Manchester College in North Manchester will soon become Manchester University.
The change is intended to reflect Manchesters growing complexity, said Dave McFadden, executive vice president and interim dean of the new Manchester School of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne.
The new Fort Wayne campus is expected to open Aug. 13, McFadden said. About 70 students will start the new program in a $20 million state-of-the-art learning and research facility near Interstate 69 and Dupont Road.
The name change reflects the changes in the institution, McFadden said, but also reflects more of who we are becoming.
The school has traditionally been known for its undergraduate programs, which will continue, he said. But the school now has two masters programs and a professional doctoral program, and the new name reflects those programs, McFadden said.
Manchesters mission will not change, McFadden said.
We are changing how we do what we do, but will remain very mission-centered, he said.
The schools mission will continue to be to graduate people of ability and conviction, McFadden said.
The name change will be official July 1 but will be implemented over the course of the next several months.
Founded in 1889, Manchester College provides combined liberal arts and pre-professional programs and last year enrolled about 1,320 students from 22 states and 21 countries.
For more information visit www.manchester.edu.