Big changes are coming for a private Christian university in East Tennessee.
Johnson University announced Monday that it has merged with Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, Florida, to become the Johnson University System.
The smaller campus in Florida fell into financial trouble and lost its accreditation. The merger allowed the school to regain its accreditation and stable financial footing.
Johnson University in Knoxville will now be known as "Johnson University Tennessee." Florida Christian College will be called "Johnson University Florida."
Long-time president Dr. David Eubanks came out of retirement to help with the merger. He will serve as C.O.O. of Johnson University Florida.
"It's expanding our national exposure in another direction. We've helped keep a school alive, and thriving. That was doing a good work, and we feel like it's even going to grow and do a better work," said Dr. Eubanks.
The merger will bring enrollment in the Johnson University system up to about 1300 students.
More than 900 of those students are part of the Tennessee campus. Administrators will work to build enrollment in Florida.