BOSTON — The billionaire family that’s giving away a 217-acre campus in
western Massachusetts has narrowed the potential recipients to two.
Grand Canyon University, a for-profit Christian school in Arizona, and the
North American Mission Board, the Southern Baptist Convention’s missions and
evangelism arm, are the last groups in the running for the Northfield site.
The Green family of Oklahoma will make a decision in the coming weeks.
The family obtained the former property of Northfield Mount Hermon prep school
in 2009, intending to give it to a new Christian college. When that fell
through, the Greens decided to give it away to a conservative Christian group.
There have been dozens of suitors.
Grand Canyon would establish a second campus there. The mission board would
train missionaries and create a pastoral retreat center.