Butler, CTS Complete Land Sale

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Butler says it will move its College of Education into the main CTS building next year. Butler says it will move its College of Education into the main CTS building next year.

Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has completed the sale of 40 acres of buildings and land to Butler University. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, however Butler says it will move its College of Education into the main CTS building in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The schools say CTS will continue to reside on campus in part of the main building, counseling center, and apartments through a long-term lease. The agreement also says both schools will share the cost of services such as grounds maintenance, which will be provided by Butler.

"Put simply, this is a bold move that enables CTS to be a good steward of our physical and financial resources for the benefit of preparing transformative leaders for the church and community," said Bill Kincaid, interim president of CTS. "This agreement represents an opportunity to ensure the mission of CTS will continue for many generations to come."

Butler says it will begin renovations to the main building on the CTS campus after the beginning of the year, which will revolve around classrooms and faculty offices along with technology and accessibility improvements. Work will also be done on the library, which will include a 5,000-square-foot Teaching and Learning Lab and will be shared by both schools.

"This space is absolutely perfect," said Ena Shelley, dean of the Butler College of Education. "It will give our whole University the chance to rethink and reimagine teaching and learning across the entire campus, not just COE. This is a game changer when it comes to innovation, teaching, and learning. Typically, teaching and learning happen in isolation. This space, because of the way it is structured, will make teaching and learning very visible so we can all learn and grow."

Butler and CTS were originally founded as a single institution, known as North Western Christian University, in 1855. The entities separated in 1958 when Butler's religion department split from the university and formed what later became known as CTS.

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