In the 1990s, while working on my Ph.D at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, I would drive about 90 minutes each way to Nyack, New York to teach a Wednesday evening Western Civilization course at Nyack College. I thus take this news with a twinge of nostalgia and loss:
NYACK, New York—Nov. 7, 2018—Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary announced today it has applied to the State of New York to operate solely from its campus in Lower Manhattan effective Fall 2019. When the State approves its application, all Rockland County campus academic programs of the College and Seminary will be repositioned to the Manhattan campus at 2 Washington Street.
“Nyack College is undergoing one of the most exciting changes in all of its history,” said Nyack/ATS President Mike Scales. “We have applied to the State of New York to offer all programs—academic, co-curricular, athletic, as well as operations—on our Manhattan campus. Repositioning campuses to be based in one major, urban area will reposition Nyack as a truly unique Christian college. This move will minimize rising costs and maintain high academic standards for our students.”
Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary is taking the appropriate steps for all operations to return to New York City, where it was founded in 1882, for the following four primary reasons:
- New York City positions Nyack missionally: Nyack’s mission is to prepare men and women to take the whole Gospel to the whole world. The 21st century world is globalized and urbanized, but most Christian colleges in our nation operate in small towns and suburbs. Few Christian colleges exist in the large cities of the U.S. Nyack and ATS is doing what it has always done; going where the need is.
- New York City positions Nyack relationally: Academic excellence requires partnership. Partnerships are crucial to identifying and recruiting students and to providing field-based learning experiences. Creating strategic alliances in the New York City community vastly expands opportunities for students to have internships and hands-on experiences not available anywhere else.
- New York City positions Nyack strategically: Founder A.B. Simpson envisioned taking the life-transforming, socially relevant Gospel of Jesus to the whole world. To fulfill this vision, alumni enter a broad spectrum of “worlds”—the business world, the world of the arts, the social services world, and the educational world—to name just a few. Nowhere do these worlds converge like they do in New York City.
- New York City positions Nyack economically: To continue to provide affordable and personally transforming Christian higher education to our students, Nyack must continue to reduce its operational footprint and redesign its business model. Moving back to New York City is an important part of this process.
Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary remain committed to empowering its graduates with an education that launches them into ministry, education, healing, and community-building professions around the world. A return “home” to New York City best positions the college for the future.