About us

In 2018, seven Crown alumni from the early years came together with the idea to improve the living and study conditions of the current and future students of Crown College.

The Crown Provost Advisory Committee (CPAC)

Who We Are

We are a group of seven Crown alumni from the “Pioneer” classes of 50 years ago. In 2017, after joyfully coming together at the celebration of Crown’s 50th anniversary, we met with Crown Provost Manel Camps and current students. We were both inspired and motivated to do more. So, we formed a group.

We call ourselves the Crown Provost Advisory Committee (CPAC).
We are an unincorporated nonprofit association.†
We are independent from UCSC.
We work closely with Crown Provost Manel Camps.
We pay our own expenses.
We raise funds for good causes that benefit current and future Crown students.

Our main purpose is to work with the Crown Provost, Manel Camps, to help revitalize the sense of vibrant community we experienced at Crown so long ago. It is also an opportunity to give something back to a place that helped us become who we are now.

Our Achievements

Improvements to Student Meeting Space. In 2017, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Crown’s founding by raising $78,000 from alumni to modernize the Crown Library. The following year we raised additional funds to help remodel the Fireside Lounge. The renewed Crown Library and Fireside Lounge are the main public spaces for Crown students to study and meet now that all dorm lounges have been converted to bedrooms.

Core Course for Alumni. In 2018, with the intent of bringing alumni and current Crown students together, we received approval from Provost Manel Camps to allow alumni to audit the Core course online. Three sections were opened to Crown alumni in 2018 and 2019.

  • To find out how and why the Core course changed over the years, click here.
  • To view last year’s readings, click here.

Alumni Outreach. We’ve taken steps to reach out to alumni from the classes of ‘68 through ‘75. Our four-year-old Facebook page and our brand new website are aimed at helping us reconnect with each other and Crown College.

† Articles of Association and Bylaws

Our Achievements (cont.) 

In April 2022, we held a 50th reunion for members of the classes of 1968 to 1972. It was a smashing success. About 75 alumni attended plus about 20 companions. The program which began on Thursday afternoon and ended at noon on Sunday did not disappoint.

Enjoy photos of the activities in our reunion gallery.

Our Very Big Goal

We set our sights on raising $1,000,000 in donations before December 31, 2022, and here’s why:

At the reunion, Crown Provost Manel Camps explained that since the ‘60s and ‘70s, state funds to support the UCSC college concept, unique among UC campuses, have been drying up.  The college programs and activities that created individual college identities now require financial support from the colleges themselves. The college experiences that we enjoyed will continue to shrink in importance unless the provosts have sufficient funds to maintain and enhance the unique college programs and activities. The distinctive features of Crown College that were most meaningful to us–the small classes, the friendships with faculty, the unique core courses, and the pleasure of living with, dining with, and attending classes and college nights with our Crown cohort–are all at risk of vanishing.

We asked Crown alumni to join us to preserve the best things about Crown College for future generations. Our goal to raise $1,000,000 for the Crown College Endowment Fund and the Crown College Current Fund to ensure that current and future provosts have the funds to preserve Crown’s identity was achieved. Thanks to a generous matching grant of $400,000 from an anonymous Crown alum, we were able to reach our goal of $1,000,000 in July 2023.