When Bill Brooks met with his fellow members of the Bellevue, Nebraska, Chamber of Commerce in June 1965, the No. 1 agenda item was discussion of creating a new college in Bellevue. The time and place were perfect, he reasoned, as Bellevue was a growing city, home to Offutt Air Force Base as well as a large contingent of potential college-age students. From those humble beginnings, Bellevue College –Bellevue University since 1994 – was born. Brooks and his Chamber of Commerce colleagues spearheaded the founding of Bellevue College in 1966, a year after that initial meeting at a Bellevue Steak House. Fast forward to 2016 when Bellevue University celebrated its 50th year and has been a trailblazer in the higher education industry since its inception in 1966. It is now a private, non-profit institution founded in 1966; Bellevue University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through the U.S. Department of Education.