New Name, Same Mission: University of Valley Forge celebrates name change

Students at the newly renamed University of Valley Forge (formerly Valley Forge Christian College) celebrate the school's first day under its new status Sept. 16, 2014, at a temporary sign set up at the campus' main entrance along Charlestown Road. Photo courtesy of the University of Valley Forge
Students at the newly renamed University of Valley Forge (formerly Valley Forge Christian College) celebrate the school's first day under its new status Sept. 16, 2014, at a temporary sign set up at the campus' main entrance along Charlestown Road. Photo courtesy of the University of Valley Forge

As of Tuesday, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug. 27, but state processes appointed the formal recognition date as Sept. 16.

President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on the name change and the future of the university.

As we walk through this transformational doorway, we acknowledge a new name, but same mission, he said. A mission to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.

The University of Valley Forge celebrated the change during chapel at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Students, faculty and staff wore new university logo apparel in support of the name change. The service shared the launch of the new university logo, website and online radio station. The first university diplomas were presented to three alumni faculty members: the first graduate of a masters program and two graduates from Eastern Bible Institute (the original name of the university in 1939).

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The celebration continued on the campus grounds with lunch and a student photo booth. In addition, a temporary University of Valley Forge sign was unveiled at the main entrance where a permanent sign will later be erected.

The university will continue to be regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Education Program of UVF is aligned to meet the requirements of the DOE. The university is endorsed by the Alliance for the Assemblies of God Higher Education, a group of 16 institutions serving approximately 3 million Assemblies of God adherents in the United States.