McPherson College, host site of the 2017 KAEA Fall Conference, is a liberal arts community producing leaders, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs of the future. Through service, internships, international travel, interdisciplinary studies and athletics, students experience a unique educational setting unlike any other. The college embraces persons from diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds and commits itself to develop whole persons through scholarship, participation, and service.
Chartered in 1887 by leaders of the Church of the Brethren, McPherson College has a distinguished history of providing excellent liberal arts and career-oriented education shaped by the essential values of its founding denomination. The present campus, with its 16 major buildings and 27-acre setting, has matured into an institution which its founders would be proud. To celebrate its anniversary in 1987-88, McPherson College architecturally redesigned its entire campus, a factor that has improved the quality of living and learning at McPherson College. In the spring of 2000, the Hess Fine Arts Center was built, housing both the Visual Arts Department and the Performing Arts Department. in 2001the Melhorn Science Hall was added to the list of exceptional facilities. The construction of a new Student Center is currently underway.
For the past 2 consecutive years, the Chronicle of Education has cited McPherson College as one of the nations “Best College to Work For”. In addition, this year the U.S. News & World Report ranked Mcpherson College highly among all colleges and universities in the Midwest Region. In 2015 the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program won the prestigious “International Historic Motoring Award."