The following comes from a January 23 Fresno Bee article by Lewis Griswold:
Marymount California University in Southern California will soon begin a feasibility study of Visalia for offering bachelor’s degree programs, which local boosters say could evolve into the first traditional four-year college in city history.
Marymount California University – not to be confused with Loyola Marymount University – is a private, Catholic, nonprofit college based in Rancho Palos Verdes. It has two campuses in Los Angeles County and one in Lake County.
The $25,000 study is expected to begin this week and be completed by late spring, said Robert Aguilar of Visalia, a retired Delano schools superintendent who is spearheading local efforts to help Marymount.
“I’ve always felt Visalia is the appropriate place to have a university,” he said. “It’s a beautiful community, the lifestyle is outstanding. You have Fresno and Bakersfield, they have a university, why not Visalia?”
To fund the feasibility study, Aguilar raised more than $25,000 from local supporters, with donations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The city donated $5,000.
Getting a four-year college has long been a goal in the city, whose population is now more than 130,000, said Council Member Greg Collins.
I herewith submit my application for the position of Campus Pedantic Poobah Extraordinaire – With Tenure and a position of distinction at the front of the Trough.
All one need do is read my posts here and the obvious becomes apparent, so the application should be met with similar rejoicing amongst the enlightened; or as with the case of the ’emperor’s new clothes’ – those who would like to be seen as relatively enlightened, sort of, only different.
Besides – I give great Commencement Speeches, in the opinion of the truly enlightened of course.
Hopefully the new university, if it happens, won’t go the way of so many so-called “Catholic” universities that are bearing bad fruits across the nation.
Speaking of ‘going the way’ – here is the latest job opening from small ‘c’ Santa Clara for its MISANDRY Machine:
“Endowed Chair in Catholic Feminist Theology- Religious Studies
Santa Clara University – Center: Religious Studies
Specialty or Subdiscipline: Catholic Feminist Theology
The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University invites applications for a full-time endowed chair in Catholic Feminist Theology (areas of specialization include feminist systematic theology, fundamental theology ecofeminism,
postcolonial feminist theologies,
and feminist ethics).