by Valerie Verkamp
Weeks after Grantham University celebrated its 63rd year of service, the accredited online university located inside Zona Rosa at 7200 NW 86th Street is moving its education operation from Platte County to Lenexa.
The move, which will take place in March, involves 340 employees.
This will be the second time in less than a decade the online university has sought to relocate its operation.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Grantham University left the New Orleans area and first arrived to Zona Rosa in 2005. But after serving working adults for eight years in the Northland, Grantham University says it has outgrown its current space, with parking apparently being a primary concern in its choice of a spot to relocate.
“We have been searching diligently for a space to accommodate our growing employee base in the KC metropolitan area, and Lenexa offers exactly what we need,” said Joseph McGrath, president of Grantham University in a press release dated Jan. 21.
Officials say the transition will be a seamless one, especially since a substantial portion of the learning environment offered at Grantham University is a virtual environment.
Grantham University was established by a World War II veteran, named Donald Grantham in 1951. His goal was to create a brighter future for returning veterans. Today, the university serves 17,000 working adults from around the globe. Grantham offers a wide-range of online associate, bachelor's degree, and master's degree programs.
Their new main campus will be approximately 25 miles from Zona Rosa.
Lenexa, located in Johnson County, has a population of about 48,000.
“We are pleased and excited that Grantham University has chosen Lenexa for its new facility,” said Blake Schreck, president of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce. “They set the standard for excellence with the distance learning and training they provide, especially to military service members and veterans. We are proud to have them in our community,” he added.
“Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education,” states a press release. “The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).”