Clark Atlanta University
|Clark Atlanta University|
Clark Atlanta University Seal
|Motto||"I'll Find a Way or Make One" (Atlanta University); "Culture for Service" (Clark College)|
|Established||July 1, 1988
Atlanta University (1865)
Clark College (1869)
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||Carlton E. Brown|
|Campus||Urban, 126 acres (0.5 km2)|
|Colors||Red, black, gray
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|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
Clark Atlanta University is a private, historically black university in Atlanta, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865). Clark Atlanta University is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Research
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notable faculty
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
|1865||Atlanta University founded|
|1869||Clark College established in Atlanta's Summerhill section|
|1871||Clark College relocated to Whitehall and McDaniel Street property.|
|1877||Clark College chartered and renamed to Clark University|
|1880||Clark University conferred its first degree|
|1929||Atlanta University Center established|
|1988||Clark Atlanta University created|
Clark Atlanta University was formed by the consolidation of Atlanta University, which offered only graduate degrees, and Clark College, a four-year undergraduate institution oriented to the liberal arts.
Atlanta University, founded in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, with later assistance from the Freedmen's Bureau, was, before consolidation, the nation's oldest graduate institution serving a predominantly African-American student body. By the late 1870s, Atlanta College had begun granting bachelor's degrees and supplying black teachers and librarians to the public schools of the South. In 1929–30, it began offering graduate education exclusively in various liberal arts areas, and in the social and natural forensis. It gradually added professional programs in social work, library science, and business administration. At this same time, Atlanta University affiliated with Morehouse College and Spelman College in a university plan known as the Atlanta University Center.
The campus was moved to its present site, and the modern organization of the Atlanta University Center emerged, with Clark College, Morris Brown College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center joining the affiliation later. The story of the Atlanta University over the next twenty years from 1930 includes many significant developments. Graduate Schools of Library Science, Education, and Business Administration were established in 1941, 1944, and 1946, respectively. The Atlanta School of Social Work, long associated with the university, gave up its charter in 1947 to become an integral part of the university. In 1957, the controlling Boards of the six institutions (Atlanta University; Clark, Morehouse, Morris Brown and Spelman Colleges; and Gammon Theological Seminary) ratified new Articles of Affiliation. The new contract created the Atlanta University Center. The influence of Atlanta University has been extended through professional journals and organizations, including Phylon. Through Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, a member of the faculty, the university was also associated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Clark College was founded in 1869 by the Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which later became the United Methodist Church. It was named for Bishop Davis Wasgatt Clark, who was the first President of the Freedman's Aid Society and became Bishop in 1864. A sparsely furnished room in Clark Chapel, a Methodist Episcopal church in Atlanta's Summerhill section, housed the first Clark College class. In 1871, the school relocated to a new site on the newly purchased Whitehall and McDaniel Street property. In 1877, the School was chartered as Clark University.
An early benefactor, Bishop Gilbert Haven, visualized Clark as the "university" of all the Methodist schools founded for the education of freedmen. After the school had changed locations several times, Bishop Haven, who succeeded Bishop Clark, was instrumental in acquiring 450 acres (1.8 km2) in South Atlanta, where in 1880 the school conferred its first degree. (The university relocated in 1883.) Also in 1883, Clark established a theology department. Named for Dr. Elijah H. Gammon, the Gammon School of Theology in 1888 became an independent theological seminary. It is part of the Interdenominational Theological Center.
2009 faculty firings
In 2009, the university fired 55 members of the faculty (20 of whom had tenure) after declaring an "enrollment emergency." The action earned the university a severe censure from the American Association of University Professors, which asserted that there was no "enrollment emergency" and decried the lack of faculty involvement in the process. The AAUP investigation specifically cited that Clark Atlanta University did not provide dismissed faculty members with hearings before faculty peers, as required by both AAUP standards and university regulations, and for providing a "sorely deficient" one month of severance salary. The AAUP panel consisted of four individuals and included one professor at a historically black institution (Charles L. Betsey of Howard University) and one professor who according to Inside Higher Ed, "has written extensively and sympathetically about black colleges" (Marybeth Gasman of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education).
Clark Atlanta University's main campus houses 37 buildings (including an art gallery) on 126 acres (0.5 km2) and is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the center of Atlanta.
- Pfeiffer Hall
- Holmes Hall
- Merner Hall
- Bumstead Hall – vacant for renovations
- Ware Hall
- Beckwith Hall
- Residential Apartments – now called "James P. Brawley Hall" when the original James P. Brawley Hall was demolished in 2007
- Heritage Commons
- CAU Suites East / West
- Gammon Hall / ITC Center
Clark Atlanta was ranked on the 2008 list of The Washington Monthly of "Best Colleges and Universities," and the list of US News & World Report of top historically black colleges and universities (No. 9 out of 34 best).
Clark Atlanta has a Carnegie classification of "Research University – High Research Activity" and is one of only four Historically Black Colleges and Universities to earn such a distinction. The university receives annual research grants of $17,570,778.
National fraternities and sororities
All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Clark Atlanta University. Other organizations currently registered on campus include Sigma Alpha Iota, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma and Gamma Phi Delta.
CAU operates WCLK (91.9 FM), a jazz radio station.
Clark Atlanta University, known athletically as the Panthers, are competing within the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The university's marching band is known as the Mighty Marching Panther Band. The "Essence of CAU" is the dance line featured with the marching band.
- See also Clark Atlanta University alumni
This is a list of notable alumni which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Atlanta University, Clark College, Clark University, and/or Clark Atlanta University. It does not include other notable persons who may have attended Clark Atlanta University as cross-registered students (credit as an alumnus is not given to Clark Atlanta University, which has spurred controversy over the school's cross-registration policies).
|Ralph Abernathy||1951||Civil rights activist|||
|Marvin S. Arrington, Sr.||1963||Politician and jurist|||
|Bryan Barber||1996||Director of the 2006 film Idlewild|||
|Hamilton Bohannon||songwriter and record producer, who was one of the leading figures in 1970s disco music|
|Joseph Bouie, Jr.||member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 97 in Orleans Parish since 2014; retired faculty member and administrator at Southern University at New Orleans, received Ph.D. from Clark Atlanta|||
|Aki Collins||1997||Assistant coach with the Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team|||
|Marva Collins||1957||Educator; founder and director of the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois|||
|Dewey W. Knight, Jr.||1957||first Black department director and the only black Deputy County Manager in Miami-Dade County|||
|Mary Frances Early||1957||First African-American graduate of the University of Georgia|||
|Wayman Carver||Composer; first person to use extensive use of the flute in jazz|
|Amanda Davis||News anchor at WAGA (Fox5) in Atlanta, Georgia|||
|DJ Drama||Music producer|
|Henry O. Flipper||First black graduate of West Point|||
|C. Hartley Grattan||1923||Economist, historian|||
|Grace Towns Hamilton||1927||First African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly|||
|James A. Hefner||1962||Economist|
|Fletcher Henderson||1920||Pianist, band leader and composer|||
|New Jack||Professional wrestler|
|Alexander Jefferson||1942||Retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen|||
|Robert R. Jennings||President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University|
|Henry C. "Hank" Johnson||1976||U.S. Congressman, Georgia 4th District|||
|James Weldon Johnson||1904||Writer|||
|Otis Johnson||1969||Mayor of Savannah, Georgia|||
|Bomani Jones||Sportswriter, Co-Host of Highly Questionable|
|Kenny Leon||Tony Award winning Broadway and film director. Former artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre|||
|Lucy Craft Laney||Educator, opened the first school for black children in Augusta, Georgia in the late 19th century|
|Curtis Johnson||2008||former NFL linebacker|
|Walt Landers||former NFL player|
|Greg McCrary||former NFL tight end|
|Martha S. Lewis||Government official in New York City and state|||
|Evelyn G. Lowery||American civil rights activist and leader; marched in the historic Selma to Montgomery March|
|Mason "Mase" Durrell Bethea||Rapper|
|Major Owens||Librarian, U.S. Congressman (New York)|
|Harry Pace||1903||African-American recording pioneer, founder of Black Swan Records, Insurance executive|||
|Valeisha Butterfield Jones||2000||Founder and CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), political strategist, youth and women’s activist, author and media personality|||
|Eva Pigford||Model/actress; winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 3|
|Nnegest Likke||Movie director and screenwriter|
|Pernessa C. Seele||Immunologist and the CEO and founder of Balm in Gilead, Inc.|||
|C. Lamont Smith||Sports agent, the founder and president of All Pro Sports and Entertainment|
|Morris Stroud||1969||Former professional football player|
|Bobby Wilson||2004||Singer better known by his stage name Bobby V|||
|Phuthuma Nhleko||CEO of the MTN Group|
|Jo Ann Robinson||1948||Civil rights activist|
|Horace T. Ward||Judge and first black student to legally challenge segregation in higher education in the Deep South|||
|Walter Francis White||1916||NAACP leader|||
|Hosea Williams||Civil rights activist|||
|Madaline A. Williams||First black woman elected to the New Jersey state legislature|||
|Louis Tompkins Wright||First black surgeon to head the Department of Surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York City|||
|Richard R. Wright||1876||First black Paymaster in the U.S. Army and first president of Savannah State University|||
|Ella Gaines Yates||First African-American director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System|
|KD||Singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper|
|Alfred Msezane||Physics Professor|||
|Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen||Music Professor|
|Carlton E. Brown||President Clark Atlanta University|
|Dr. Herb Eichelberger||Film professor and mentor of notable Hollywood director Spike Lee|||
|W.E.B. Du Bois||Scholar, author, and civil rights activist|||
|Mary Frances Early||The first African American graduate of the University of Georgia|||
|Virginia Lacy Jones||One of the first African-Americans to earn a PhD in the Library Sciences|
|Whitman Mayo||Drama Professor|
|Henry Ossawa Tanner||The first African American painter to gain international acclaim.|||
|J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.||Mathematician and nuclear scientist|
|Whitney M. Young Jr.||Dean of Social Work, prior to becoming Executive Director of National Urban League|
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