Arizona Christian University Moving to Former Thunderbird Campus

Article originally posted on AZ Central on November 14, 2018

Central Glendale’s old Thunderbird School of Global Management campus next year will get a new tenant, Arizona Christian University.

The private university made the announcement Wednesday morning.

The Thunderbird school, which became a part of Arizona State University in 2014, moved to downtown Phoenix this year, leaving behind a 140-acre campus in the middle of Glendale.

Arizona Christian cut a land deal with ASU — it gave ASU its current campus on Cactus Road near 24th Street in exchange for a portion of the Thunderbird campus on 59th Avenue and Greenway Road.

Arizona Christian had been evaluating options for a new campus that would offer improved academic and sports facilities and more space for classrooms and on-campus housing, Arizona Christian said in a written statement.

“When ASU moved the Thunderbird campus downtown, a great opportunity was presented,” the statement said.

Arizona Christian was founded in 1960 as Southwestern Conservative Bible College, but changed its name in 2011 to reflect its evolution from a small Bible college to a Christian liberal arts university.  Len Munsil, who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006, is president of Arizona Christian.

The university is “looking forward to bringing this campus back to life” in the 2019-2020 school year, according to a university statement.