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Colleges in Alaska that have closed, merged, or changed their names

College Name: Alaska Methodist University
City: Anchorage
State: Alaska
Start Date: 1957
End Date:  
Affiliation: Methodist
Other Information: renamed Alaska Pacific University after 1978
College Name: Far North Bible College
City: Anchorage
State: Alaska
Start Date: 1973
End Date: 2008
Affiliation: Assemblies of God
Other Information: for transcripts The Alaska District, 1048 West International Airport Road, Suite 101, Anchorage AK 99518-1005, (907) 562-2247
Source: "Seminaries fall on bad time," USA Today, March 18, 2009, p. 6D.
College Name: Sheldon Jackson College
City: Sitka
State: Alaska
Start Date: 1878
End Date: 2007
Affiliation: Presbyterian
Other Information: started by Presbyterian missionaries John G. Brady (later Governor of Alaska) and Fannie Kellogg on upper floor of an old military barracks as a training school for Tlingit Indians; in 1882, the building burned to the ground; another Presbyterian missionary, Dr. Sheldon Jackson, initiated a nationwide fund-raising campaign, and later that year a new building was constructed; Dr. Jackson was later named Alaska's first General Superintendent for Education; by 1884, the school was known as the Sitka Industrial and Training School; in 1910, the year of Dr. Jackson's death, the school was renamed Sheldon Jackson School and in 1917, a new boarding high school was added; the college program was organized in 1944 as an extension of the high school curriculum; and in 1966, the year before the high school closed, Sheldon Jackson was accredited; in 1972, the Presbyterian Church relinquished its direct authority for the operation of the college, ending 93 years of ownership by the Board of National Missions of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The college maintained a covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and with the Alaska/Northwest Synod