Northland International University
Northland International University, formerly Northland Baptist Bible College, is a Baptist college in Dunbar, Wisconsin. The school was founded in 1976 by businessman and inventor, Paul Patz and his family of seven children.
Northland Mission Camp (now Northland Camp and Conference Center) was founded on December 31, 1958 by Paul and Mamie Patz and Rev. Harold and Arlene Sailer. Rev. Sailer and his wife both graduated from Northwestern Bible College. Property for the 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) facility in northeast Wisconsin was purchased in 1960. In 1976, Northland Bible Institute was started. The following year, it changed its name to Northland Baptist Bible College. On April 7, 2009, the school created the name Northland International University as a canopy name for its four entities: Northland Baptist Bible College, Northland Graduate Studies, Northland Center for Global Opportunities, and Northland Online. Northland Camp and Conference Center and Northland International University are branches of Northland Mission, Inc. For much of its history, Northland operated without accreditation, which meant that its students were not eligible for government financial assistance. In 2004, Northland obtained provisional accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), making its students eligible for federal funds. TRACS granted full accreditation in 2008. In 2009, Northland requested inclusion in the Wisconsin Tuition Grant Program, so that undergraduate students from Wisconsin attending Northland could receive state financial assistance. In August 2009, the Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board determined that Northland students were not eligible for state financial aid because the college's accreditation was not from a regional accreditation organization. Northland appealed the ruling to agency's board, citing TRACS' federal government recognition. A decision was expected in the fall of 2009, but students were not eligible for state aid for the 2009-2010 school year. In early 2013 Northland Mission, Inc. was reincorporated as Northland International University, Inc. On April 29, 2013 Matthew R. Olson announced to faculty, staff and students that he had been removed as president by the board. On May 8, the four board members that were not a member of the founding family resigned based on the desire of the founding family to continue in the direction of change ushered in by Matthew Olson. As a result, the remaining three board members voted to bring Matthew Olson back on as President of NIU. On May 22, 2013 the board voted to install Daniel Patz as the third chairman of the board. On June 13, 2013 Matthew R. Olson announced to faculty and staff that he has resigned effective June 12, 2013. He indicated in a message to faculty, staff and students that this would give the board the best opportunity to move forward and to succeed. As planned in May 2013, on June 17 and 18 a Board Advisory Council (BAC) convened to assist the board in discerning the best next steps. On July 24, Daniel Patz was appointed as the university's fourth presiden
To enable the Northland community to utilize technology in accomplishing their goals by providing quality and appropriate technology services, reliable and secure access to information, and exceptional support while exemplifying Christ-like character.