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 J. Blair Blackburn[4]
Academic staff
  • Dr. Joseph D. Brown, Frank S. Groner School of Professional Studies
  • Dr. Rebekah Grigsby, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Colleen Halupa, Online Learning
  • Dr. John L. Harris, School of Christian Studies
  • Dr. Lynn New, School of Natural and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Emily Prevost, Acting Dean, Fred Hale School of Business
  • Dr. John Sargent, School of Education
  • Dr. Scott Stevens, Spiritual Life
  • Dr. Jerry Summers, School of Humanities
  • Dr. Thomas R. Webster, School of Communication and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Marty Warren, Academic Services and Institutional Research
Administrative staff
  • Dr. Thomas Sanders, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Scott Bryant, Vice President for Advancement
  • Mr. Kevin Caffey, Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs
  • Mr. Ned Calvert, Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs
  • Dr. Heather Hadlock, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Ryan Erwin, Vice President for Athletics and Director of Athletics
  • Lee Ferguson, Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs
Undergraduates 1,450[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
Affiliations NCAA Division III – American Southwest Conference[7]
Mascot Tiger[7]
Website www.etbu.edu

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

History[edit]

ETBU is located on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation 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]

In June 2015, J. Blair Blackburn, a native of Minden, Louisiana, was inaugurated as the 13th president of East Texas Baptist University. He succeeded Samuel "Dub" Oliver, who instead became in 2014 the president of Union University  in Jackson, Tennessee. Blackburn received an Associate of Arts degree from Tyler Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Texas at Tyler, Master of Science degree in higher education administration from Texas A&M University–Commerce, and a doctorate in educational administration from Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Previously he was the executive vice president at Dallas Baptist University and held other administrative positions there dating back to 1995. He was formerly on the staffs of his alma mater, the University of Texas at Tyler and Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, and Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. Upon taking the presidency, Blackburn described himself as "excited and humbled that the Lord has called me to serve as president of East Texas Baptist University. Having been raised in northwest Louisiana and living in east Texas for many years, I have known and respected this institution for its unwavering commitment to stand as a beacon for Christ-centered education.[9]

Faculty[edit]

The student to faculty ratio is 14:1[7] and the average class size is 22.[7]

Accreditation[edit]

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.[10] 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[11] for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Commissions of Collegiate Nursing Education,[12] and the National Association of Schools of Music.[13]

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]

Campus[edit]

Security[edit]

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).[14]

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[15]
  • Bennett Student Center
  • Redwine Instrumental Music Building[16]
  • Jenna Guest Music Building[16]
  • 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

Athletics[edit]

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

Mascot[edit]

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]

Gallery[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. ^ "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. ^ "Minden native elected ETBU president". Minden Press-Herald. April 9, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Results". Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  11. ^ "Member Lists" (PDF). Texas Board of Nursing. 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  12. ^ CCNE Accredited Nursing Degree Programs
  13. ^ "Member Lists". National Association of Schools of Music. 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  14. ^ "Safety & Security". ETBU. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  15. ^ "Murphy Science Center". ETBU. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b "Facilities". ETBU. 2008. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  17. ^ "Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-LA 66th District)". cigarrights.capwiz.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ chriselrod.com
  19. ^ "HALL, Sam Blakeley, Jr. - Biographical Information". 

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