Saint Augustine's College officially becomes Saint Augustine's University

For Immediate Release

August 1, 2012

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Saint Augustine’s College officially becomes Saint Augustine’s University

Raleigh, NC (August 1, 2012) - The name change of Saint Augustine’s College to Saint Augustine’s University is official today, August 1, 2012. From Saint Augustine’s Normal School, to Saint Augustine’s College, Saint Augustine’s University is building upon a 145-year legacy of academic excellence.

Campus signage has been updated, major construction projects are in progress and the new branding package is complete. Cosmetic updates will continue throughout the academic year. University administrators have been hard at work preparing for not only the physical change, but also the shift in mentality that is required when any significant organizational change is implemented. “It’s more than just a name change” became a mantra of faculty and staff and drilled home the declaration that Saint Augustine’s University will not be business as usual.

"The expectation is that students will return to campus and know that something is different," states President Dianne Boardley Suber. "The change is not only aesthetic, but also in mindset. Moving to the next level will require commitment from students, faculty and staff and I am confident that we will rise to the challenge. We have the right people, in the right place and this is the right time.”

Saint Augustine’s University will expand its programs for nontraditional students to include students seeking a four year degree that includes online courses and expanding off-site access to campus programs. The University has established Centers of Excellence that will serve as the anchor programs of a Saint Augustine’s University degree.

The Center for Forensic Discovery (forensic science, forensic accounting, and forensic psychology) and the Center for Applied Medical Sciences are two signature academic programs that are expected to enhance and expand students’ marketability for a global workforce. The third Center of Excellence will be the Center for Athletic Facilities and Sports Management. This center affords students a unique concentration in the operational and administration aspects in the world of professional, collegiate and leisure sports. Graduates from this center would have the competitive advantage to secure positions in the “front office.”

An additional center of excellence being considered is the Center for Athletic Scholarship and The University will move towards offering its first master's degree program as early as 2014. The Physician Assistant (PA) Master’s Degree Program will focus on training PAs for rural and other underserved communities.

About Saint Augustine’s University
Saint Augustine's University, formerly Saint Augustine’s College, established in 1867, is a four-year historically black college in Raleigh, N.C. With an average annual enrollment of 1,500, the College offers 27 undergraduate degree programs in five academic divisions. Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.