Seventy-five years after being founded, Caldwell College will be known as Caldwell University.
The Secretary of Higher Education in the State of New Jersey approved Caldwell College's petition to change its official name to Caldwell University on Monday.
Caldwell College President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D., said Monday's good news was the culmination of nearly two-years of work and is the "fulfillment of a vision that many on the campus have shared for the past few years."
"Our new name signals the academic excellence for which Caldwell has become recognized," Blattner added.
Caldwell will continue to operate as a college until the end of the academic year that ends on June 30, 2014. The college will officially operate as a university starting July 1, 2014.
The public announcement from the Office of Higher Education is expected to occur in January to coincide with the college's 75th anniversary.
Marilyn Bastardi, president of the college’s board of trustees, was thrilled with the announcement.
“This is a proud moment for all of us who know and love Caldwell," Bastardi said. "This designation supports the tremendous growth we have seen over the last several years under Dr. Blattner’s leadership.”
The news gave students a high note on which to end their fall semester.
“The shift to university status will give Caldwell College the recognition it deserves,” said David Reeth, a senior and president of the Student Government Association.
“It’s really exciting that Caldwell is becoming a university and that I get to be a part of it,” said freshman student Sean Puzzo.
Becoming a university was part of President Blattner’s vision from the moment she arrived at Caldwell in 2009.
The university designation will better reflect what Caldwell has become with its doctoral program in applied behavior analysis, its strong master’s programs in multiple disciplines and its growth and diversity, according to the school.
"There are many benefits to becoming a university including increased opportunities for fundraising, greater ability to recruit and retain faculty and more leverage in recruiting students," said Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Joseph Posillico.
"The designation of ‘university’ will more accurately describe the breadth and depth of Caldwell to the public and in particular to international students.”