Houston Baptist University has changed its name to Houston Christian University, effective September 21, 2022. The school will continue to use the current colors – orange and blue – as well as the Husky nickname. The university released the following statement regarding the name change:
After several years of research and the Board of Trustees’ prayerful review, the University desires to adopt a name that welcomes the many students enrolled who come from many different denominations of the Christian faith as well as those who claim no faith.
As of September 21, 2022, Houston Baptist University will become Houston Christian University.
Houston Christian University more accurately epitomizes our student body and reflects the faculty, staff, alumni, and community we serve.
The University’s Foundational documents clearly reveal that our convictions as an institution of higher learning have not and will not change. Our unwavering brand of traditional Christian higher education, rooted in a biblical worldview, is ever more critical in a fractured society in need of Gospel restoration. We are committed to being a distinctly Christian university and desire to welcome all Christians to benefit from our excellent academic programs.
Houston Christian University will not conform to this world and will continue to boldly glorify God by molding the next generation of educated disciples to think critically and act biblically long after they graduate.
Houston Christian was founded in 1960 as Houston Baptist College before changing its name to Houston Baptist University in 1973. The Huskies have been a Division 1 member since 2007 when they moved up from the NAIA ranks. Houston Christian joined the Southland Conference in 2013.
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