George Fox University will celebrate its 125-year anniversary in the newly begun school year, expected to bring in more than 4,000 students for the first time. The institution began with just 15 students in 1891. George Fox will host a kick off birthday celebration as part of its annual Serve Day Sept. 14 and has scheduled a variety of special events throughout the year to continue the commemoration, according to the school’s website.
Forbes has ranked Valparaiso University one of the top 75 colleges in the Midwest for 2016. The school also regularly appears in the magazine’s America’s Top Colleges list, which is determined based on criteria like student satisfaction, graduation rate, academic success, and most importantly, postgraduate success and student debt. Valparaiso has boasted a graduate placement of more than 90 percent for the past 23 years, and its student loan default rate of 3.0 is far below the national average of 11.8, the university reports.
Baylor University has announced the appointment of a presidential search committee to determine the institution’s 15th president. The committee is led by chair Bob Brewton, B.B.A., ’74 and vice chair Andrea L. Dixon, Ph.D., professor of marketing and executive director of the CEnter fro Professional Selling and Keller Center for Research at Baylor’s school of business. The team has begun its work and will be selecting a firm to assist with the national search. Other committee members include alumni, faculty, a current student, administration and current regents of the university, according to the school’s website.
Colorado Christian University has announced the selection of Donald Sweeting as its president, Denver Post reports. The long-time trustee of the school is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and most recently served six years as president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. He has also served 12 years as senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church and an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary. He succeeds Bill Armstrong, who held the position for 10 years and announced his retirement in February. He passed away July 5 at 79 after a battle with cancer.