Union College (Nebraska)

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Union College
Seal of Union College (NE).jpg
Motto Erunt Omnes Docibi Les Dei (Latin)
Motto in English
They shall be taught of God
(from John 6:45)[1]
Established 1891 (1891)
Type Private
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
President Vinita Sauder
Academic staff
58 (Full-time)
73 (Part-time)[2]
Students 911 (2013-14)[2]
Location Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Campus Suburban
Newspaper Clocktower[3]
Colors Red      and Black     
Sports men and women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's golf, team gymnastics
Nickname Warriors
Affiliations NAICU[4]
Website www.ucollege.edu

Union College is a private Seventh-day Adventist four-year coeducational college located in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Founded in 1891, it is owned and operated by the Mid-American Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[5] The college is home to the Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture.


L. A. Hoopes and a committee of church leaders, including influential Adventist scholar and administrator W. W. Prescott, came to Lincoln, Nebraska in search of land to establish a college in the Mid-West. In September 1891,[6] Union College opened its doors to students with Prescott serving as its first president. The present-day community of College View grew around the college campus. During the 1920s, the college experienced a difficult period due to the shrinking enrollment and budget deficits.[7] In 1939, former Mayor of Lincoln Don Lathrop Love donated money for the college to build an industrial building and established a life annuity with the college a year later. The 1970s saw major expansion of the college, including the construction of the iconic 100-foot clock tower, Everett Dick Administration Building, the college's lab school George Stone School and College View Church.[8] Originally founded on barren landscape, the college is the location of the Joshua C. Turner Arboretum, a site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, hosting over 100 species of plants.[9][10] The college previously owned the radio station KUCV.


The college is organized into eight divisions:

In addition, the college offers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.[11]


This is a list of Union College's presidents.[12]

This list is complete and up-to-date as of August 2014.
  • W. W. Prescott (1891–1893)
  • J. W. Loughhead (1893–1896)
  • E. B. Miller (1896–1897)
  • N. W. Kauble (1897–1898)
  • W. T. Bland (1898–1901)
  • L. A. Hoopes (1901–1904)
  • C. C. Lewis (1904–1910)
  • Frederick Griggs (1910–1914)
  • H. A. Morrison (1914–1922)
  • O. M. John (1922–1924)
  • W. W. Prescott (1924–1925)
  • Leo Thiel (1925–1928)
  • P. L. Thompson (1928–1931)
  • M. L. Andreasen (1931–1938)
  • A. H. Rulkoetter (1938–1942)
  • E. E. Cossentine (1942–1946)
  • R. W. Woods (1946–1950)
  • H. C. Hartman (1950–1957)
  • D. J. Bieber (1957–1964)
  • R. W. Fowler (1964–1970)
  • R. H. Brown (1970–1973)
  • M. O. Manley (1973–1980)
  • Dean L. Hubbard (1980–1984)
  • Benjamin R. Wygal (1985–1985)
  • John Wagner (1986–1991)
  • John Kerbs (1991–1998)
  • David C. Smith (1998–2011)
  • John Wagner (2011–2014)
  • Vinita Sauder (2014–present)

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