Organization:Union College (Nebraska)

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Union College
Seal of Union College (NE).jpg
MottoErunt Omnes Docibiles Dei (Latin)
Motto in English
They shall be taught of God
(from John 6:45)[1]
TypePrivate college
Established1891 (1891)
Religious affiliation
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Academic affiliations
PresidentVinita Sauder
Academic staff
58 (full-time)
73 (Part-time)[3]
Students<500 (2022)[3]
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Union College is a private Seventh-day Adventist college in Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded in 1891, it is owned and operated by the Mid-America Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) and the Higher Learning Commission.[4] The college is home to the Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[5][6][7][8]


L. A. Hoopes and a committee of church leaders, including influential Adventist scholar and administrator W. W. Prescott, came to Lincoln, Nebraska in search of land to establish a college in the Mid-West. In September 1891,[9] Union College opened its doors to students with Prescott serving as its first president. The present-day community of College View grew around the college campus. During the 1920s, the college experienced a difficult period due to the shrinking enrollment and budget deficits.[10] In 1939, former Mayor of Lincoln Don Lathrop Love donated money for the college to build an industrial building and established a life annuity with the college a year later. The 1970s saw major expansion of the college, including the construction of the iconic 100-foot clock tower, Everett Dick Administration Building, the college's lab school George Stone School and College View Church.[11] Founded on barren landscape, the college is the location of the Joshua C. Turner Arboretum, a site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, hosting over 100 species of plants.[12][13]

The college previously owned the radio station KUCV from its 1974 sign-on until 1989, now the flagship station of NET Radio; the call-sign letters are named after the college.

In athletics, Union College plays as the Warriors and fields a limited number of sports, but is not a member of a major college sports associatation, such as the NCAA or NAIA, or smaller Christian athletic associations, existing as an independent school. As such, their teams tend to play against bible colleges, community colleges, and JV teams. The college also host two tournaments each year (one for basketball and one for volleyball) for Seventh-day Adventist high school teams.


Union College's presidents have included:[14]

  • W. W. Prescott (1891–1893)
  • J. W. Loughhead (1893–1896)
  • E. B. Miller (1896–1897)
  • N. W. Kauble (1897–1898)
  • W. T. Bland (1898–1901)
  • L. A. Hoopes (1901–1904)
  • C. C. Lewis (1904–1910)
  • Frederick Griggs (1910–1914)
  • H. A. Morrison (1914–1922)
  • O. M. John (1922–1924)
  • W. W. Prescott (1924–1925)
  • Leo Thiel (1925–1928)
  • P. L. Thompson (1928–1931)
  • M. L. Andreasen (1931–1938)
  • A. H. Rulkoetter (1938–1942)
  • E. E. Cossentine (1942–1946)
  • R. W. Woods (1946–1950)
  • H. C. Hartman (1950–1957)
  • D. J. Bieber (1957–1964)
  • R. W. Fowler (1964–1970)
  • R. H. Brown (1970–1973)
  • M. O. Manley (1973–1980)
  • Dean L. Hubbard (1980–1984)
  • Benjamin R. Wygal (1985–1985)
  • John Wagner (1986–1991)
  • John Kerbs (1991–1998)
  • David C. Smith (1998–2011)
  • John Wagner (2011–2014)
  • Vinita Sauder (2014–present)


The college is organized into eight divisions:

  • Business and Computer Science
  • Emergency Management and Exercise Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Human Development
  • Humanities
  • Nursing
  • Religion
  • Science & Math

In addition, the college offers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.[15]

Notable people


  • Wayne Hooper, gospel music composer
  • T. R. M. Howard
  • Rukebai K. Inabo, Senator of Palau
  • Milton E. Kern, educator
  • Sandra Pierantozzi, former Vice President of Palau
  • Chester Wickwire, chaplain, civil rights and peace activist


  • Jonathan M. Butler, historian
  • Frank Lewis Marsh, biologist, educator
  • John G. Matteson, minister who brought the Seventh-day Adventist Church to Denmark[16]
  • C. Mervyn Maxwell, professor of church history and noted figure in the Historic Adventism movement[17] and author of Tell It to the World
  • Mike Mennard, recording artist, current literature and communications lecturer

See also

  • List of Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities
  • Seventh-day Adventist education
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Seventh-day Adventist theology
  • History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church


  1. About Us | Mission/Vision
  2. NAICU – Member Directory
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Admissions | Learn About Union". 
  4. Accreditation
  5."the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  6. "Seventh-day Adventists - Christian Denomination | Religion Facts". 
  7. "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". 
  8. Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. 
  9. Hellman, Paul T. (2006). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 672. ISBN 9781135948597. 
  10. Valentine, Gilbert M. (2005). W.W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism's Second Generation. Review and Herald. ISBN 9780828018920. 
  11. "Buildings and Landmarks". 
  12. Union's History in Lincoln
  13. Gustafson, Bill (1987). Nebraska's Future Forest: Conference Papers of the 10th Annual Trees for Nebraska Conference, March 12-14, 1987, Lincoln, Nebraska. pp. 49–51. 
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  15. Physician Assistant Studies
  16. Land, Gary (2005). Historical Dictionary of Seventh-Day Adventists. Scarecrow Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780810853454. 
  17. The Sabbath in Scripture and History. Review and Herald. 1982. p. 12. ISBN 9780828020947. 

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