Post University

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Post University
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Former names
Matoon Shorthand School (1890-1893)
Bliss & Harrington's Business College & School of Shorthand (1893-1897)
Waterbury Business College (1897-1931)
Post College (1976–1990)
Teikyo Post University (1990-2004)[1]
Motto "Student Focused, Career Driven"
Type Private, For-profit
Established 1890
President Dr. Donald W. Mroz
Students 7,317
Location Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
Campus Urban 58 acres (23.5 ha)
Colors dark green & white          
Athletics Division II - Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Sports 20 varsity teams[2] (men and women)
Nickname Eagles
Mascot "Swoop" The Eagle
Website http://post.edu

Post University is a private, for-profit university in Waterbury, Connecticut and founded in 1890. Prior to 1990 it was known as Post College. It was affiliated with Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan from 1990 to 2004, and during that time it was named Teikyo Post University. The university offers over 25 undergraduate and graduate programs in day, evening, and online courses, and has three satellite centers in Meriden, Danbury, and Wallingford. Post was ranked as number 19 in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Online Programs report. The Online MBA program was also listed among the top 100 online graduate business programs.[3] In 2015, Post University joined the American Council on Education (ACE) Alternative Credit Consortium to create a flexible education initiative for non-traditional students.[4]

History[edit]

Post University was founded in 1890 as Matoon Shorthand School. The school offered training in typing, bookkeeping, business writing, and other courses. In 1897, Harry C. Post acquired the school and renamed the school Waterbury Business College where he became the college's first principal. The school would again change its name in 1931 to Post College where it would keep its namesake until 1990.

Post College would see continued growth to its campus and program offerings. In 1965, the school would move to its current location on Country Club Road in Waterbury, CT. Harold B. Leever is named Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Leever Student Center is named in his honor. The school would expand again by adding the Traurig Library in honor of Rose Traurig. In 1970, the school would open its first off-campus site in Meriden, CT.

In 1976, Post College became a four-year institution and began offering accelerated degree programs aimed at helping Vietnam veterans earn their college degree. In 1980, the college began offering baccalaureate degrees, and a few years later would acquired its athletic facilities to support men's and women's varsity sports.

In the 1990s, the school would become affiliated with Teikyo University and change its name to Teikyo Post University. The school would have an influx of international students and new online programs.

In 2004, the school changed to a new Board of Trustees and became Post University. The school would exand its liberal arts programs and graduate-level courses. In 2007, Post offered Connecticut's first fully online Master of Business Administration degree program. In 2012, the business school was renamed to Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, after the former United States Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige, Jr..

In 2015, the school celebrated its 125-year anniversary.[5]

Campus[edit]

Post University sits on a 58-acre (23.5 ha) campus located near Interstate 84 (Yankee Expressway) in Waterbury, CT.

Post Tree[edit]

Post University Tree

The Post Tree is a Camperdown Elm (Ulmus 'Camperdownii') and also serves as the backdrop for the university's logo. The tree measures 13 feet in height with an average spread of 28 feet. The trunk's circumference is 110 inches.[6] The Post Tree is over a half-century old, and, in 2014, was added to the list of Connecticut's Notable Trees, and has become part of Connecticut's natural historic record. The elm has been a fan favorite for student events and a place to take photos.

Residence Halls[edit]

There are 6 student residence halls on campus. West Hall houses approximately 100 first-year students and was recently renovated in 2011. Middle Hall houses approximately 44 first-year students. Paparazzo Hall houses 44 first-year students and was recently renovated in 2013. South Hall houses approximately 60 upperclassmen students and was recently renovated in 2012. East Hall houses approximately 60 upperclassmen students. Okinaga Hall is the newest constructed apartment-style residence hall for upperclassmen.[7]

Torrance Hall[edit]

Torrance Hall

Torrance Hall houses main campus admissions and the president's office. It was the former home to Walter Torrance and family and was renovated in 1965 after a fire destroyed the back of the building.

Traurig Library[edit]

The Traurig Library is 3 levels and stores over 12,700 books and media, as well as, boardrooms, and the office for Academic Affairs.

Campus Halls[edit]

Hess Hall features classrooms, the Registrar, the Financial Aid office, Human Resources, and IT. North hall houses Career Services, the Communications Office, Associate Faculty lounge, Commuter Student Lounge, and the Photography Lab. MacDermid Hall has chemistry and biology labs and classrooms, and the university's largest lecture hall. The art department facilities are also found here, including two studio spaces and a ceramics kiln. The Leever Student Center has the Campus Store, Eagle's Nest - common area for special events and club meetings, the Dining Hall, Cyber Café, and Counseling Center.

LaMoy Field[edit]

LaMoy Field is a multipurpose facility to support Post's athletic programs and Spring Football team. The field was recently updated to a turf field in 2011. Next to the turf field is the softball field, featuring a turf outfield and a clay infield, and dugouts.

Drubner Fitness Center[edit]

Drubner Fitness Center ("Drub") supports the basketball, volleyball, and tennis teams. The facility also houses the campus fitness center and weight room.

Administration[edit]

The organization is a private, for-profit school; since 2004, it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Post Education, Inc.,[8] a Delaware C corporation. John L. Hopkins is the current chairman and CEO.[9] Dr. Don Mroz is the current President of Post University and was founding Dean of the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business.[10]

Accreditation[edit]

Post University is accredited by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Athletics[edit]

Official athletics logo.

Post University, known athletically as the Eagles, is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, primarily competing in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, sprint football, tennis, and track and field; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Non-varsity programs include cheerleading, and equestrian sports (IDA dressage, IHSA hunt seat, and IHSA western).

Championships[edit]

Past CACC championship teams.[11]

Student Activities[edit]

Post students participate in many diverse activities throughout the school year both on campus at 'The Eagle's Nest' and within the community. Some campus organizations include:[12]

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post History". post.edu. 
  2. ^ "Post Athletics". posteagles.com. 
  3. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". blog.post.edu. 2013-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ACE's Alternative Credit Consortium". acenet.edu. 2015-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Post History". post.edu. 
  6. ^ "Post Tree Data". conncoll.edu. 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Residence Halls". post.edu. 
  8. ^ "Attorney General's Opinion". ct.gov. 2005-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Post Administration". post.edu. 
  10. ^ "Malcolm Baldridge Accrediting Body". reuters.com. 2012-05-06. 
  11. ^ "CACC Past Champions". caccathletics.org. 
  12. ^ "Campus Life". post.edu. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°32′07″N 73°04′46″W / 41.5352°N 73.0795°W / 41.5352; -73.0795