Huntington University

Huntington University

infobox University
name= Huntington University
established= 1897
type= Private, 4-year, undergraduate & graduate
students= 1089
city= Huntington
country= USA
campus= Small Town

motto= The Truth will make you free
president= G. Blair Dowden
dean= A. Norris Friesen
state= Indiana
colors= Forest Green and black
free= teams, called the Foresters

affiliations= Church of the United Brethren in Christ, NAIA, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Huntington University is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in Huntington, Indiana. Huntington University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 70 academic concentrations.

As a Christian university, Huntington is "committed to developing the whole person, assisting students to understand all areas of human knowledge from the perspective of a Christian worldview, and preparing them to impact their world for Christ." [ [ Huntington University - Christian education] ]

Huntington is "not a refuge from the contemporary world, but an arena for encounter with that world and creative response to it." With the conviction that "all truth is God’s truth," the University educates its students "in the liberal arts and their chosen disciplines, always seeking to examine the relationship between the disciplines and God's revelation in Jesus Christ." [ [ Huntinhton University - Mission statement] ]

Huntington University has a strong historic and ongoing relationship with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, an evangelical denomination headquartered in Huntington, Indiana.

Formerly called "Central College" and "Huntington College," the institution adopted its current name with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special chapel service on Thursday, September 1, 2005.

Graduate programs

Huntington University's Graduate School offers master's degrees in counseling, education, and ministry.

In 2008, the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry was replaced by a new graduate counseling program leading to state licensure.

The Master of Education degree is offered for teachers. Available concentrations include: M.Ed. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Elementary Reading, M.Ed. in Early Adolescent Education (middle school Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts), M.Ed. in Adolescent and Young Adult Education (high school Math, English, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry).

A Master of Arts degree in Ministry Leadership is also available, along with a special pastoral leadership diploma program and continuing education for pastors.

A Master of Arts degree in Youth Ministry Leadership is offered through a combination of on-campus and distance-education courses.


Huntington University Foresters compete in the Mid-Central Conference [ [ Mid-Central Conference Membership List] ] of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. [ [ NAIA Membership List] ]

Men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field.

Women's teams include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. [ [ Official web site: Huntington University athletics] ]

Notable alumni

* E DeWitt Baker, pilot, missionary educator in Sierra Leone, and college president
* Neal & Carol Brinneman, translators of the Bible into the Lama language of Togo, Africa
* Charles Curie, head of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
* Steve Platt, holder of Indiana basketball collegiate scoring record 3,700 points.
* J Edward Roush, US Congressman and "Father of 911 Emergency Service"
* Doug Slaybaugh, CEO and President of Purpose Driven Ministries
* Stephen & Beverly Swartz, tranlators of the Bible into the Warlpiri language of Australia
* Susan Guilkey, 2005 Miss Indiana


* 1896 Cornerstone of original building laid by Milton Wright, bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and father of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
* 1897 With a prayer of dedication by Bishop Wright, the institution opened as "Central College."
* 1917 Name changed to "Huntington College."
* 1958 Alumnus J. Edward Roush elected to Congress
* 1961 Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
* 2005 Name changed to "Huntington University."


Huntington University, like many colleges and universities, places restrictions on student behavior. Unlike many institutions of higher education, every student who chooses to attend Huntington must sign an agreement to refrain from prohibited activities. [ [ Huntington University - Student handbook PDF] ]

In 2004-2005, controversy ensued when Huntington dismissed John E. Sanders, professor of religion and philosophy, following constituent disputes over Sanders' views on open theism and inclusivism.fact|date=March 2008 Sanders was placed on a one-year full-salary sabbatical, at the end of which his contract was terminated.fact|date=March 2008 Some students and faculty protested under the banner of academic freedom.fact|date=March 2008

Campus points of interest

* Merillat Centre for the Arts
* Thornhill Nature Preserve
* Huntington University Arboretum and Botanical Garden
* Lake Sno-Tip
* [ Driving directions and Campus map]

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Official Athletics website]


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