Trevecca Nazarene University

Former president of Crown College joins Skinner School of Business and Technology

Rick Mann PhD has joined the Trevecca’s Skinner School of Business and Technology to serve as its director of graduate and professional studies and the professor of leadership and strategy.

Mann came to Trevecca from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, where he had served for thirteen years—first as provost and later as president (two terms). His career as an educator began in China, where he taught after completing his graduate education. He has served as an adjunct instructor for California State University and Taiwan Theological College. He will continue his role as the CEO of GrowingLeadership, located in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

Mann earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University, an MDiv from Canadian Theological Seminary, an MA from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD from The Ohio State University.

After learning that Minnesota’s cold weather was affecting his wife’s health, he and his wife, Cheri, began a search to find a place to serve in a warmer climate. Because both had positive memories of Nashville—Cheri had completed her nursing training at Vanderbilt University, and their oldest son had earned his MD and a PhD at Vanderbilt—they looked at Nashville as a possibility for their relocation.

Mann explains his decision to become part of Trevecca: “When Cheri and I considered coming to Trevecca, we were amazed to see the number of ways in which God brought alignment with our past work and future hopes. Our background with the Christian and Missionary Alliance gives us a common theological heritage in the holiness movement with Trevecca and the Church of the Nazarene. In fact, Ambrose University College in Calgary (Canada), where I did my master of divinity studies, is a partnership institution between the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene. These two denominations also share a common commitment to the Scriptures as our guide for life and faith. When Cheri and I listened to President Boone and Jim Hiatt, dean of the Skinner School of Business and Technology, we were inspired by their vision for the role and impact Trevecca has in the community and around the world. Their innovative leadership and Christian commitment are compelling and create an atmosphere that captured our hearts.”

Mann began working for Trevecca on July 1, and he fills the position left vacant following the retirement of Ed Anthony.

“It is an absolute delight to welcome Dr. Rick Mann as the director of graduate and adult studies for the Skinner School of Business and Technology. Not only does he bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his position, but his contagious positive attitude and Christian demeanor have already begun to endear him to his coworkers.  I anticipate many meaningful contributions to Trevecca by Dr. Mann in the months and years to follow,” said Jim Hiatt, dean of the Skinner School of Business and Technology.

Rick and Cheri Mann have three adult sons. Their oldest is a biotech analyst in China. Their second son is a senior pastor in Seattle, Washington, and their youngest son is in seminary.