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
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

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


What would become Victory University was founded as the Mid-South Bible Center in 1944. In short order the institution transitioned into the Mid-South Bible Institute with a non-credit Adult Education Program and a one-year Basic Bible Course.

A four-year Bible college program was initiated in 1958 and the institution again changed its name in 1960 to Mid-South Bible College. Eleven years later, 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." Following the addition of majors in traditional disciplines in the social and natural sciences, education, and music, the institution gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1986.

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


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]


  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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