Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy today joined officials from the City of Mesa, Ariz., and academic partner Westminster College in dedicating the Mesa Center for Higher Education. The 53,000-square-foot building offers students a newly designed, high-tech learning environment. The first phase of development included renovation to the first floor and basement, which houses classrooms, labs, offices, conference rooms, study and gathering space. A dedication ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Arizona time. Wilkes will begin offering class in the center this fall.
In July 2012, Wilkes announced it would become one of four colleges participating in the H.E.A.T. (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Technology/Tourism) Initiative for Economic Development in Mesa, designed to increase college competition and spur economic growth. This fall, the University welcomes its first full Arizona cohort for its master of business administration program. Future degree offerings will include education, engineering and creative writing. Wilkes was selected as a finalist for the program after institutions across the United States were invited to submit proposals by the City of Mesa.
Arizona residents interested in earning their master of business administration degree can do so with Wilkes University and apply for an inaugural MBA scholarship that will reduce total tuition for the degree by as much as $15,000 for qualifying students. Wilkes will offer the scholarships to MBA students who enroll in fall 2013. Scholarships are based on undergraduate grade-point average (GPA). Professional experience will also be considered.
About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Its main campus is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Recently named one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees; more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing; and 37 undergraduate degrees.