Historic Milestones in RACU/RAI’s Development (1990 – 2015)

  • October 26, 1990 — Initial request by the Russian Minister of Education to build a “faith-based liberal arts university” in Moscow.
  • September 28, 1992 – Formation of the American Working Group to develop a faith-based liberal arts college in Moscow.
  • July 25, 1994 – First meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian-American Christian University (RACU) in Moscow.
  • June 14, 1995 – Incorporation of the RACU/U.S., Inc., a non-profit organization, formed in Oklahoma.
  • April 2, 1996 – Signing of the Foundation Agreement of RACU by the Board of Trustees in Moscow.
  • June 1995 and June 1996 – RACU offers a four-week “Summer English Language Institute” on the campus of the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University.

  • July 10, 1996 – IRS grants tax-exempt status to RACU/U.S., Inc.
  • September 1996 – RACU accepts its first class of full-time undergraduate students.
  • October 1996– RACU moves into its new campus location at the Center for Christian Ministry.
  • May 27, 1997 – Approval of RACU’s Charter by the Board of Trustees in Moscow.
  • December 3, 1997 – The Russian Ministry of Education awards RACU operational license with the right to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • September 1999 – RACU moves some of its academic operations to Moscow State University’s Center for International Education.
  • May 2001 – RACU purchases a land lease in northeastern Moscow upon which to build a new academic facility.
  • May 19, 2001 – RACU’s first commencement celebration for 19 graduates.
  • September 28, 2001 – The Board of Trustees for RACU/U.S., Inc., approves the building plans and capital campaign budget for a new campus facility in Moscow.
  • August 2002 — RACU moves to its third campus location at the Moscow Silk Factory.
  • November 12, 2003 — The Russian Ministry of Education grants RACU full accreditation for five years – the first school of its kind to receive state approval.
  • December 2005 – RACU is granted permission to build its new campus facility by the Moscow city government.
  • August 2006 –  RACU moves to its fourth campus location at the Tushino Evangelical Church.
  • November 2007 – RACU changes its legal name to the Russian-American Institute (RAI).
  • May 15, 2010 – RAI receives its occupancy permit for the new facility.
  • May 28, 2010 –  RAI’s Ninth Graduation (18 students).
  • May 29, 2010 – The Institute dedicates its newly-completed 46,000 square foot academic facility.
  • November 12-13, 2010 – The Board of Trustees decides to suspend RAI’s undergraduate program at the end of the 2010-11 academic year and monetize the Moscow campus with the goal of using the net assets from the sale of the building to fund Christian ministries in Russia and Ukraine.
  • February 4-13, 2011 – Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church visits the United States and is assisted by Bob Foresman, John Bernbaum and Jerry Fullinwider.
  • June 2, 2011 –  RAI’s Tenth and final Graduation (40 students).
  • January 27, 2012 – RAI receives the title of ownership of its new facility in Moscow.
  • February 8, 2012 – The Executive Committee of the Board forms a Task Force, led by Dennis Kuester, with the goal of selling RAI’s building.
  • March 18, 2014 – The Board signs a sales agreement with a large multinational corporation to purchase its Moscow campus facility.
  • November 8, 2014 – The Board decides to use the net assets from the sale of RAI’s Moscow campus facility to support various Christian ministries in Russia and Ukraine.
  • January – June 2015 – RAI makes seven grants to Christian ministries in Russia and Ukraine.

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