Trevecca Nazarene University will begin a unique partnership with Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in Quincy, Mass., following votes by each institution’s board of trustees.
Trevecca’s board voted last week to approve a Memorandum of Understanding that begins a formal three-year exploration of merger between the two institutions. ENC’s board gave unanimous approval to the proposal today.
Under the terms of the agreement, Dr. Dan Boone will serve as the president of both institutions. During meetings last week, Trevecca’s board voted unanimously to renew Boone’s contract for a four-year term. Trevecca’s 11th president, Boone has served the University since 2005.
He will serve as the president-elect of ENC until he is formally installed as ENC’s 14th president on Sept. 1. Boone succeeds Dr. Corlis McGee who is stepping down at the end of the academic year after 12 years as ENC president.
“I am humbled by the challenge of serving as the president of both,” Boone said. “In the wake of this news regarding our partnership with ENC, I am excited about the future of Trevecca. Our board of trustees just embraced strategies for growing Trevecca to 5,000 students over the coming five years.”
As the president of both institutions, Boone will provide leadership and oversight for both Trevecca and ENC. Both will retain separate boards of governance and continue to operate as independent institutions under their respective accrediting bodies.
“In a changing world, it is our duty to find ways to meet the needs of students seeking the formative influence of Christian higher education,” Boone said. “This collaboration will allow both Trevecca and ENC to do that for years to come. As an institution experiencing historic growth and financial stability, we are delighted to explore a new model of Christian higher education in partnership with ENC.”
Officials from both institutions believe the process, when fully implemented, will result in learning and co-curricular opportunities for students on both campuses, as well as increased operational cost efficiencies, shared program resources and expanded impact. Both institutions expect to use technology to expand course offerings, with students and faculty participating in classes and academic exchanges.
The decision comes at a time when Trevecca is experiencing dynamic growth. According to data gathered by the Nashville Business Journal, the University is the fastest growing university in Middle Tennessee, adding 581 students to total enrollment in the last year for a record total enrollment of 3,221. Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies achieved a 47 percent year-over-year increase in adult studies and graduate students from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016.
About Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Located approximately one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca provides a liberal arts education while guiding students to find God’s calling on their lives through traditional undergraduate programs, continuing and graduate studies and online offerings. With students from 43 states and 16 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 84 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.
About Eastern Nazarene College
Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) is a fully accredited traditional Christian liberal arts college with over 1,200 students distributed across a residential undergraduate program, adult studies and a graduate program. For more than 100 years, ENC has prepared students for lives of leadership and service through a liberal arts education. Today, students are educated for the 21st century through more than 50 majors and minors, where a global perspective transcends curriculum. With students from 34 states and 12 countries, ENC is widely recognized as one of the most diverse and multicultural Christian colleges in the country.