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Ave Maria University Sells its Nicaraguan Campus

Ave Maria University has sold its Nicaraguan campus to Keiser University, a non-Catholic institution in Florida, reports the Nicaragua Dispatch. Ave Maria had purchased the San Marcos school from the University of Mobile in Alabama in 2007.

The school is the only American university-owned campus in Central America. Under Ave Maria, it offered undergraduate degrees in business administration, politics and psychology. Students also had access to the programs offered on the main campus at Ave Maria, Florida.

The campus will continue to be managed by Provost Mathew Anderson, with existing faculty and staff.  Anderson told El Nuevo Diario that Catholic religious activities will be allowed to continue at the campus (the following is translated from Spanish) :

I have had several conversations with Church authorities in Nicaragua, and the Church authorities want to continue and maintain the Catholic presence on the Latin American campus. We want to continue to celebrate Mass, have priests and all other religious activities that we currently have and continue under the sponsorship of Keiser University.

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