University changes name, but not its mission

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The former Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne took the Bible out of its name, but certainly not out of its mission.

"We're not trying to hide who we are," said Todd J. Williams, president of what became Cairn University last year. "We're trying to communicate more clearly all that we are."

All too often, even neighbors of the 100-acre campus thought that the university only prepared people for the ministry, Williams said, when less than a third of its graduates go that route, according to school statistics.

Cairn, which is celebrating its centennial this year, offers more than 50 programs, including degrees in social work, music, education, business, and liberal arts. All are taught with a biblical perspective, as the school's mission remains "to educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated and professionally competent men and women of character."

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