Peoria, AZ — This week, Huntington University finalized an eight-year lease for a new campus in Peoria, Ariz. The former Dolce Salon and Spa building in the P83 district will be the new site of Huntington’s digital arts degree programs. The university expects to hold classes in the new location for the 2016-2017 school year.
“Huntington University is very excited not only to find a permanent location for our new site, but also one that fits our digital media arts degree programs so well,” said Huntington’s Director of Arizona Operations, Jeff Berggren. “Not only does the building look like a facility that houses a creative educational community, it has fantastic visibility from both the 101 and 83rd Avenue.”
The city worked to attract higher education partners as part of its Economic Development Implementation Strategy, a plan established to focus the long-term economic development efforts for Peoria by targeting certain industries the city is primed to suport.
“We are very happy to have Huntington University part of our community,” said City Manager Carl Swenson. “Peoria is always improving our economic positioning for workforce development and Huntington University, along with Trine Univeristy, play an enormous role in the attraction of targeted industries as a key objective in diversifying the city’s economic base and work force.”
Both the city and the university recognize that there are still very important steps to be taken prior to any classes starting. A key element will be approval for licensure by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education. The recent Huntington site selection in Peoria has allowed the university to submit their official application for licensure and they hope their request will be heard at the board’s upcoming meeting at the end of February.