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Viterbo and St. Mary’s sign partnership agreement

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Viterbo University and St. Mary's University have created a partnership in order to continue fulfilling their missions in creating connections in education and growth for professional and personal transformation.

Tuesday afternoon presidents of both universities signed an agreement to become partners rather than competitors. Both are Catholic universities working to expand learning opportunities for students.

"When we explored potential partners, we immediately looked to Viterbo because of their reputation and dedication to their own mission," said Father James P. Burns, IVF, Ph.D., president of St. Mary's University. "Simply said, this particular partnership makes a lot of sense. Our students are similar in that they are looking for schools that will not only provide an excellent education but also at the same time impart character in a sense of meaning and purpose in life."

Both universities believe this partnership will allow their students to continue to excel.

"Ultimately this partnership will benefit our entire region as employers will hire our students and both schools are committed to providing strong traits and ethical values, characteristics that are highly valuable in today's workforce," said Glena Temple, Ph. D, president of Viterbo University.

The partnership consists of a credit transfer program for Master's degrees between the two universities for Vitebro's servant leadership program, and St. Mary's Business Intelligence program. It expands opportunities for further education for students at both universities.

Presidents of both universities say this is just the beginning of their partnership and they are eager to get started. The program goes into effect beginning in fall 2021.

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