John Brown University Opens New Center in Rogers

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 26, 2007) — The John Brown University Rogers Center is the newest location to offer JBU’s graduate programs and Advance Program for adult degree completion. The ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the new facility was held on Friday, Oct. 26, at 2:30 p.m. The new JBU Rogers Center is located just off of the interstate in the Peaks development about 40 minutes from JBU’s main campus in Siloam Springs. The 15,000 sq. foot building has ten classrooms and five offices, an improvement from its previous 7,500 sq. foot facility that was located in Springdale. The center was moved from Springdale to the location in Rogers in an effort to improve facilities, expand classroom space, and better serve Northwest Arkansas students. “We relocated our graduate and professional studies center from Springdale to Rogers because our research showed that the majority of our students work or live in northern Benton County and southern MacDonald County” said Dr. Richard Ellis, dean of graduate and professional studies. “We felt that with that trend expected to continue it was important to move to a location that would better serve our students and Northwest Arkansas.” The Rogers Center opened for classes on Monday, Sept. 24 to more than 300 students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. JBU has been serving adult students who desire to complete a bachelor’s degree since 1993. This tremendous service to Northwest Arkansas has allowed working men and women to improve their professional opportunities while continuing to work full-time. “We are pleased to have been able to increase our resources and accessibility for helping working adults in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri who recognize the necessity of a college education in meeting their career goals” said John Hill, regional director of the Advance Program. The JBU Rogers center offers the following master’s degree programs: Business Administration, Counseling, Leadership and Ethics and Ministry. The Advance Program for adult degree completion offers degrees in Organizational Management, Business Information Systems and Early Childhood Education at the Rogers center. "Since its founding, JBU has been committed to students who both study and work. The JBU Rogers Center continues that commitment by providing convenient, first-rate classroom facilities to our adult students who live, work, and study in Northwest Arkansas" said Dr. Charles Pollard, president of JBU. "We are pleased that this facility will enable us to enhance the excellent education offered to our friends and neighbors in the region." Throughout the year, JBU will offer more than 70 different courses in graduate and professional studies at the new center. The JBU Rogers Center is the largest of the JBU centers and offers the largest number of degree programs. JBU also has centers in Little Rock and Fort Smith, and offers classes at the Sam M. Walton Development Complex in Bentonville, North Arkansas College in Harrison, National Park Community College in Hot Springs, and at SouthArk Community College in El Dorado. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.