JACKSON, Tenn. – May 31, 2012 – Union University Hendersonville faculty and staff have moved into the university’s new building on Indian Lake Boulevard, and classes in the facility will begin this weekend.
“We are thrilled and ever so thankful with the new opportunities that will become available for Union University through the beautiful new facility in Hendersonville,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “Union will now have a visible and permanent presence, which will enhance and expand our ability to serve Hendersonville, Sumner County and Middle Tennessee in the days ahead.”
The 24,000-square-foot facility includes classrooms, office space and a commons area on the first floor, with the second floor devoted largely to nursing simulators and equipment. Classrooms in the entire building are equipped with the latest technology.
The facility is the first permanent university presence in Hendersonville and Sumner County. Union benefactor and Union Foundation board member Jim Ayers, of Nashville, Tenn., developed the project for the university through his affiliate Ayers Asset Management.
Most of the Union University Hendersonville employees, housed at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville since the campus opened in 2008, moved into the building on May 29.
“The new building will allow us to really continue to formulate our identity in Middle Tennessee,” said Kevin Shrum, director of the Christian studies program at Union University Hendersonville. “First Baptist Church has been very gracious, but it’s really going to be a plus to have our own facility where we can continue to build our own identity as a top-tier educational institution in Middle Tennessee.”
Union University Hendersonville currently offers graduate degrees in education and theology and missions, as well an undergraduate program for adult learners. A formal dedication for the new building will be held Aug. 2.