26 June 2023 |
The Atlantic Union College (AUC) Corporation Board and representatives from Andrews University have inked an Agreement of Intent to foster academic and spiritual collaboration, according to an article in Atlantic Union Gleaner. The agreement, signed on May 18, 2023, by AUC Corporation Board president Pierre E. Omeler and Andrews University president Andrea Luxton, represents the initial phase of further dialogues aimed at jointly offering diverse courses, programs, and degrees using different teaching models. The collaboration could potentially resurrect life on the AUC campus and contribute to its vision of becoming a “Hub of Education.”
“This is an important step toward having life back on this campus and part of creating the ‘Hub of Education’ where we are working to bring back higher education to our territory,” said Omeler.
Earlier, in February 2023, the Atlantic Union College Corporation Constituency Session voted against selling the South Lancaster, Massachusetts, property and authorized the board to begin creating an educational “hub” on the campus. The agreement with Andrews University is the first official step towards this goal. Omeler emphasized the importance and benefits of having Andrews, a globally recognized university, as part of the “hub.”
Other Adventist institutions have also shown interest in partnering with the AUC Corporation Board for similar agreements, displaying a collective desire to collaborate with the Atlantic Union Conference.