February 6, 2008

1503 Church News--Weimar

Weimar College Program to Close After 30 Years
Medical ministry continues; board cites enrollment decline
capWeimar College, a 30-year-old educational institution serving Seventh-day Adventists, will end its college program June 30, the Weimar Institute of Health & Education board of directors announced. The school is located in northern California on the grounds of what was once a state sanitarium.

The move comes after years of declining enrollment in the college program. Weimar College offered four-year degrees in religion, health, education, English and liberal studies, as well as certification programs in vegetarian culinary arts and therapeutic massage and hydrotherapy. Though not a Seventh-day Adventist Church entity, the college is certified by the state of California and affiliated with Griggs University.

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“We are not abandoning our goals for the educational aspect of our program. We are going to keep that an essential part of our mission. We have to get down to bedrock and develop a solid financial foundation. We must rebuild from the ground up,” says Bob Hancock, acting chief operating officer and board chairman, in a statement released by the organization.

The successful NEWSTART® program will continue as the Institute builds on its strengths. The eight-step, 18-day health recovery program helps prevent and reverse disease and is known nationally and globally.

Weimar Institute of Health & Education opened its doors in 1978 with a mission to serve the needs of others in health improvement and quality education. The academic curriculum of the College includes practical training and experience. The College grew steadily until the early 90s, training hundreds of young adults for active ministry. The school said recent years have seen a steadily decreasing enrollment due to changing economics and student goals.

“The board recognizes the challenges facing Weimar Institute and the need to take decisive, concerted action. There remains potential at Weimar for future training programs in various healing arts, foreign missions and evangelism,” says Michael Orlich, M.D., acting Academic Dean.

The board also voted to form a taskforce of business, finance and strategic planning experts to advise it in developing a sound, long-range plan that is consistent with its unique mission and philosophy, the statement indicated.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                 -- AR Staff