Central College is a 4-year private school located in Pella, IA. Founded 1853 as Central University of Iowa by the Baptist Convention of Iowa, control was transferred to the Reformed Church in America in 1916. In 1994 it was renamed Central College. The 130 acre campus, located downtown, is a picturesque backdrop including tree-lined pathways, open spaces and quads as well as the Pond (a central feature in several activities). The architectural style of the campus buildings is modern with much red brick and sturdy construction. The town of Pella, founded by Dutch settlers in 1847, was made famous by the local window and door manufacturer as well as Vermeer Manufacturing Company which makes agricultural equipment.