- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) - Midway College President John P. Marsden says the private liberal arts institution is expanding its mission and changing its name.

Marsden told the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1DUYp1S) on Tuesday that the school will be renamed Midway University as of July 1 to reflect its changing mission.

He says Midway’s mission now includes global education “because we intended to branch out and start looking at other countries” from which to draw students and to develop partnerships.

“When you use the term ‘college’ abroad, it’s often used with prep schools or high schools or sometimes community colleges,” Marsden said. “So we were finding it cumbersome in our conversations.

“When I first came here, I delivered an opening convocation in February 2013 and talked about our changing demographics, and how one of the fastest-growing segments of the college population is the Hispanic population. We have been developing relationships in particular with Panama, and we’re looking at some other countries as well.”

Along with the mission and name change, the school plans to redesign its website, refresh its logo and announce a new graduate program this summer.

Although changes are coming, Marsden said some things will remain the same.

“We still remain relatively small and keep our personalized approach,” he said. “That’s something that helps differentiate us.”

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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