April 18, 2018
For Immediate Release
After six years in its start-up location on Range Road in Rapid City, John Witherspoon College is preparing to move to a new campus this fall. Located on Erickson Ranch Road, five minutes north of I-90, exit 52, the new campus sits on 21 acres, with a large estate home and outbuildings. Plans call for moving classes and offices this summer, while work begins on phased development, starting with an environmentally-friendly “earth home” type classroom complex. Other projects are planned as the College continues to grow. The Future Home Capital Campaign is underway in order to complete purchase of the property debt-free, and to fund the initial classroom complex.
“The move to this beautiful new campus,” said JWC President Richard Wells, “is a testimony to God’s faithfulness in the founding and growth of this institution. It will be an unspeakable blessing to students and their families, as well as to faculty, staff, and guests. But it is also a testimony to our community that Christ-centered higher education is a reality in the Black Hills; and it is a promise of Christ-centered excellence for the next generation. Thanks be to God for all that He has done.”
John Witherspoon College is the first and only institution of its kind in the region, and the first new college of any kind in South Dakota for more than 40 years. Named for the only clergyman and only college president to sign the Declaration of Independence, John Witherspoon College offers a classical curriculum designed to equip students with skills and knowledge for effective leadership in any field of vocational service. Only six years old, John Witherspoon College has achieved full accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, one of four faith-based national accrediting agencies approved by the U. S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
A native Scot, John Witherspoon came to America in 1768 to lead the struggling College of New Jersey (now Princeton). Witherspoon embraced the cause of American freedom, and led the College to become the leading center for training leaders of the new nation. The College that bears his name seeks to reclaim that educational vision.
For more information about John Witherspoon College, the new campus, or the Future Home Campaign, visit www.JWC.edu.
Contact: Dr. Richard Wells, President