Total Enrollment increases 9% at Northern Seminary, New Students increase 34%

After graduating 51 students this Spring, Northern Seminary had another banner year in recruitment. Overall enrollment increased 9%, and new students rose 34% this year. Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Seminary said that this increase is directly attributed to the hard work of our enrollment team, our faculty, and the distance learning technology called Northern Live. “Through the hard work of Greg Armstrong and the commitment of our professors, we’ve seen God continue to bless our institution. I am so grateful for the vision of my predecessors to design this delivery system and for the students at Northern who have committed to further their theological training.”

With centers now in Lisle, Lawndale, the South Side, and Cincinnati, Northern now offers 14 different programs. This fall marked the opening of the first fully distance learning center in Cincinnati as well as the beginning of new Masters programs in Christian Community Development and Anglican Studies.

In addition to announcing the enrollment increase, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Vernon Crawley as chair of the board. Former President of Moraine Valley Community College, Vernon and his wife Betty are no strangers to higher education and the church. They are active members at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills. Vernon is the first African American to serve as chair of Northern’s board.

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