Shenandoah University was founded by private interests at Dayton, Virginia, in 1875. The first charter was granted in 1884. At that time the school had ties to the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, which in 1946 joined with the Evangelical Church to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
Originally known as Shenandoah Seminary and concentrating on secondary education, the school later added post-secondary courses and changed its name to Shenandoah Collegiate Institute and School of Music. In 1924, the name was changed to Shenandoah College, with the provision that the music department be known as the Conservatory of Music at Shenandoah College. In 1937, the Conservatory received state approval to grant baccalaureate degrees. In 1960, Shenandoah was moved from Dayton to a new campus in Winchester, Virginia.
Two significant events occurred in 1974. First, junior-college status was dropped, and the college became a four-year degree-granting school. Second, the two separate institutions (Shenandoah College, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music) were merged under one charter as Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music.
In 1991, the name of the institution was changed to Shenandoah University. In 1994, the Board of Trustees gave approval to begin development of the first doctoral degrees, in Pharmacy and in Music.
Shenandoah is incorporated as a non-profit institution, with the corporation electing the Board of Trustees, which is the ruling body.
(Approved by the Board of Trustees October, 2003; structural revision approved by Board of Trustees Oct. 2007)
Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world.
- Development of an enduring passion for learning
- Commitment to self-reflection and personal development
- Respect for diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives
- Celebration of creative performance, expression, teaching, and discovery
- Cultivation of leadership to advance positive change and growth
- Dedication to citizenship, professional services, and global outreach
Shenandoah University distinguishes itself by providing opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills in a collaborative, personalized environment that intertwines professional and liberal learning. A Shenandoah education incorporates scholarship, experiential learning and sophisticated technologies, as well as practical wisdom. As an institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Shenandoah University practices the highest ethical standards in its interactions with the community and with students of all faiths. Within a community of scholars, Shenandoah promotes the welfare of the whole person by fostering a nurturing environment in which students learn, grow, and flourish.
The mission of the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy is to engage in scholarly activity, service, and deliver a highly integrated, learner-centered curriculum and progressive instructional technology to educate and train students and pharmacists to become ethical and compassionate healthcare professionals who serve their patients, community, and profession of pharmacy.
The College of Arts & Sciences supports the university’s mission to prepare individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world. In order to accomplish this mission, the college has adopted the following learning objectives: knowledge, critical thinking, information literacy, communication skills, and technology.
The mission of the School of Education and Human Development is to educate current and aspiring professionals for success in their chosen vocation; integrate theory, research and practice; promote academic rigor; and nurture reflection, a caring approach to the professions, and collaboration across and within the communities served by the university.
The mission of the School of Nursing (SON) is to educate life-long learners who provide holistic care and promote wellness, inspired by global health ideals.
The mission of the Byrd School is to educate its students to become successful, principled leaders with a global perspective. Students in the Byrd School will graduate with confidence in their ability to solve problems, be effective communicators and work successfully as individuals and team members.
In a supportive environment, the School of Health Professions (SHP) educates and inspires developing professionals to enhance the health of individuals and communities within an evolving healthcare landscape. SHP graduates:
- Provide compassionate, evidence based health care
- Advocate for the health of patients and communities
- Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and individual differences
- Embrace interprofessional collaboration
- Provide service both domestically and globally
- Seek leadership opportunities within their profession and communities
1.3.6 Shenandoah Conservatory
As a community uniquely committed to rigor, nurture and innovation, Shenandoah Conservatory inspires artistic and scholarly excellence, preparing talented students for successful careers in the arts.