Development of the former Scotland School for Veterans Children is expected to start this spring. Winebrenner Theological Seminary announced Friday that it has purchased the 185-acre property for $1.8 million and will open its Scotland Campus facility as soon as possible following settlement in late May.
“After significant due diligence, deliberation and considerable prayer on the part of a multitude of people, the Winebrenner board voted to move forward with the acquisition of the former Scotland School for Veterans Children,” said David Newell, vice president of WTS Pennsylvania Initiatives and director of the Scotland Campus. “We see the move to the campus as a faith decision first, with the belief that God guided us to the location, provided the vision, and opened the door of opportunity for us to seize upon.”
The Scotland Campus will serve as a satellite branch of WTS. Initially, it will feature the Scotland Campus Education and Conference Center in the education building complex and WTS offices in the chapel.
Newell said the center will “house a consortium of schools and colleges, and host conference events related to education.” Representatives of Shippensburg University, Penn State Mont Alto and Wilson College will serve on an advisory committee and “work to expand educational opportunity to the public, as well as foster opportunities for area businesses to develop training structures for their disciplines,” he said.
More than 30 classrooms are available for lease, and the school hopes to offer professional plays and events in the 650-seat auditorium.
Nova Corp., a cyber security company in Chambersburg, is the first business to locate at the Scotland Campus.
“They are a company that engages in cyber security, and we will form a training arm that will locate them on the campus,” said Newell. “We are looking for other businesses that are interested in forming academies of their own that will offer some of their required educational components. For instance, for the discipline of CPA, accounting firms may like to have an academy to train people in their profession.”
WTS does not yet have state approval to offer its Pastoral Training Institute courses, although its application is pending. In the meantime, Newell said it will be able to offer non-degree courses.
Future plans include development of sports facilities for student and public use, student housing and possibly a senior living center.
“As we began the process, it became evident very quickly that Franklin County was a special place, and we were connected to some very forward-thinking people (who were) willing to join with us in determining the viability and fit of Winebrenner Seminary for the Scotland Campus,” said Newell.
He said the Scotland Campus location in Franklin County is ideal because of “the ease of access to major metropolitan areas and international airports.”
Joining Newell in making the announcement were the Rev. Dennis Koontz, WTS development officer; the Rev. Dr. Michael Walker, chairman of the WTS board; and John Boozer, Scotland Campus board member.
Among those who attended were Sen. Richard Alloway; Rep. Rob Kauffman; Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Development Corp.; and David Sciamanna, president of the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the Scotland campus, visit www.scotlandcampus.org or call 1-800-493-1714.