COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — That didn’t take long. Less than a week after Adventist news organizations started to report that Pacific Union College was the only Adventist college to rank as a top school in which to find a spouse, Walla Walla University’s administration has resigned en masse.
In its recently published 2015 rankings, Niche, a national database of school information, listed PUC as seventh on its list of most marriage-friendly schools across America. PUC was the only Adventist school which made the list, an especially surprising fact as Niche placed special emphasis on religious colleges in its rankings.
As the news of the surprise ranking was reported by Adventist news outlets, it took the Adventist higher education world by storm. While both Southern Adventist University and Walla Walla (traditionally recognized as marriage production powerhouses) have reported devastating numbers of their students flocking to register at PUC, Walla Walla is the first to announce personnel changes as a result.
“We are big enough people to recognize when we have failed at our greatest mission: being the number one matchmaking institution in Adventist education,” said Frank Dapper, a WWU spokesperson. “It is especially frustrating to cede this status to PUC as they don’t even seem to be trying.” Dapper confirmed that Walla Walla’s administrative team had “decided that it was time for fresh blood to take a stab at regaining Walla Walla’s rightful place as the undisputed Marriage Mecca of Adventism.”