Victory University

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Coordinates: 35°08′21″N 89°56′45″W / 35.139046°N 89.945927°W / 35.139046; -89.945927

Victory University
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Motto Think Critically. Grow Spiritually. Change Our World.
Established 1941
Type Private, for-profit
Chancellor Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee
President Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, EdD
Provost Dr. Sherryl Weems, PhD
Academic staff 95
Students 1,970
Location Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Campus Urban, 25 acres
Colors Crimson & Cardinal
Affiliations Non-denominational Christian
Website http://www.victory.edu/

Victory University, formerly Crichton College, was a private liberal arts Christian college located in Memphis, Tennessee. It closed in May 2014. It was a four-year, coeducational for-profit institution owned by California-based Significant Education and it was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The last semester during which classes were held was Spring 2014.[1]

History[edit]

Victory University was founded as the Mid-South Bible Center in 1944. Shortly after, the institution became the Mid-South Bible Institute with a non-credit Adult Education Program and a one-year Basic Bible Course.

In 1958, a four-year Bible college program was initiated and in 1960, the institution changed its name to Mid-South Bible College. In 1971, the institution earned accreditation from the Association of Biblical Higher Education. The institution continued to grow and in 1982, it began a Teacher Education program to "prepare Christian men and women to teach in schools." In 1986, with the addition of majors in the social and natural sciences, education, and music, the institution gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 1987, the institution changed its name to Crichton College to honor its long-time president James B. Crichton, who died in 1984. The institution relocated twice: in 1989, sharing a campus with local megachurch Central Church and again in March 2002, moving to its current location on Highland Avenue.[2]

During 2009, Dr. John M. Borek, Jr. was appointed President and California-based Significant Federation bought the financially troubled institution, which became a for-profit business.[3] One year later, the college changed its name to Victory University. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was given the title of Chancellor and became a fundraiser for the institution, although Huckabee did not take up residence in Memphis.[3] The financial troubles continued to plague the university and it abruptly announced in March of 2014 that the spring semester of 2014 would be its last semester and the university would be closing.[1]

Degrees Offered[edit]

Victory University offered Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) I and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary studies. An Associate of Science in Christian Ministry was the only two-year degree offered. It also offered certificate programs in teacher education, biblical studies and urban youth ministries. Starting in the fall of 2011 VU offered a Masters in Professional Counseling.

Victory University had a program called the "Bridge to College", which was a dual enrollment program for high school students.

Student life[edit]

Victory University offered activities and entertainment for students at the Bryce Student Center. Seminars and conferences on career planning, maintaining a successful family life, and Christian missions were part of the college's annual program. Victory University leased a dormatory for up to 120 students at the Flats at Cotton Council, located four miles away from the main campus at 1918 North Parkway in Midtown Memphis. The upper three levels of the dormitory were reserved for athletes.

Athletics[edit]

VU had varsity and club athletics (men's baseball, men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's bowling, spirit squad) and an intramural program. Prior to 1985 VU varsity teams were known as the Saints, from 1985 to 1989 as the Crusaders, from 1989 through 1996, as the Cougars, in 1996, as the Cardinals, in 2005 as the Comets, and in 2011 as the Eagles.

Prior to 2006, Victory University was a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA); In 2006, it joined the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In the 2009-2010 school year Crichton left the NAIA. Intercolegiate athletic programs were suspended in the Spring of 2009 because of the institution's financial troubles, but were re-instated, beginning with basketball.[3] in April 2010. In 2012 Victory University offered men and women's bowling, men and women's track and field, men and women's cross country, and women's volleyball.

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b George Brown and Stephanie Scurlock (March 6, 2014). "Defeat For Victory University; Doors Closing". WREG. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Victory University (2014). "History". Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Callahan, Jody Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee to be a fundraiser for Victory University. Memphis Commercial Appeal. July 12, 2010

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