Work to Start in August for New Tennessee Temple Campus

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Updated: 5/06 7:36 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF-TV) - Chattanooga's Tennessee Temple University will have a new home beginning in 2015.
If the planning commission approves next Tuesday, the school will leave Highland Park, and begin building a 12.5 million dollar campus in the Tyner area.
Members of Woodland Park Baptist Church last week gave the go-ahead to sharing property and a building with the university.
Construction will begin in August, and the main campus building is planned for completion next June.
President Dr. Steve Echols and vice president Dr. Byron Edens today showed WDEF News 12 the plans..which will include a separate dorm for the 400 students now enrolled.

DR. STEVE ECHOLS, PRESIDENT, TENNESSEE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

"We feel like we're positioning ourselves for the future of what really christian education ought to be. Strong on-line programs ...a good residents campus ..focused on those majors that we really consider core to our mission."

Tennessee Temple was founded in 1946.
Long associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, it's noted for training missionaries.
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