6309-Malone University Celebrate 120 Years
6309-March 16, 2012
Malone's - then the Cleveland Bible College - first graduating class, plus faculty and administration.
Malone University opened 120 years ago tomorrow with a total enrollment of six students. Founded on March 17, 1892 as the Cleveland Bible College by Friends couple J. Walter and Emma Brown Malone, the school's first classrooms were located in a rented home in Cleveland.
Inspired by young people in their community who "had the call of the Lord in their hearts," the Malones' vision was "to open a small school in which the Bible could be taught every day and supervision given in practical Christian work, such as visiting the sick, calling in homes and personal evangelism." The college initially attracted students from the surrounding area, but enrollment steadily increased. In 1957, with more young men and women arriving from neighboring states, the college relocated to Canton, and was renamed Malone College in honor of its founders. The curriculum also changed, and Malone became a Christian liberal arts university. The Christian liberal arts approach, the very essence of Malone, is widely recognized today as producing exceptional graduates, not only for today's competitive marketplace, but for all aspects of life. In 2008, Malone College became Malone University.
The University community will celebrate today with birthday cake and prizes for students, faculty, and staff throughout the lunch hour.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709