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Union to start new campus in Hendersonville

JACKSON, Tenn.June 16, 2008 – Union University will launch a new campus this fall in Hendersonville, Tenn., with eventual plans to offer graduate degrees in Christian studies, nursing, education and business there.

The campus will be located at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, and Charles Lea, retired academic vice president at Volunteer State Community College and a deacon at the church, will serve as the executive director of the new campus.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to expand to Hendersonville our mission of delivering academically excellent, Christ-centered higher education,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “We are most grateful to Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster and First Baptist Church for helping to make this possible.”

Dockery expects the Hendersonville location to be similar to Union’s campus in Germantown, Tenn. Launched in 1998, the Germantown campus now has about 900 students and offers undergraduate degrees in nursing and organizational leadership, as well as graduate degrees in nursing, Christian studies, education and nursing. Like Germantown, the emphasis on the Hendersonville campus will primarily be graduate education.

Dockery said the Hendersonville campus is a direct result of Foster’s invitation to Union to establish a campus in the community.

“Hendersonville, and all of Sumner County, recognizes the value of education,” Foster said. “We have many dedicated teachers in our schools, both public and private, who desire the ability to further their own education. Hendersonville is also a very strong faith based community.

“Recognizing the success that Union has had with their Germantown campus, all of this seemed to be a perfect fit for Union to expand in Hendersonville,” he continued. “Knowing the people of our city and county, I felt that Union would be warmly welcomed and would have the opportunity for a great deal of success here.”

The campus will launch this fall by Union relocating its Master of Christian Studies program, currently meeting in Brentwood, to Hendersonville First Baptist Church. Union will begin an Education Specialist degree in Hendersonville in February, and plans to introduce other degree programs on a regular basis.

More information about the Hendersonville campus is available at www.uu.edu/hendersonville.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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