East Texas Baptist University

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East Texas Baptist University
East Texas Baptist University Seal.png
Former names
College of Marshall (1912-1944) East Texas Baptist College (1944-1984)
Motto A world of opportunity in a community of faith[1]
Type Private four-year undergraduate
Established 1912[2]
Affiliation Baptist General Convention of Texas
Endowment US $56,158,298[3]
President Blair Blackburn[4]
  • Tommy Sanders, Academic Affairs[4]
  • Ned Calvert, Administration and Finance[4]
  • Xavier Whitaker, Student Affairss[4]
  • Catherine Crawford, Institutional Advancement[4]
  • Vince Blankenship, Enrollment Management and Marketing[4]
  • Scott Bryant, Spiritual Development[4]
Undergraduates 1,196[5]
Location Marshall, Texas, U.S.
32°33′21″N 94°22′23″W / 32.555925°N 94.373191°W / 32.555925; -94.373191Coordinates: 32°33′21″N 94°22′23″W / 32.555925°N 94.373191°W / 32.555925; -94.373191
Campus Sub-urban[6]
Colors Navy and Gold[7]          
Nickname ETBU
Mascot Tiger[7]
Affiliations NCAA Division III – American Southwest Conference[7]
Website www.etbu.edu

East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is a private, coeducational Christian university in Marshall, Texas, United States associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.


ETBU is located on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation, which is at the highest altitude in Harrison County. ETBU was founded as the College of Marshall in 1912, after a campaign to create a Southern Baptist college in East Texas. The campus' first building, Marshall Hall, was completed in 1916. It was designed to house a gymnasium, library, chapel/theatre, administrative offices and classrooms. The College of Marshall opened the following year in 1917 as a two-year junior college and academy. The College was greatly enlarged during the aegis of President Frank Shelby Groner who served as president of the college from 1928 until 1942. It became East Texas Baptist College in 1944[8]


The student to faculty ratio is 14:1[7] and the average class size is 22.[7] Ninety-five percent of full-time faculty members have earned doctorates or terminal degrees.[citation needed]


ETBU is fully accredited with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1957, ETBU became an accredited member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[9] The accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2009, with the next reaffirmation due in 2019. ETBU also is accredited by The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas[10] for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Commissions of Collegiate Nursing Education,[11] and the National Association of Schools of Music.[12]

ETBU ranked twelfth among forty-eight schools in the category of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the West Region in the U.S. News & World Report's publication "America's Best Colleges 2008".[3][7]



During the day, the campus is patrolled by the on-campus security officer. Security cameras record 24 hours a day and are monitored from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Call boxes are placed in strategic locations around campus. At night, the campus is monitored by private security officers (off-duty Marshall City Police Officers).[13]

Academic buildings[edit]

Marshall Hall, construction completed in 1916
Feagin Hall, built in 1948
  • Marshall Hall
  • Scarborough Hall
  • Ornelas Spiritual Life Center
  • Ornelas Student Center
  • Dean Healthplex
  • Keys Gym
  • Craig Hall
  • Harvey Daniel Bruce
  • Murphy Science Center[14]
  • Bennett Student Center
  • Redwine Instrumental Music Building[15]
  • Jenna Guest Music Building[15]
  • Fred Hale Business Building
  • Mamye Jarrett Library
  • Meadows Hall

Residence Halls[edit]

  • Centennial Hall
  • Feagin Hall
  • Fry Hall
  • Linebery Hall
  • Mabee Housing Complex
  • Ornelas Residence Center
  • University Apartments
  • Van Zandt Apartments & Campus Houses

Departments at ETBU[edit]

There are several academic departments at ETBU:[citation needed]

  • School of Business
  • School of Christian Studies
    • Department of Religion
  • School of Education
    • Department of Teacher Education
    • Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Science
    • Athletic Training Education Program
  • School of Humanities
    • Department of Communication
    • Department of History, Political Science, and Geography
    • Department of Languages and Literature
    • Department of Criminal Justice
  • School of Fine Arts
    • Art Program
    • Department of Music
    • Department of Theatre Arts
  • School of Natural and Social Sciences
    • Allied Health Program
    • Department of Behavioral Sciences
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Chemistry and Physics
    • Department of Mathematics
  • School of Nursing
    • Department of Nursing


The East Texas Baptist football team in action against the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions in 2014


The mascot for ETBU is a tiger, "Toby." ETBU also has a live Tiger mascot named "Sarge" who is housed off campus.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 8984-3 HTop-r6
  2. ^ "HilltopNews_sept_2004.pdf" (PDF). Hilltop News. Retrieved 2008-03-15. Since its founding in 1912 
  3. ^ a b "USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: East Texas Baptist University: At a glance". USNews.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "East Texas Baptist University - Administrative Offices". East Texas Baptist University. 2014. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Head counts by term (Fact Book 2007)" (PDF). etbu.edu/IPAR/Fact+Books/Fact+Book+2007.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  6. ^ "College Search - East Texas Baptist University- About ETBU - At a Glance". College Board. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "East Texas Baptist University- About ETBU". ETBU. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  8. ^ Songe, Alice. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes." Scarecrow Press (Metuchen, NJ: 1978), p. 60.
  9. ^ "Results". Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Member Lists" (PDF). Texas Board of Nursing. 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  11. ^ CCNE Accredited Nursing Degree Programs
  12. ^ "Member Lists". National Association of Schools of Music. 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  13. ^ "Safety & Security". ETBU. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  14. ^ "Murphy Science Center". ETBU. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. [dead link]
  15. ^ a b "Facilities". ETBU. 2008. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  16. ^ "Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-LA 66th District)". cigarrights.capwiz.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ chriselrod.com
  18. ^ "HALL, Sam Blakeley, Jr. - Biographical Information". 

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