HU could open Arizona campus as early as spring of 2014; HU board to vote April 26

Huntington University could open its Arizona campus as early as the spring of 2014.

In October, the university entered into a 180-day exclusive negotiating agreement with the city of Peoria to discuss the possibility of a branch campus of HU in the Arizona community.

Since then, university administrators have met with city officials to determine location, programs and funding sources.

A full proposal has been issued to the city of Peoria with details for a future Peoria campus. A letter of intent was also filed with the Arizona Commission of Postsecondary Education.

The campus would feature programs such as digital media arts, exercise science, kinesiology and nursing.

Two other institutions, Trine University of Angola and St. Scholastica College of Duluth, MN, are also exploring the potential of offering programs in Peoria. All three campuses will offer different academic majors to students based on their unique strengths.

"We've been blessed for more than 115 years to serve students on our Huntington campus. It's exciting to have an opportunity to expand the reach of our mission into the growing and underserved Southwest," said Dr. Ann McPherren, senior vice president for strategy.

The HU Board of Trustees will vote on the new campus at its April 26 meeting, and the city of Peoria will vote at its May 7 council meeting.