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North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities

The North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAAMSCU) is a voluntary association of educational institutions that are related to the historic Methodist and Wesleyan tradition. It exists to:

  • Advance the work of education and scholarship in member institutions.
  • Work cooperatively with United Methodist conferences, boards and agencies to address issues of mutual concern to the Church and the academy.
  • Work in partnership with the Church to educate students for leadership and service to the global community.
  • Foster and encourage the common good of member institutions.
  • Strengthen the collegiality and camaraderie among member presidents, deans and heads of schools.

NAAMSCU was initiated by GBHEM and is assisted by GBHEM’s Division of Higher Education.


The 112 schools, colleges and universities in the United States recognized by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church are eligible to become members of NAAMSCU by paying annual dues and participating in the organization. Institutions are represented by the chief executive officer.

NAAMSCU comprises 88 colleges and universities, 13 seminaries, 11 historically black institutions and several private secondary schools.


NAAMSCU meets twice each year. The winter meeting takes place in conjunction with the Council of Independent College’s Presidents Institute each January. This meeting emphasizes the connection between NAAMSCU members and the broader work of the denomination. The annual meeting is held in the summer to provide opportunities for members and their families to engage in professional development, personal renewal and the building of relationships between colleagues. For more information about NAAMSCU meetings, please contact the Division of Higher Education.

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