Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Belmont University Acquires O'More College of Design

The Tennessean reports today that Belmont University and will acquire O'More College of Design of Franklin, TN and move O'More's programs to Nashville, TN by fall 2018.  You can read an announcement on the Belmont web site, "Belmont University Acquires O’More College of Design, Move to Nashville Effective Fall 2018."
O'More was founded as O'More School of Interior Architecture and Design in 1970.  It is a non-profit institution with enrollment of 170 students.

Belmont traces its roots to Belmont Junior College that was founded in 1890.  It was known as Ward-Belmont after a merger with Ward Seminary in 1913.  Assets of the institution were then acquired by the Tennessee Baptist Convention which opened Belmont College in 1951.  Belmont became independent after 2005.  You can visit the Belmont website for an historical timeline.

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, mergers,and acquisitions access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There are separate tabs for non-profit closures, for-profit closures, and one for mergers and acquisitions.  Each tab includes basic information for the institutions, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.