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DELHI TOWNSHIP -- College of Mount St. Joseph is changing its name to Mount St. Joseph University in a bid to bolster its reputation as it expands its graduate and doctoral programs as well as its online offerings.

The change will be effective in July 2014, with a marketing campaign complete with a new logo rolling before and during the 2014-15 academic year.

“The cornerstone upon which the Mount has been built will remain the same,” said Ken Stecher, chair of the board of trustees. “As it has for the past 93 years, the Mount will remain a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity and with that, will continue its mission of providing a high quality liberal arts education with professional programs distinguished by personal attention, small classes and a close community.

The move coincides with the Mount’s Vision 2020 initiative, which is designed to ensure the university is recognized as a top value in a crowded college marketplace. The plan strives for excellent, relevant academics, an engaging student experience and students recognized as career ready.

The board decided that the occasion called for a named change as a symbol of the institution’s evolution.

“Vision2020 gives us a focus and measurable goals,” Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz said. “The goals are significant milestones in our efforts to become more competitive as we look to enhance students’ opportunities to learn and grow by adding and expanding academic programs, attracting top faculty and reaching out to serve a more diverse student population.”

Joan Cook, president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, offered prayers for the success of the new venture.

“While continuing the tradition of excellence in education," she said. "In the name of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, I congratulate the Mount as it becomes Mount St. Joseph University."

Mount St. Joseph instituted this fall its revised core curriculum with a focus on serving the Common Good.

“This innovative theme-based curriculum offers a variety of service, work and experiential learning opportunities including the launch of the Talent Opportunity Program (TOP), the first-of-its-kind enhanced career services plan,” officials said in a release.

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