Sold! Taylor University Fort Wayne Campus Has Found A Buyer

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 10:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne based Ambassador Enterprises, LLC signs an agreement for the sale of the former Taylor University Fort Wayne campus.

The proposed sale includes every campus building and all of the grounds that comprised the former TUFW campus, with the exception of the WBCL radio facility.

In addition to the news, the Fort Wayne Alumni and Friends Resource Center located on the campus is being allowed to continue its operation.

The proposed sale does not impact Taylor's MBA program or TU Online, which are housed in the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.

Taylor President, Dr. Eugene B. Habecker says, "We believe Ambassador is uniquely qualified to continue a rich legacy of learning and service in the community of Fort Wayne and beyond."

"Probably a win-win for Taylor and hopefully for the neighborhood if this new group is a good thing because we didn't want four or five different entities in their doing their own thing," said Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood Association Board Member Ryan Keirns.

"It's gonna be nice to hopefully have one group in their with total ownership over the vast majority of the buildings," said Keirns.

The Taylor University Fort Wayne campus was closed in 2009.

At that time, Ambassador Enterprises was hired to help Taylor University find a buyer for the campus.

Meanwhile, in 2010, Leona LLC almost bought the Rudisill campus.

That deal fell through and Ambassador who ended their professional consultant relationship with Taylor University, has agreed to purchase the campus and "develop a collaborative community of excellence in education."

However, a major question is still looming.

How will Ambassador Enterprises develop that collaborative community of excellence in education?

"Similar to you I couldn't quite figure out you know what exactly they do. It seems like they have two or three things going on. But I guess my initial thought is maybe good and see where it goes," said Keirns.

Indiana's NewsCenter has learned Ambassador Enterprises is a locally owned investment, leadership and outreach company.

Taylor officials said Ambassador has many strategic partnerships in the business, educational and non-profit communities in Northeast Indiana.

Meanwhile, we are not exactly sure what kind of educational programs Ambassador will offer.

Indiana's NewsCenter has placed two calls to Ambassador executives.

We expect to learn more specific plans later this week.

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