Howard Payne University
|Motto||Believe, Belong, Become|
|Established||June 20, 1889|
|Affiliation||Baptist General Convention of Texas|
|Endowment||$62.7 million (2019)|
|Colors||Navy blue and Old gold|
Howard Payne University is a private Baptist university in Brownwood, Texas. The university is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. It is named after Edward Howard Payne, a Missouri resident who gave the lead monetary gift to start the university.
Founding and history
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Baptist leaders in Brown County saw a need for a Baptist institution of higher education. In 1889, Howard Payne College opened for its first semester. Two years later, HPU became sister schools with Baptist school Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Late nineteenth-century travelers found travel methods unreliable at best and placed themselves at risk of attack from American Indians of the Comanche tribe native to the area. Texas recorded its last Indian attack in the early twentieth century near Santa Anna, Texas.
Daniel Baker College, a Presbyterian institution, began operation near the time local Baptists founded Howard Payne. Ironically, DBC backers began construction on a piece of land directly behind where Howard Payne's Old Main Hall would stand and eventually moved the foundation to the NE corner of Austin and Coggin Avenues. DBC and Howard Payne merged in 1953 after DBC fell into financial difficulties, and after extensive renovation, DBC's main building became the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom building in 1969.
After initial financial difficulties related to the 1890s financial panic, Howard Payne joined the system of colleges and universities funded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The BGCT operated Howard Payne as a junior college from 1900 until 1914, when it regained four-year status.
Dr. Thomas Taylor took office as university president in 1929 shortly before the stock market crash began the Great Depression. Taylor kept Howard Payne open when other rural, private colleges failed by challenging faculty members to work without pay and house students in their homes without compensation. At the end of the faculty prayer meeting in which Taylor issued the challenge, most faculty members tore up their contracts and agreed to work without pay until the college began operating in the black.
Taylor's successor, Guy D. Newman, took office in 1955 and before retiring from the post in 1973, created the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom and built most of the campus buildings still in use today.
In 1974, the BGCT recognized Howard Payne's broad academic scope and approved a name change in the school's charter, from "Howard Payne College" to "Howard Payne University."
In 1984, Old Main Hall, the building symbolic of HPU, burned to the ground during finals week. Although the Brownwood Fire Department headquarters sit across the street from the HPU campus, a prank caller phoned in a false alarm in Bangs, a small town 8 miles from the Brownwood city limits, to which the department responded. Before the crews could return to Brownwood, fire completely consumed the 95-year-old building.
- Dr. A. J. Emerson 1890 -1893
- Dr. John D. Robnett 1893- 1896
- Dr. James H. Grove 1896- 1908
- Dr. John S. Humphreys (Acting President) 1908–1910
- Dr. Robert H. Hamilton 1910–1911
- Dr. John S. Humphreys 1911–1913
- Dr. James M. Carroll 1913–1914
- Dr. Anderson E. Baten (Vice President & Acting President) 1915–1917
- Dr. Judson A. Tolman 1917–1919
- Dr. L. J. Mims 1919–1922
- Dr. William R. Hornburg (Vice President & Acting President) 1922–1923
- Dr. Edgar Godbold 1923–1929
- Dr. Thomas H. Taylor 1929–1955
- Dr. Guy D. Newman 1955–1973
- Dr. Roger Brooks 1973–1979
- Dr. Charles A. Stewart (Chief Executive officer) 1979–1980
- Dr. Ralph A. Phelps, Jr. 1980–1985
- Dr. Don Newbury 1985–1997
- Dr. Rick Gregory 1997–2002
- Dr. Russell H. Dilday (Interim President) 2002- 2003
- Dr. Lanny Hall 2003–2009
- Dr. William Ellis 2009–2018
- Dr. Paul Armes (Interim President) 2018-2019
- Dr. Cory Hines 2019–present
|Men's Sports||Women's Sports|
National Championship teams
Student elected organizations
- Student Government Association
- Alpha Delta Kappa
- Alpha Psi Omega
- Chi Alpha Omega sorority
- Delta Chi Rho
- Delta Omicron (Co-ed International Music Fraternity) Inactive
- Iota Chi Alpha
- Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity)
- Delta Epsilon Omega
- Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band Sorority)
- Zeta Chi
- International Student Association
- Student Activity Council
- Student Foundation
- Beta Beta Beta
- Pi Gamma Mu
- Social Work Club
- Student Speaker Bureau
- Moot Court
- Model UN
- Athletic Organizations
- HPU Yellow Jacket Band
- Student Foundations
- Jacket Ambassadors
- Baptist Student Ministry
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- La Hora Bautista
- Ministerial Alliance
- Athletes in Action
- Coffey Anderson, singer.
- Cynthia Clawson, who is a multiple Dove Award and Grammy Award winning contemporary Christian music artist.
- Keith Crawford, NFL player.
- Ronnie Floyd, president and chief executive officer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (since 2019) and president of the Southern Baptist Convention (2014–2016).
- Ken Gray, NFL Pro Bowl player.
- Slim Harriss, Major League Baseball player.
- Ray Hildebrand, half of the duo of Paul & Paula. Jill Jackson (Paula) also attended Howard Payne but did not graduate.
- Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian.
- Ray Jacobs, four-time NFL All-Star.
- Jim Reese, mayor of Odessa from 1968 to 1974.
- Ken Sanders, NFL player.
- J. D. Sheffield, Republican state representative from Coryell County since 2013; a physician in Gatesville, Texas.
- Blackie Sherrod (1941), The Dallas Morning News sportswriter.
- Joe Simpson, American music manager and reality television producer, and the father of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson.
- George E. "Buddy" West, Republican state representative from Odessa, 1993—2008.
- Bob Young, NFL All-Pro player.
- As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
- "Edgar Godbold". lahistory.org. Archived from the original on 2009-11-23. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
- Staff. "Dilday filling in at Howard Payne", Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 16, 2002. Accessed January 17, 2009.
- Howard Payne Football records Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Blackie Sherrod, The Dallas Morning News, Class of 2011 – Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame.
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