Erskine College

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For the Wellington, New Zealand college, see Erskine College, Wellington.
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Motto Scienta cum Moribus Conjuncta
Motto in English
Knowledge joined with Morals
Established 1839
Type Private
Endowment US$40.52 million
President Dr. Paul Kooistra
Academic staff
40 full time
Students 575
Location Due West, SC, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Maroon and Gold          
Nickname Flying Fleet
Affiliations Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Erskine College is a private Christian college in Due West, South Carolina. It offers an undergraduate liberal arts college and a graduate theological seminary. The college was founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and its sports teams compete in NCAA Division II as a member of Conference Carolinas.

Early history[edit]

Established in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South as an academy for men, the college became the first four year, church-related college in South Carolina[citation needed] It was named for Ebenezer Erskine, one of the founders of one of the antecedent bodies of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a pastor. Erskine had led a group of separatists from the Church of Scotland to found an Associate Presbytery. Erskine began to admit women in 1894 and officially became coeducational in 1899. In 1927, it merged with Women's College of Due West, founded in 1859. In 1929, Bryson College closed and merged with Erskine College.[1][2]

Recent history[edit]

In 1995, the college banned alcohol from the campus and later implemented changes which require all students under the age of 21 to reside in on-campus housing, unless proof of residence with a blood relative was provided.[citation needed] As of 2011 the college added new policies requiring all students regardless of age or reason to live in on-campus housing.[citation needed]

In 1999, Rev. John Carson became president of the college. Upon his installation he noted: "I do not intend to add anything new, not one new straw on the backs of faculty or staff or students. But I do intend to be consistent in making this vision a reality. Erskine College will be, by God's grace, what it has been called to be—a Christian liberal arts college open to all students."[citation needed] Dr. Randall T. Ruble was voted in as the President of Erskine College and Seminary on October 26, 2006. He was inaugurated April 10, 2007.

In April 2011, David A. Norman was inaugurated into the office of President.

On June 1, 2013, Dr. Norman resigned, and Dr. N. Bradley Christie was appointed Acting President, following an extended fight with the college's founding denomination, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.[3] On July 18, 2014, it was announced that Erskine College and Seminary called Dr. Paul Kooistra, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, as their president.[4]


Erskine College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Minors are offered in several other fields of study. A Christian Education concentration is offered within the Bible and Religion major and special minors are offered in Family Studies, Computer Science, Non-Western Studies, Theater, and Information Technology. The college also offers pre-professional programs in medicine, law, pharmacy, and dentistry. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1.[5]

Although Erskine is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, it is currently on "warning" following its most recent accreditation review in December 2013. The college's accreditation status will be reviewed again in December 2014.[6]


Erksine College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Flying Fleet are a member of the Conference Carolinas. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Major buildings[edit]

  • Administrative offices: Belk Hall, Watkins Student Center
  • Art buildings: Bowie Arts Center, Memorial Hall (music), Print Shop
  • Classrooms: Belk Hall, Reid Hall, Daniel Moultrie Science Center (DMSC)
  • Recreation: Galloway Center, the Hangar (under Lesesne Auditorium), pavilion, swimming pool, volleyball court
  • Male housing: Grier (freshmen), Pressly, Robinson
  • Female housing: Carnegie (freshmen), Bonner, Kennedy
  • Dining services: Java City, Moffatt Dining Hall and Snappers
  • Erskine Towers: Flagship Building, old astral observatory and clock tower
  • Computer Lab and library: McCain Library, Reid Hall (archives)

Notable alumni[edit]

Members of the class of 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bryson College Memorial". Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Erskine College: Hard To Find, Harder To Leave". Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  3. ^ "College President Resigns Following Fight with Denomination | Gleanings". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Erskine Board Calls Paul Kooistra as President". The Aquila Report. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Academic Excellence". Erskine College. Erskine College. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (December 19, 2013). "Disclosure Statement Regarding the Status of ERSKINE COLLEGE". Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ WSPA Staff. "Greenville Attorney Ervin To Face Gov. Haley In Republican Primary". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Joseph Rodney Moss : Memory Hold The Door | University of South Carolina School of Law". 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

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