The National Christian Foundation (NCF) recently announced the gifting of the historic Northfield Campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, to Thomas Aquinas College and The Moody Center. Established by noted evangelist Dwight L. Moody in the 19th Century, the property has a history of education and evangelism, which both the College and Center commit to furthering through the acceptance of this gift. “It has been an honor and a privilege to steward the transition of the Northfield Campus for the last few years,” stated Emmitt Mitchell, who led the effort for the NCF Heartland office. “From the moment I first set foot on this campus, I knew that it was a special place. We are excited to see two organizations, committed to honoring the legacy of D.L. Moody, take over this historic campus.”
“We are deeply grateful to the National Christian Foundation for this magnificent gift of the Northfield campus, and we are extremely thankful for their help in creating a $5 million matching grant fund to help Thomas Aquinas College launch its educational program in Massachusetts,” said Thomas Aquinas College President, Dr. Michael F. McLean. “We look forward to working with the town of Northfield and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With God’s help, we will provide even more young people the intellectual, moral and spiritual formation they need to serve the Church and our country well.”
At 500,000 square feet, the Northfield Campus contains 40 primary buildings, including eight dormitories, seven academic buildings and administration buildings. Together, Thomas Aquinas College and The Moody Center will take ownership of the campus on May 2, 2017. The majority of the campus will be occupied by Thomas Aquinas College, which has a more than 45-year history of educating students on its southern California campus. The gift of the Northfield property will allow them to expand their mission of Catholic liberal education at this new east coast branch. The school plans to open its doors to students in the fall of 2018.