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Grand Canyon University Gets Free Mass. Campus

For-profit school established nonprofit arm to qualify, but Green family sees benefits in its model.
Grand Canyon University Gets Free Mass. Campus
Grand Canyon University Gets Free Mass. Campus

Hobby Lobby Stores founder David Green is already the world's largest evangelical giver. Now, Green is giving away something other than money: a 217-acre college campus.

Hobby Lobby announced today its plan to donate the former D.L. Moody Northfield Mount Hermon School campus in Northfield, Mass., to Grand Canyon University (GCU), a for-profit Christian liberal arts university based in Phoenix, Ariz.

Steven Green, Hobby Lobby's president, said in a phone interview that the family selected GCU because of the school's capacity to grow the campus and maintain its legacy.

"We were looking for somebody that had a Christian orthodoxy in line with what D.L. Moody himself would appreciate," Green said.

Brian Mueller, GCU president and CEO, says the campus represents a humbling opportunity for GCU, which hopes to open the campus for student enrollment beginning in fall 2014. Although the school will need to invest significantly in order to bring the campus buildings ...

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