Manchester College will soon be changing its name to Manchester University, President Jo Young Switzer announced Monday afternoon.
“A new name will help us communicate our expanding academic competencies and goals,” she said in a press release.
The change is to occur on July 1.
“What we will not change is our mission to graduate persons of ability and conviction who will work to improve the human condition,” she added. “Manchester’s reputation for exciting learning and service opportunities supported by faculty mentoring will continue in the undergraduate, graduate and School of Pharmacy programs.”
It is hoped the name change, approved Saturday during the Board of Trustees’ spring meeting, will reflect the growing complexity of the institution.
Switzer’s recommendation and the board’s decision were preceded by conversations with members of the Manchester community – alumni, faculty, current students and staff – as well as surveys by a research firm of potential students and community leaders.
Dr. Dave McFadden, who will be implementing the change, welcomes it.
“Manchester College is going through many institutional changes,” he told the Plain Dealer on Monday afternoon. “This will help raise our profile, and help with international recruiting as well.”
He said very few “formal” changes are necessary to change the name to Manchester University and that when it is finished, “students will see the potential for new things.”
The timing is optimal as Manchester grows in complexity beyond its 123-year-old undergraduate, residential liberal arts core, with a new professional doctoral program in pharmacy, with its faculty engaged in research agendas, the new, non-residential campus in Fort Wayne, and the graduate programs in athletic training and education.
In August, the first 70 students in Manchester’s new doctoral pharmacy program begin classes in the Fort Wayne facility. When they graduate in four years, 280 students will be enrolled in the program.