University of Mount Olive at Wilmington Celebrates 20th Anniversary

University of Mount Olive at Wilmington Celebrates 20th Anniversary


WILMINGTON – The University of Mount Olive at Wilmington, located at 1838 Sir Tyler Drive, recently celebrated 20 years of serving the educational needs of New Hanover and surrounding counties.  The milestone was marked with a celebration that included live music and hors d’oeuvres.  UMO at Wilmington Alumnus Henry J. Edmond, executive vice president of Newbridge Bank, shared the story of his educational journey with attendees, professing that, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.  My degree from Mount Olive has transformed my life.”


UMO faculty, staff, students, and alumni were on hand for the anniversary celebration, as were local business people, New Hanover County Chamber of Commerce members, and other dignitaries.


Since opening its doors in 1995, UMO at Wilmington has experienced significant growth, having graduated nearly 1,500 students in the past 20 years.  By stepping outside of the traditional confines of higher education, the University of Mount Olive has become one of the most unique and fastest growing higher education institutions in North Carolina.  This year alone, approximately 200 students at UMO at Wilmington will be considered non-traditional. Those students, with a median age of 31, will not only be seeking a college education, but also balancing full-time jobs and family responsibilities.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit