The Gilbert (Ariz.) Town Council has approved a development agreement for construction of Saint Xavier Universitys 87,000-square-foot satellite campus in the downtown Heritage District, according to a news release.
St. Xavier, a 168-year-old Catholic university with its main campus in Chicago, plans to offer programs in nursing, liberal arts and business in the proposed four-story building.
SXU Gilbert initially plans to offer undergraduate degree completion, adult degree completion and graduate degree programs.
The facility will give students access to state-of-the-art technology, smart classrooms, nursing labs and student lounges, as well as gathering and study space. The town plans to build a 300-car parking facility just east of the SXU Gilbert campus.
It has always been part of our economic development plan to have a faith-based university located in downtown Gilbert. We are thrilled to welcome Saint Xavier University, Chicagos oldest Catholic University, said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis in the news release. Its very important that we can offer our residents opportunities to obtain advanced degrees in a number of academic disciplines within this environment.
Possible 2015 start date
Classes could begin as early as spring 2015, pending approval by the Arizona accrediting agencies and the Higher Learning Commission, as well as endorsement by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.
As we finalize our plans for the Gilbert campus, a Senate-endorsed faculty task force will engage the academic and mission-based issues in order to continue guiding this development, said Paul DeVito, PhD, provost of Saint Xavier University, in the news release.