next president, effective Jan. 1.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Johnson, the college’s current vice president for advancement, will succeed Ken Hoppe, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 16 years.

“We were blessed to have exceptional internal candidates from which to choose,” said Jimmy C. Smith, chairman of Crowley’s Ridge’s board of trustees.

The four-year college is associated with Churches of Christ. Johnson earned an associate’s degree from Crowley’s Ridge in 1984 during its time as a junior college. In 1986, he received his bachelor’s in business administration from Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

He has a master of nonprofit management degree from Regis University in Denver and expects to receive his doctorate in higher education organization from Abilene Christian University in Texas in December.

Johnson and his wife, Andrea have been married for 34 years. They are members of the Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ, where he has served as a shepherd since October 2015.

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