Introducing the Evangel University Valor.
The university in Springfield unveiled its new mascot Wednesday.
In a news release, the school says Valor is represented by a horse symbolizing the character and strength of Evangel University.
“The process of selecting a new mascot that best represented our university was a comprehensive and thoughtful one,” said Dr. Michael Kolstad, vice president for university advancement. “Valor was among the list of submitted mascot names, and it continually rose to the top of the list among our focus groups and mascot selection committee.”
The mascot selection process began earlier this year after a decision by the university’s board of trustees to retire the Crusader mascot.
The university says it received feedback from more than 800 alumni, current students, faculty and staff, and collected a total of 700 mascot submissions.
The Valor logo was designed by Hampton Creative, and independent branding agency based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.