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Upper Iowa University Announces New Mesa Campus

By Michelle Reese for the East Valley Tribune

The Mesa Student Services Center in Mesa Unified School District will house classes for Upper Iowa University. Photo Credit:

Upper Iowa University announced Thursday it has opened an education center in Mesa, becoming the fifth new college to join the city in the last year.

The school will start classes in October in about 3,000 square feet of rented space in the Mesa Unified School District’s Student Services Center at 1025 N. Country Club Dr., city and university officials said. The school’s administration, including the newly named center director, Barbara Murdock, will also be located there.

Upper Iowa University plans to look for a permanent location that “supports the City of Mesa’s plans for economic development and redevelopment efforts in west Mesa,” Upper Iowa University President Alan G. Walker said in a news release.

Four other higher education schools announced in the last year that they would open in downtown Mesa: Benedictine University, Westminster College, Albright College and Wilkes University.

“Upper Iowa University is another legacy institution that has decided to locate in Mesa,” Mayor Scott Smith said in the release. “We welcome them to Mesa and applaud their long-time commitment to their students and connection to the communities they serve.”

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