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Student Center to be Named for Cunninghams

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Accent Winter 2017 Magazine


The Cunningham Student Center, part of the plan for capital improvements in the Bright Futures campaign, will be named after two of the most loyal and enthusiastic supporters of the university. After all, if not for the vision of Dr. Paul Cunningham and the prayerful support of Dr. Connie Cunningham, MNU might never have been located in Olathe, Kansas.

Paul Cunningham was a young minister in his first pastorate in the small Olathe Church of the Nazarene in 1964 when the denomination voted to start a new college. Convinced that his city of 15,000 held the best potential location, Cunningham approached bank president and civic leader R.R. Osborne with the idea.

An enthusiastic leader with tremendous vision for what Olathe could become, Osborne jumped on board and brought together a group of business leaders who donated 40 acres of land in addition to his own 40-acre donation. The location became MidAmerica Nazarene College and opened its doors in 1968.

“Throughout its history, the Cunninghams have welcomed, pastored and befriended students from all over the world as the university and the church that became College Church of the Nazarene grew,” says Dr. David Spittal, MNU president. “It is safe to say that MNU would not be in Olathe today, if not for the vision and enthusiastic support of Drs. Paul and Connie Cunningham.”


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