I’m pleased to announce that today, we signed a definitive agreement to acquire and integrate Woodbury University into the University of Redlands!
The integration of Woodbury, its student body, and their accredited programs will immediately allow us to dramatically expand the educational opportunities and pursuits we can offer to current and prospective students.
This is an exciting and important opportunity to combine two historic southern California universities into a strong, forward-looking organization with a broad range of programs that are sought after by students seeking a unique educational experience. It’s also critical for the future of both institutions. Recent trends are challenging public and private universities across the country. Universities must evolve to survive.
Together – with some initial changes that we’ve already identified – we’ll be stronger financially, more attractive to prospective students, and better prepared for the future. We don’t have all the answers right now, but we’re working through the process and are being careful to ensure that we’re set up for the future without causing too much disruption. Our goal is to ensure stability and opportunity as an outcome.
An integration like this is a highly complex endeavor, particularly given the many different elements that need to be considered. During these times, rumors and speculation tend to proliferate. That’s why we’ve committed to transparency and collaboration as we move forward. It’s key not only to our near-term success, but also for our long-term success together.
In the meantime, we’re lining up a handful of opportunities for you to learn more about this exciting opportunity, starting with a “Drop In” Zoom Open House tomorrow (details below), where the Cabinet and I will be available to answer any questions that you might have. We’ll also have a university-wide town hall next Wednesday, January 17, in Orton Center. Look for further details about the town hall in your email.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let me know. We look forward to speaking with you and are excited for what the future holds!
Krista L. Newkirk