Milligan College to become Milligan University in June 2020

Brandon Paykamian • Oct 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Milligan College President Bill Greer and Board of Trustees Chairman Ron Dove formally announced Friday that the institution will become Milligan University next June.

Greer said the name change “reflects who we are today,” and pointed out that Milligan has met the criteria for the new name for years now.

“I believe that time has come,” Greer said of the decision to change the name, adding that the Board of Trustees has been “considering this question for some time.”

In 2014, the Christian higher education institution reorganized its programs into five schools. Milligan now offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 13 graduate programs, including doctors of education and ministry programs. 

“As we celebrate all that has shaped us and who we are today, we have decided that now is the time, and I’m pleased to announce that Milligan College’s Board of Trustees has voted to change the name of Milligan College to Milligan University, effective June 1, 2020,” he said before campus community members gathered in the Gregory Center applauded. 

Greer pointed out that several publications have already listed Milligan College, which has now has a record student enrollment of 1,335 students, as a university.

“We’re classified by organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and US News and World Report as a university. In fact, this year, we’re ranked number 13 on the list of the Best Regional Universities in the South by US News,” he said. 

While alumni have grown attached to the name “Milligan College,” Greer said changing the name will make the institution more attractive to prospective students, particularly a growing number of international students.

Milligan College’s international enrollment has increased by 28% from last year, and international students now make up 5% of the current student body. 

Greer believes the new distinction could bolster that growth since “colleges are often considered inferior to universities.” 

“That’s not necessarily true in the US, but certainly is abroad,” he said.

In addition to a new name, Greer also announced the renovation of Milligan’s student center, which he said will be made possible this summer through an unspecified donation from the 3CLANE Family Foundation. The renovation will create a new facade and entrance, as well as an “open-concept” bookstore and updated dining area. 

Greer said more details about the new student center will be announced at a later date. 

For additional information on the name change and more, visit www.milligan.edu/university.

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