St. Andrews to become a University
Laurinburg, N.C. – “St. Andrews is now St. Andrews University!”
This announcement by St. Andrews President Paul Baldasare was made during the campus’ Founders’ Day Celebration Thursday afternoon, attended by the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students.
This inaugural Founders’ Day marks the 50th anniversary of the College’s opening and first day of classes on September 22, 1961.
“In recent years, the Board of Trustees and a Faculty-Staff Task Force have studied the pros and cons of changing the college’s name to St. Andrews University,” said Baldasare. “Becoming a university is consistent with our plans to add graduate level programs to the curriculum, expand on-line educational opportunities for adult learners, and recruit and attract more international students.”
Board chairman David Burns added, “Given the increased competitiveness in the higher education market place and the new opportunities we are planning to make available for students in the future, this change to University status makes great strategic sense.”
“Changing our name to become a university will not change who we are, nor will it in any way lessen our partnership in education with the Presbyterian Church (USA),” said Baldasare. “Our focus and priorities remain the same: to deliver a strong liberal arts and sciences education to our students, informed by the values and commitments of the Presbyterian Church. St. Andrews University reflects who we will become as we look to the future and develop additional opportunities for all of our students.”
Among the opportunities being developed are programs of study that can be delivered 100% online, advanced degree programs at the master’s level, and additional pre-professional programs that emphasize the applied nature of the liberal arts.
While the Board has approved the name change, the implementation of the change will take place over a 12 to 18 month time period.
“This is not something that can happen over night,” said Baldasare. “It is something that will take time to implement in all areas.”
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.