(BenU) is a private Catholic university founded in
Chicago in 1887. In 1901, it moved to Lisle in DuPage
County, Illinois. Benedictine is accredited by the Higher
Learning Commission and a member of the North Central
Association and is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher
Education. Forbes named it among the top 20 percent of
colleges in America for 2011 while The Chronicle of Higher
Education ranks Benedictine the seventh fastest-growing campus
in the country.
On January 9, 2012, the City
Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum
of Understanding with BenU (MOU) which laid out the framework
for the development of a branch campus in Mesa. Initially, BenU
will open an office at 51 E. Main that will serve as its
administrative offices while they establish their new campus.
The campus is scheduled to open up for classes in the Fall of
2013 and will be built at 225 E. Main St. in the former Tri-City
Community Service Center. Construction on the main campus
building is set to start in Fall of 2012.