Realizing the importance of quality education in a distinctly Christian environment, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was opened its doors in 1968 to serve eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio – the East Central Educational Region. The University has grown from its pioneer days of less than 200 students and approximately 200 acres to more than 2,600 students and 406 acres in 2010.
In my opinion, a Christian liberal arts college provides a superior educational context in which to transform lives. Such education not only prepares students with qualities sought in the work place, such as ethics, integrity, the ability to think critically and analytically and to communicate effectively, but it prepares students for a greater calling – life itself. In short, we believe Mount Vernon Nazarene University is – life changing.
MVNU faculty and staff are resolutely committed to the ideal set forth in the University motto "To seek to learn is to seek to serve." Responding to the challenges of contemporary society, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s primary function is not to grant degrees; it is to prepare citizens for a lifestyle of service. The ethic of service must be reinforced by knowledge gained through liberal arts and professional education, and guided by the highest Christian values.
Likewise, the driving force for the campus community is our vision:
To Change the World
with the Love of Christ.
My prayer is that Mount Vernon Nazarene University alumni around the world will distinguish themselves as leaders who give themselves to help others – Christ-like leaders who make a difference in the twenty-first century. To this end, I am committed.
Daniel J. Martin