Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Comes to Former Ambassador College Campus Pasadena

When the Worldwide Church of God sold the lower half of the Ambassador College around 2004, it became the home of Maranatha High School.  Maranatha is a high ranking college prep Christian High School that has an excellent reputation for academics.  The school has poured millions of dollars into restoring the former Grove Terrace men's dorm into a state of the art classroom facility.  They've restored the College Gym and Natatorium to its former glory, as well as the handball courts.

The track was resurfaced a few years ago with a new field of outdoor artificial grass.  They removed the old track and turf along with the west fencing and made it into a regulation size football field.  High Intensity field lights have been installed to illuminant the football field for Friday night football games.

The Student Center was also restored and functions as the Student Center for the High School.

Maranatha also owns the Hall of Administration, that has been reportedly sold to a Chinese development company that plans on building condo's.

Now, the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management has moved onto the property.

A New MBA Program Comes to Pasadena


Maranatha High School - Pasadena

(PASADENA STAR NEWS) — For too long California has been ranked near the bottom of national surveys identifying the “best states to do business.” Whether it is Chief Executive Magazine that ranks California dead last at No. 50 or CNBC’s ranking that has California near the cellar at No. 40, California is not depicted as a positive place to do business.

While the reasons for California’s position are plausible, do such rankings as these tell a story about Pasadena? Hardly.

Pasadena is uniquely positioned to provide businesses with the workforce that can make them successful and at the same time lift up the whole region’s economy.

Pasadena has a unique and highly skilled workforce that rivals any other geography in the state and the nation. More than 43 percent of adult residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. More than 19 percent of adults age 25 and older have earned a graduate degree. Nearly 87 percent of local residents are in white-collar professions.

These stats are one of the top reasons that Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management has decided to expand our Fully Employed MBA program to Pasadena. Through a partnership with Maranatha High School, the Graziadio School is offering MBA classes at one of the region’s finest college preparatory institutions. 

Read the entire article here.


Joe Moeller said...

I stood as best man for a couple of marriages right at that very spot pictured. Many people baptized down there in the back in the small pools as well.

Very strange nostalgic memories, like a deja vu different life not lived by the same person, yet here I am today in a far different environment.

Was it all a weird dream?

Joe Moeller
Cody, WY

Anonymous said...

wow...gave the graduation address thru that portico view with HWA/GTA and RCM sitting there on the right front row glaring at me lol


Lake of Fire Church of God said...

Glad to see the Building Fund that our parents contributed to in the 1960s and 1970s before the start of the Great Tribulation being put to good use today almost 50 years later.


Byker Bob said...

I believe the site of my baptism is probably still intact, the long, narrow swimming pool in Ambassador Hall.

After getting dumped by AC, I applied to and was accepted by Pepperdine. This was long before they moved to Malibu, but it still presented transportation issues for me, and I ended up at PCC, which was like starting over, because our AC credits were bogus, and unacceptable. Pepperdine, being a Christian College, at uleast would accept some of those AC credits, and that would have been a better choice. I have a customer who graduated from Pepperdine, and he owns a thriving business.

Can't think of better tenants to be involved with the AC property, especially if anyone has ever visited the Malibu campus. I saw it several times when I used to tear it up in the beach cities on the bike. It's pretty awesome!


Anonymous said...

Joe asks, "Was it all a weird dream?"

It was definitely weird, but unfortunately not a dream.

Real? Yes!
Surreal? Yes!

I'm glad that Jesus has declared that Armstongism is dead on this property, and is now having Friday night football games there!

Secular-Humanist-Buddhist said...

Never having been associated with the WCOG or Ambassador College, but knowing the harm both did quite well, I wish they had burned it all to the ground and built low-income housing for the poor (and not just the poor that gave away all their money to the WCOG). The sooner that whole thing is forgotten the better.

Anonymous said...

The ultimate desecration - Friday night football. I love it. Bob Thiel must see this as a sign of the end times since football is such an EVIL sport.

Anonymous said...

I remember a few people who graduated from AC in the early 70's managed to get some of their credits transferred to Pepperdine. They were one of the few legitimate educational institutions which accepted AC credits, at least for awhile. It really made a difference to some AC graduates who didn't become ministers and needed some kind of recognised academic qualification without having to start from the very beginning again.