EUGENE — Northwest Christian University here will change its name to Bushnell University on July 1, honoring James Bushnell, one of the founders of the 125-year-old school.
“It is James Bushnell’s lasting legacy of deep faith, innovative spirit, grit, and commitment to service that represents the NCU of today and will guide the vision of the university in the future,” said President Joseph Womack.
The new name is the sixth in the school’s long history. After 13 years as Eugene Divinity School, in 1908 it became Eugene Bible University, then in 1930, Eugene Bible College (not to be confused with another Eugene Bible College that is now New Hope Christian College). In 1934 it became Northwest Christian College, then in 2008 began 12 years as Northwest Christian University.
The university’s mission, vision, commitment to Christ-centered higher education, traditions, school colors and athletic team name (Beacons) remain, Womack emphasized.