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Thomas More College to Become Thomas More University

Thomas More College becomes Thomas More University on Monday.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education granted the college university status in July.

The school said full implementation of the change would take place over the 2018-19 academic year.

Its new identity was rolled out during a ceremony on Friday at its Crestview Hills campus, where it has operated for the past fifty years after its founding in Covington.

In the announcement, Thomas More noted that the designation celebrates its expanded academic offerings, new graduate programs, online courses.

The transition to university will necessitate a new organizational structure by creating three distinct colleges and one new institute: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and Health Sciences, and Institute for Ethical Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies. 

The status change follows other recent changes at Thomas More, including its forthcoming transition from NCAA Division III to NAIA, and its new residence hall on campus, and new STEM Outreach Center at its Biology Field Station on the Ohio River.

The Center for Health Sciences and Performing Arts Laboratory will be constructed in Edgewood.

Thomas More welcomed its largest incoming class in history this fall.

“This is a landmark event, and we believe it is the right time in our history to assume the university moniker,” said Thomas More Acting President Kathleen Jagger. “In 2021, we will mark our centennial anniversary, and this transition to university is the first in a series of strategic moves we are making to position Thomas More for its next century of work.” 

Jagger said that the term “college” in many places around the world actually refers to high schools. “Our new identity as Thomas More University should translate into greater credibility on the international stage for both our students and for those students from other countries who might want to choose an education here.”

“The Board of Trustees is proud to share this momentous announcement with our community,” said Marc J. Neltner, chairman of the Thomas More College Board of Trustees. “As Thomas More continues to innovate, our commitment to our students remains steadfast. Thomas More University will continue to provide the exceptional, values-based education that has given us our reputable status as a Catholic institution grounded in the liberal arts, while offering new, expanded professional and integrative academic programs.”

-Staff report