Hillsdale College Seal
|Michigan Central College|
|Motto||Latin: Virtus Tentamine Gaudet|
Motto in English
|Strength Rejoices in the Challenge|
|Type||Liberal arts college|
|Established||December 4, 1844|
|Endowment||$528 million (2016)|
|President||Larry P. Arnn|
|Provost||David M. Whalen|
|124 full-time, 48 adjunct|
|Campus||Rural, 400 acres (84 buildings)|
|Colors||Blue and white|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – GMAC|
Hillsdale College is a private college in Hillsdale, Michigan. Founded in 1844, the college claims that its liberal arts curriculum is based on the Western heritage as a product of both the Greco-Roman culture and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Hillsdale requires every student, regardless of major, to complete a core curriculum that includes courses on the Great Books, U.S. Constitution, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Since the late 20th century, the college has been one of several in the U.S. that declines to accept federal financial support, instead depending entirely on private donations. The college has worked to establish ties to the conservative political establishment, including the Donald Trump administration.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Policies
- 5 Programs
- 6 Campus life
- 7 Notable people
- 8 References
- 9 External links
In August 1844, members of the local community of Freewill Baptists resolved to organize their denomination's first collegiate institution.:4 After gathering donations, they established Hillsdale College as Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor, Michigan on December 4, 1844.:6 Although religiously affiliated, the college was officially nonsectarian.
Hillsdale no longer has any denominational affiliation but, according to its website, says that "the moral tenets of Christianity as commonly understood in the Christian tradition have been essential to the mission of the College" Founded by abolitionists, it has been open to black and female students from its first days.
Under its first president, Rev. Daniel McBride Graham, who held the office from 1844 to 1848, Michigan Central College opened within a two-room store and admitted five students. In March 1845, the government of Michigan incorporated the college by an act of legislature, and the college enrolled 25 undergraduates by the end of its first year.:12:11
E.B. Fairfield assumed the presidency of Michigan Central College in 1848. In two years, on March 20, 1850, the Michigan state legislature granted the college a special charter, giving it the right to confer degrees.:12–14:116 Black students were admitted immediately after the college's 1844 founding, and the college became the second school in the nation to grant four-year liberal arts degrees to women.:12–14
Outgrowing its space, in 1853 it decided to relocate to Hillsdale, Michigan, in part to have access to the railroad that served the city. It received considerable financial support from local citizens, who wanted to develop the 20-year-old town.:30 The cornerstone of the new building, Central Hall, was laid on the Fourth of July 1853.:24 When Michigan Central College completed construction and moved, it reopened as Hillsdale College on November 7, 1855.
Fairfield led Hillsdale from 1848 to 1869. During his presidency, he helped found the Republican Party with Dunn in neighboring Jackson, Michigan. A prominent leader, Fairfield was present at the first Republican Party convention in 1858, and was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. Hillsdale's early anti-slavery reputation and pivotal role in founding the Republican Party led to the invitation of several notable speakers on the campus, including Frederick Douglass (who visited the school on two separate occasions) and Edward Everett, the orator preceding Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg.:xxv, 49 On August 8, 1860, the first degrees were conferred at Hillsdale by the college. On March 20, 1863, the state legislature of Michigan "formally legalized" the college's change of name and location.:33
In 1861, many Hillsdale students joined the ranks of the Union Army during the American Civil War; a higher percentage of Hillsdale students enlisted than from any other Michigan college.:60:1 Hillsdale continued to operate during the war, but had limited enrollment because so many young men went to war. Half of Hillsdale's students who enlisted became officers, as was typical for men with some college education; five became lieutenant colonels, four received the Medal of Honor, and three became generals. Sixty students died in the war.:5
Hillsdale survived while nearly 80% of the colleges founded before the Civil War were forced to close. After the war, the college regained its normal enrollment; many veterans returned and completed their education there. Notable speakers continued to arrive at Hillsdale's campus, including the famed female physician and educator Sophia Jex-Blake in October 1865.:65 Hillsdale's Delta Tau Delta chapter, its first fraternity, was chartered on October 19, 1867.:458
In 1869, James Calder succeeded Fairfield as president. The college's third president, Calder served into 1871. During his three-year administration, the commercial school opened, a theological department was established, and the college enrolled around 750 students.:73, 292, 411 He resigned to become president of Pennsylvania State University.
Hillsdale's first president, Daniel McBride Graham, returned for a brief second term in 1871, notably rebuilding the campus after the catastrophic "Great Fire" of March 6, 1874.:139–66:77 Soon afterward, DeWitt Clinton Durgin, a graduate of Union College, held the presidency from 1874 to 1884. In 1878, the Hillsdale Herald was published, becoming the 2nd oldest college newspaper in Michigan behind Kalamazoo College's The Index. This paper later merged with another college paper to become The Collegian.:page needed During Durgin's presidency, Hillsdale's Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Chi chapters were chartered.:462, 464
After Dunn's brief turn as acting president, George F. Mosher served as president of Hillsdale from 1886 to 1901.:116, 125 During this time, the college grew in size and prestige. In 1884, Spencer O. Fisher, a Hillsdale alumnus, was the first to be elected to Congress.:119 Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Tau Omega were chartered.:465, 467 In 1891, the Chicago Herald reported, "Hillsdale has a college second in standing to no denominational college in the country." Four years later, when the University of Chicago offered to affiliate with Hillsdale, the college rejected their proposal.:page needed
In 1900, the college ceased grazing livestock and removed the agrarian fence which circled the campus.:xxiii:135 It began an era of institutional growth and professionalization. In 1902, Joseph William Mauck became the sixth president of the college, the first Hillsdale graduate to return as president of his alma mater. Beloved by the college community and an early and outspoken advocate for women's suffrage, Mauck served for two decades.
Hillsdale adopted its first honor code and held its first homecoming celebration. Significantly, the college amended its Articles of Association in 1907, no longer requiring the president and trustees be members of the Free Will Baptist denomination. This led to a decline in the prestige of the theological department, but concurrently an increase in the number of Christian denominations represented on campus.:166:xxiii In 1915, the college's chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity was chartered. When World War I broke out, a large proportion of (mostly male) students entered military service. By 1918 most of the upperclassmen had enlisted.
Four years after the war, William Gear Spencer succeeded Mauck as president. He served from 1922 to 1932, when he departed to lead Franklin College. Under Spencer's leadership, the college prospered. During this time, Hillsdale acquired its 14-acre Slayton Arboretum, built new dormitories, constructed a new field house for its developing athletic programs, and, in 1924, chartered its chapter of Chi Omega.:60–69
During the Great Depression, Willfred Otto Mauck, son of Joseph William Mauck and also an alumnus, was selected as the eighth president, serving from 1933 to 1942. Throughout this era, the college struggled financially, was forced to cancel its new construction projects, and cut the pay of its faculty and staff by nearly 20%.:72–83:210 Succeeding Mauck, Harvey L. Turner became Hillsdale's ninth president, serving from 1942 to 1952. Despite the financial difficulties lasting from the Depression and World War II, the college succeeded in building a new library, having an undefeated and untied football team in 1938, and celebrating its centennial in 1944, when more than 1,000 alumni returned to campus for the commencement ceremony.:113:267
J. Donald Phillips next assumed the presidency, holding the position from 1952 to 1971. Throughout his nearly 20-year administration, Philips corrected many of Hillsdale's financial worries and constructed many new campus buildings. In these years, Hillsdale began to resist regulations of the federal government, particularly concerning affirmative action, which followed national civil rights legislation.:167, 212 In 1962, the college's trustees adopted its own "Declaration of Independence". This document affirmed the college's stance against governmental control.:191 The college promoted the traditional education of the liberal arts and classics. In the late 20th century, it decided to forego any federal grants or subsidies, to "to reaffirm its historic independence and to resist subsidization of its affairs by the federal government."
George Roche III became the 11th president of Hillsdale College in 1971. During the Roche years, Hillsdale College became nationally known, in part because of its withdrawal from federal and state-assisted loan programs and grants. The US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare required the college to account for students by race as part of its affirmative action student loan program in the 1970s, but the administration publicly refused. The college's trustees stated that Hillsdale would follow its own non-discrimination policy and that it would, "with the help of God, resist, by all legal means, any encroachments on its independence.":237–39 In 1984, after a decade of federal litigation on the matter, the college withdrew from all federal student loans, replacing government assistance with private contributions.
Roche was highly successful in fundraising until he resigned due to allegations of a personal sexual scandal. During his presidency, the college dramatically increased its endowment, established the Center for Constructive Alternatives, and brought prominent national speakers to campus, including President Ronald Reagan. It also began publishing Imprimis, Hillsdale's monthly speech digest.:222–23 Russell Kirk taught at Hillsdale one semester a year throughout this time, beginning in 1973.
Roche resigned in late 1999, following the suicide of his daughter-in-law and her allegations of personal scandal. On October 17, 1999, Lissa Jackson Roche, daughter-in-law of President Roche, said that she had engaged in a 19-year on-and-off sexual affair with him. She fatally shot herself at the Slayton Arboretum on campus with a .38-caliber handgun taken from her husband's gun cabinet. Married to Roche's son known as Roche IV, Jackson Roche was employed by Hillsdale as the Managing Editor of Imprimis and Hillsdale College Press. President Roche denied the affair. The college's reputation suffered and donations declined markedly.
Larry P. Arnn has served as president of the college, since 2000. Under his tenure, the college completed various new buildings, including the John A. Halter Shooting Sports Center and Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center. The college also opened the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, an off-campus educational center in Washington, D.C.
In 2013, Arnn was criticized for remarks about ethnic minorities made when he testified before the Michigan State Legislature against the Common Core curriculum standards. Expressing concern about government interference with educational institutions, he noted having received a letter from the state Department of Education early in his presidency that said his college "violated the standards for diversity." He added, "because we didn't have enough dark ones, I guess, is what they meant." After being criticized for calling minorities "dark ones," Arnn explained that he was referring to "dark faces". He stated: "The State of Michigan sent a group of people down to my campus, with clipboards ... to look at the colors of people's faces and write down what they saw. We don't keep records of that information. What were they looking for besides dark ones?"
Michigan House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel condemned Arnn for his comments, saying they were "offensive" and "inflammatory and bigoted", and asked for an apology. In response, the college issued a statement apologizing for Arnn's remark, while reiterating the president's concern about "state-endorsed racism", as he referred to affirmative action policies.
Hillsdale enrolls approximately 350 new students each year, with a current enrollment of around 1,450 students from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and eight foreign countries. The college employs 124 full-time faculty members. Hillsdale was ranked joint 76th-80th in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report listing of best National Liberal Arts Colleges. The Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges 2019 ranked Hillsdale as 3rd for "most conservative students" and 9th for "professors get high marks". Hillsdale was ranked 203rd overall, including 35th in the Midwest and 141st in private colleges, in the 2018 Forbes report of America's Top Colleges.
Undergraduate offerings include a variety of liberal arts majors, pre-professional programs, a teacher education program, and a journalism certificate program.
Hillsdale's 200-acre (81 ha) campus contains multiple instructional and office buildings, 13 residence halls, seven fraternity and sorority houses, an athletic complex, music hall, arts center, conference center, hotel, and preschool. Hillsdale College also operates Hillsdale Academy, a private K–12 liberal arts school.
Hillsdale College was chosen to receive the personal library of Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises, following the wishes contained in von Mises's will; the collection of works is housed in the Ludwig von Mises room of the college's Mossey Library. Mossey Library also contains collections of the works of Russell Kirk and Richard Weaver, and is home to the college's Richardson Heritage room. Built in 1994, the Heritage room holds many first-edition books and rare volumes, as well as sculptures, paintings, and historical artifacts.
The college's Slayton Arboretum was officially created in 1922 when George A. Slayton and his wife donated 14 acres (5.7 ha) to the college. The arboretum was envisioned as an outdoor laboratory and field station for students and a biological garden for the community. Initial planting was with donated plants and the labor of Hillsdale students and volunteers. In 1939, Slayton Arboretum was listed as one of Michigan's Points of Interest, and up to 700 people a day visited the site.
A unique feature of the campus is the Statues of Liberty Walk, a walkway lined with depictions of well-known leaders and icons of Western culture. These include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher. A statue of Ronald Reagan was dedicated on October 7, 2011, in the centennial year of his birth. Reagan spoke at the college in 1977, stating, "Hillsdale deserves the appreciation of all who labor for freedom." On May 12, 2017, the college also dedicated a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, positioned directly across from that of Lincoln. Douglass was a guest at the college in 1863, where he gave an address titled "Popular Error and Unpopular Truth."
Hillsdale's charter prohibits any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex, and the College has been credited as the first American college to prohibit this type of discrimination in a charter. Notably, Hillsdale's football team refused to play in the 1956 Tangerine Bowl in Florida when the governing committee of the Bowl would not allow the team's black players to join the white players on the field; the committee then selected Juniata College instead.
In the early 1980s, two hundred Hillsdale students lost their federal student loans due to the college's opposition to affirmative action. The U.S. federal government had asserted that it could require colleges where students received such funding to submit Assurance of Compliance forms mandated by Title IX and Hillsdale refused compliance, claiming that affirmative action was racial discrimination. This ongoing dispute with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) intensified in 1979 when the College filed a petition for judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, asking the court to overturn a previous decision by the Reviewing Authority, Office of Civil Rights of HEW. In December 1982, the Sixth Circuit upheld Hillsdale's refusal to sign the compliance forms but also ruled that government aid to individual students could be terminated without a finding that a college actually discriminated.
In the related 1984 case, Grove City College v. Bell, the Supreme Court required every college or university to fulfill federal requirements—past and future requirements—if its students received federal aid. As a result of the court's decision, Hillsdale withdrew from all federal assistance beginning with the 1984–85 academic year; Grove City College, the defendant in that case, followed Hillsdale's lead four years later.
Beginning with the 2007–2008 academic year, Hillsdale stopped accepting Michigan state assistance, instead matching with its own aid any funds that a student would have received from the state. Since 2007, Hillsdale's entire operating budget of the college, including scholarships, comes from private funding and endowments.
In 2010, a resolution of Hillsdale's Board of Trustees asserted that both Congress and the Obama administration appeared "even more than the worst of their predecessors, bent on extending federal control over American higher education and other areas of American life."
Center for Constructive Alternatives
Hillsdale brings speakers to campus through its Center for Constructive Alternatives program. Lectures are open to the public. Speakers have included Stephen Ambrose, Benazir Bhutto, Harry Browne, Russell Kirk, Harvey Mansfield, Charles Murray, Ralph Nader, P.J. O'Rourke, Phyllis Schlafly, and Juan Williams. Lectures and speeches from the series are published monthly in Imprimis, and distributed monthly for free. First published in 1972, Imprimis has a circulation of over three million subscribers.
Barney Charter School Initiative
The college's Barney Charter School Initiative was established to support the launch of K–12 charter schools based on a classical liberal arts model, with a strong civics component to "equip students to understand and defend the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."
Hillsdale-Oxford Scholars Program
Through an affiliation with Oxford's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Oxford Study Abroad Program, Hillsdale College offers a study abroad program at Oxford University where participants participate in classes and extracurricular as associate members of one of 38 different colleges in the University.
Allan P. Kirby Center
Hillsdale operates the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. The Kirby Center also provides assistance to Hillsdale students that are participating in Washington internships and co-sponsors the James Madison Fellows Program with The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. It engages with senior-level congressional staff members who the college describes as "dedicated to making first principles the foremost consideration in public policy formation". A monthly lecture series hosted by the center is the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series, which was started in 2008. The series has included lectures by David Horowitz, Brian Kennedy, John Bolton, and Hillsdale professor Paul A. Rahe. The Kirby Center also hosts an annual Constitution Day celebration and conducts online, interactive town halls on matters related to the Constitution.
The college has a number of sports teams that compete at the NCAA Division II level, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, softball, women's swimming, track and field, cross country, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball. The college also has club teams and intramural sports that vary from year to year. The Chargers, as the Hillsdale athletics teams are known, compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
North-American Interfraternity Conference Fraternities
- Delta Tau Delta – Kappa Chapter, rechartered in 2007
- Sigma Chi – Alpha Kappa Chapter, rechartered in 1980:188
- Alpha Tau Omega – Beta Kappa Chapter, 1888
- Delta Sigma Phi – Tau Chapter, 1915
National Panhellenic Conference Sororities
- Kappa Kappa Gamma – Kappa Chapter, 1881
- Pi Beta Phi – Michigan Alpha Chapter, 1887
- Chi Omega – Rho Gamma Chapter, 1924
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Politics and law
- E. Ross Adair (1929), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana
- Chester Hardy Aldrich (1888), Governor of Nebraska and justice on the Nebraska Supreme Court
- Chris Chocola (1984), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 2nd congressional district and President of the Club for Growth
- Cyrus Cline (1876), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana
- David L. Cornwell (1964), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana
- Dan Crane (1958), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 22nd and 19th congressional districts
- Phil Crane (1952), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 8th congressional district
- Robert William Davis (1952), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th congressional district
- Solomon Robert Dresser (1865), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and founder and president of S.R. Dresser Manufacturing Co., now Dresser Industries
- Spencer O. Fisher (c. 1865), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 10th congressional district
- Albert J. Hopkins (1870), U.S. Senator from Illinois
- Henry M. Kimball (c. 1900), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 3rd congressional district
- Verner Main (1907), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan
- Spencer G. Millard (1877), Lieutenant Governor of California
- Joseph B. Moore (1879), justice on the Michigan Supreme Court
- Thomas Morrison (1997), representative for the 54th District in the Illinois General Assembly
- Aric Nesbitt (2001), member of Michigan House of Representatives (2011-2017), 66th district & House Majority Floor Leader; President Pro-Tempore, Michigan State Senate (2019-Present)
- Walter H. North (1896), justice on the Michigan Supreme Court
- Jasper Packard (c. 1853), newspaper editor and U.S. Representative from Indiana
- Katherine Timpf (2010), journalist and comedian 
- David Viviano (1994), justice on the Michigan Supreme Court
- Beth Walker (1987), justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
- Hans Zeiger (2007), author and representative for the 25th Legislative District of Washington
Military and public service
- Clinton B. Fisk (c. 1844), Civil War soldier and statesman, namesake of Fisk University and Prohibition Party candidate for president in 1888; first inductee into the Hillsdale County, Michigan Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2001
- Mary Hannah Fulton (1874), medical missionary in China
- Washington Gardner (1870), Civil War soldier and statesman
- Moses A. Luce (1866), lawyer and Medal of Honor recipient for service in the Civil War
- Erik Prince (1992), Navy SEAL and founder of Blackwater
Science and engineering
- Bion J. Arnold, pioneer in electrical engineering and mass transportation
Professional sports and athletics
- Andre Holmes (2011), wide receiver for the Denver Broncos
- Jared Veldheer (2010), offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos
- Tom Heckert (1990), former general manager for the Cleveland Browns
- Spanky McFarland (1976), college baseball coach at Northern Illinois and James Madison
- Ron Tripp (c. 1975), expert in sambo and judo and current general secretary of USA Judo
- Chester Marcol (1972), placekicker for the Green Bay Packers and Houston Oilers
- Chuck Liebrock (1967), offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Bruce McLenna (1966), halfback for the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs
- Bud Acton (c. 1964), NBA player with the San Diego Rockets
- Howard Mudd (1963), offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears and offensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Wayne Schurr (1959), relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
- Mike Lude (1948), head football coach at Colorado State University and Athletic Director at Kent State University, University of Washington, and Auburn University
- Fred Knorr (1937), radio executive and part-owner of the Detroit Tigers
- Lynn Bell (1906), minor-league professional baseball player and college football coach
Academia and scholarship
- Elizebeth Friedman (1910), pioneer in cryptology
- Peter Leeson (2001), economist
- Robert P. Murphy (1998), economist and author
- Manuel Ayau (1973), Guatemalan-born politician, humanitarian, and founder of the "Universidad Francisco Marroquín"
- Gennady Stolyarov II (2008), libertarian and transhumanist writer
- Michael Anton, former senior national security official in the Trump administration
- Larry P. Arnn, educator and political scientist
- Michael Bauman, theologian
- Bradley J. Birzer, History professor and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies.
- Ronald J. Pestritto, Graduate Dean and Professor of Politics.
- Paul A. Rahe, historian
- Gary L. Wolfram, economist and public policy analyst
Visiting faculty and fellows
- Victor Davis Hanson, classicist and war historian
- D.G. Hart, religious and social historian
- Mark Helprin, novelist and intelligence expert
- Carl F.H. Henry, theologian
- David McCullough, historian
- Madsen Pirie, British researcher, author, and educator
- Mark Steyn, journalist
- Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- John Jay Butler, Free Will Baptist theologian
- Allan C. Carlson, historian
- Ransom Dunn, dean and professor emeritus
- Clark Durant, educator, Senate candidate, co-founder of Cornerstone Schools (Michigan) and Imprimis
- Richard Ebeling, Austrian School economist
- Burton Folsom, economic historian
- Sir Martin Gilbert, official biographer of Winston Churchill and twentieth-century historian
- Daniel McBride Graham, abolitionist, inventor
- Russell Kirk, conservative writer
- Madsen Pirie, British researcher and former visitor in philosophy and logic
- Frank "Muddy" Waters, College Football Hall of Fame inductee
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