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MidAmerica Nazarene University
Main Campus

2030 East College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899

Santa Fe Commons Site
13563 South Mur-Len Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062-1899

Santa Fe Commons Site
13563 South Mur-Len Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062-1899

Office Hours
Most University offices are open from Mon. – Fri. 8:00am – 5:00pm

Our History & Campus

MidAmerica Nazarene University has a rich heritage built upon the strong faith and pioneer spirit of our founders. Thanks to God’s gracious guidance and the contributions of committed faculty, staff, students, parents, churches and donors, MNU has grown from its five original buildings and 263 students to become a beautiful, thriving campus with 21 buildings, an enrollment of 1,870 students, and more than 20,000 alumni. After 50 years of growth and change, MNU continues to impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.

timeline

1966
MidAmerica Nazarene College Founded
1968
MidAmerica Nazarene College opened its doors to students with an enrollment of 263 students. The first president was R. Curtis Smith.
January 1969
The state of Kansas accredits the University with four-year institution.
May 15
1972
The “Pioneer Class” graduates with a total of ninety-one students.
May 15
July 18
1985
Dr. Donald D. Owens elected as the second president.
July 18
September 19
1989
Dr. Richard L. Spindle elected as the third president.
September 19
March 8
1997
Name changed to MidAmerica Nazarene University.
March 8
March 5
2005
Dr. Edwin H. Robinson elected as the fourth president.
March 5
August
2007
Bell Cultural Events Center opens.
August
July
2011
Dr. James H. Diehl elected as interim president.
July
January 17
2012
Dr. David J. Spittal elected as the fifth president.
January 17
February 23
2014
Mascot Pioneer Pete makes his debut on campus.
February 23
July
2017
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of MNU
July

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