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University of Valley Forge - September 16 Press Release

by Office of Marketing | Sep 16, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Dr. Dan Mortensen
610.917.1412
dwmortensen@valleyforge.edu

VALLEY FORGE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IS NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLEY FORGE

New Name, Same Mission

Students Celebrate at UVF Sign
PHOENIXVILLE, Pa., Sept. 16, 2014 – Effective today, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug. 27 but state processes appointed the formal recognition date as today. 

President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on the name change and the future of the university. "As we walk through this transformational doorway, we acknowledge a new name, but same mission." he said, "A mission to, 'prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.'"

The University of Valley Forge celebrated the change during chapel at 10 am today. Students, faculty and staff wore new university logo apparel in support of the name change. The service shared the launch of the new university logo, website and online radio station. The first university diplomas were presented to three alumni faculty members: the first graduate of a masters program and two graduates from Eastern Bible Institute (the original name of the university in 1939). The celebration continued on the campus grounds with lunch and a student photo booth. In addition, a temporary University of Valley Forge sign was unveiled at the main entrance where a permanent sign will later be erected.  

The university will continue to be regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Education Program of UVF is aligned to meet the requirements of the DOE. The university is endorsed by the Alliance for the Assemblies of God Higher Education, a group of 16 institutions serving approximately 3 million Assemblies of God adherents in the United States.


About the University of Valley Forge
 
The University of Valley Forge is part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities. As a private university of the arts, sciences and professions, it provides undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning programs. Its mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world. The University of Valley Forge’s 150-acre main campus is located in Phoenixville, Pa. The university offers ​more than 50 undergraduate majors, ​eight graduate programs and nine associate programs, and has a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio serving over 1,000 students.

The history of the University of Valley Forge dates back to 1939, when several small bible institutes consolidated and formed Eastern Bible Institute (EBI), in Green Lane, Pa. The institute charter was granted to train evangelists, pastors, missionaries, Christian educators and lay workers. EBI expanded in numbers and property space becoming Northeast Bible Institute (NBI) and, after a fourth year of study was added, became Northeast Bible College (NBC). In 1976–1977, NBC moved to its current location in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, on the site of the former Valley Forge General Hospital, and was renamed Valley Forge Christian College (1976–2014).
 
For more information on the university, visit http://www.valleyforge.edu/university.

Accreditations
The University of Valley Forge is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Website: http://www.msche.org. Phone: 267.284.5000). The Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (Website: http://www.cswe.org. Phone: 703.683.8080).
 
Press Contact
Dr. Dan Mortensen
610.917.1412
dwmortensen@valleyforge.edu 
 
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