Johnson C. Smith University
Seal of Johnson C. Smith University
|Biddle Memorial Institute
Motto in English
|Let There Be Light|
|Presbyterian Church (USA)|
|Endowment||$51.1 million (Beneficiary of the Duke Endowment, 1924)|
|President||Clarence D. Armbrister|
|Location||Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Campus||Urban 105 acres|
|Colors||Gold and Navy blue
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
track and field
|Mascot||The Golden Bull|
Biddle Memorial Hall, Johnson C. Smith University
|Location||Beatties Ford Rd. and W. Trade St., Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP reference #||75001281|
|Added to NRHP||October 14, 1975|
Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is a private, co-ed, historically black four-year research university in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE). The school awards Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work, degrees to its graduates.
Johnson C. Smith University was established on April 7, 1867 as the Biddle Memorial Institute at a meeting of the Catawba Presbytery in the old Charlotte Presbyterian Church. Mary D. Biddle, a churchwoman, donated $1,400 to the school. In appreciation of this first contribution, friends requested Mrs. Biddle to name the newly established school after her late husband, Henry Biddle. Two ministers, Samuel C. Alexander and Willis L. Miller, saw the need for a school in the south and after the birth of the school they were elected as some of the first teachers. Its coordinate women's school was Scotia Seminary (now Barber-Scotia College).
In 1876, the charter was changed by the legislature of the State of North Carolina and the name became Biddle University, under which name the institution operated until 1923.
In 1891, Biddle University elected Daniel J. Sanders as the first African-American as President of a four-year institute in the south.
From 1921 to 1922, Jane Berry Smith donated funds to build a theological dormitory, a science hall, a teachers' cottage and a memorial gate. She also provided an endowment for the institution in memory of her late husband, Johnson C. Smith. Up until her death she donated funds for five more buildings and a campus church. In recognition of these generous benefactions, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the institution to Johnson C. Smith University. The charter of the school, accordingly, was amended on March 1, 1923, by the legislature of the State of North Carolina.
In 1924, James B. Duke established the Duke Endowment. While the largest share of that the endowment's earnings are allocated to support Duke University, Duke's donation required that 4% of its earnings be given to the university. Over the years, this share of the Endowment's distributions has exceeded $90 million.
In 1932, the university's charter was amended, providing for the admission of women. The 65-year-old institution for men then became partially coeducational. The first residence hall for women, named in memory of James B. Duke, was dedicated in 1940. In 1941, women were admitted to the freshman class. In 1942, the university was a fully coeducational institution.
JCSU joined the United Negro College Fund in 1944 as a founding member. This fund was organized primarily to help church-related schools of higher learning to revamp their training programs, to expand their physical plants, to promote faculty growth and to create new areas of service.
|1884–1885||William Alexander Holliday|
|1886–1891||William F. Johnson|
|1891–1907||Daniel J. Sanders|
|1907–1947||Henry Lawrence McCrorey|
|1956–1957||James W. Seabrook|
|1957–1968||Rufus P. Perry|
|1994–2008||Dorothy Cowser Yancy|
|2008–2018||Ronald L. Carter|
|2018-Present||Clarence D. Armbrister|
Johnson C. Smith University offers 24 degree options for undergraduates and one graduate degree. Students earn their degree through one of three colleges – the College of Arts and Letters, the College of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the College of Professional Studies.
The Robert L. Albright Honors College is available to qualified high-achieving undergraduate students at JCSU. The college is named after the 11th president of the university.
Metropolitan College offers undergraduate adult degree programs for adults that enhance their opportunities for career advancement and success. Metropolitan College provides adults with flexible, convenient schedules and a variety of course styles including on-campus and online courses, as well as our Flex-Option for courses that include both online and in-class instruction. Metropolitan College offers evening programs for adults in Criminology, Social Work and Business Administration.
Johnson C. Smith University offers a 3+3 partnership with Charlotte School of Law. Students complete 3 years at Johnson C. Smith and then enroll in law school, completing both a bachelor's degree and JD in 6 years.
Subjects are arranged under the following Colleges:
- College of Arts and Letters
- Communication Arts
- Interdisciplinary Studies (Minors in Philosophy, Global Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Religion)
- Music (Concentrations in Music Performance, Music Business and Technology, or Sacred Music)
- Political Science
- Psychology (Concentrations in Clinical, Biomedical, or Developmental Psychology)
- Social Science
- Visual and Performing Arts (Concentrations in Dance, Film, Graphic Art, Sound Art, Studio Art, or Theatre)
- College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science/Information Systems
- Information Systems Engineering
- General Science
- Mathematics (Concentrations in Pre-Mathematical Finance
- Mathematics Education
- College of Professional Studies
- Business Administration
- Community Health
- Elementary Education
- Health Education
- Physical Education
- Social Work
- Sport Management
- Master of Social Work Program
Due to its location near downtown Charlotte, NC, there are many social and cultural activities for JCSU students and faculty to enjoy, including professional sporting events, theater/movies, concerts, art exhibits, bands, chorale, poetry readings, and dance, among others.
Fraternities and sororities
All of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Johnson C. Smith University. These organizations are:
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Alpha Omicron||ΑΟ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Alpha Epsilon||ΑΕ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Rho||Ρ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Alpha Epsilon||ΑΕ|
|Iota Phi Theta||ΙΦΘ||Beta Theta||ΒΘ|
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Gamma Delta||ΓΔ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Gamma Lambda||ΓΛ|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Kappa||Κ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Beta Upsilon||ΒΥ|
Other organizations include:
|Tau Beta Sigma||ΤΒΣ||Eta Omicron||ΗΟ|
|Kappa Kappa Psi||ΚΚΨ||Theta Mu||ΘΜ|
|Alpha Phi Omega||ΑΦΩ||Delta Phi||ΔΦ|
|Lambda Theta Alpha||ΛΘΑ||Zeta Theta||ΖΘ|
|Lambda Theta Phi||ΛΘΦ||NC Colony 2|
Student-athletes compete in intercollegiate and intramural athletics.
JCSU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Its intercollegiate sports programs include basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field. Its teams are nicknamed the Golden Bulls.
|Trezzvant Anderson||was an American journalist, publicist, and war correspondent.|
|Frederick C. Branch||1942||first African American officer in the United States Marine Corps|
|Tyrone Britt||1967||former NBA player who played for the 1967-1968 San Diego Rockets.|
|Eva M. Clayton||1955||Clayton and Mel Watt were the first African Americans elected to the House of Representatives from North Carolina since 1898 (since Clayton won the special election, she took office before Watt).|
|Gregory Clifton||was an NFL Player with the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers|
|Dorothy Counts||1964||was one of the first black students admitted to the Harry Harding High School in the United States. After four days of harassment that threatened her safety, her parents forced her to withdraw from the school.|
|Grover Covington||was a Canadian Football League defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He often led the league in quarterback sacks and was a division All-Star seven times. He won the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player once and also led the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup victory in 1986. He finished his career with 157 sacks, a CFL record. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.|
|Sadye Curry||1963||is the first African-American woman to become a gastroenterologist in the United States.|
|Charlie S. Dannelly||1962||is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-eighth Senate district since 1995.|||
|Bill Davis||1963||legendary college football coach.|
|De'Audra Dix||2009||2008 Division II 1st Team All-American. He plays for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. He was the starting cornerback when the Alouettes won back-to-back Canadian Football League Grey Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010.|
|Edward R. Dudley||1932||from the Gainsboro neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia, was the first African-American to hold the rank of Ambassador of the United States, serving as ambassador to Liberia (where he had been serving with the rank of minister) from 1949 through 1953.|
|Bill Dusenbery||American football player|
|Thereasea Elder||was the first African American public health nurse in Charlotte, North Carolina.|
|Richard Erwin||1947||In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Erwin as the first black federal judge in North Carolina.|
|Ferdinand Kwasi Fiawoo||1933||was a Ghanaian minister of religion, playwright and educator, founder of Zion College, the first secondary school in Ghana's Volta Region.|
|Malcolm Graham||1985||is a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate, representing District 40.|
|Leford Green||2011||Division II Collegiate Indoor and Outdoor Regional and National Track Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Green was a member of the 2012 Summer Olympics Jamaican National Olympic Track and Field team.|
|Chet Grimsley||1978||recognized as the first Euro-American to garner accolades as All-CIAA and All-American at JCSU and at an HBCU. Author of "White Golden Bull."|
|Larry D. Hall||1978||is an American politician from Durham, North Carolina. A Democrat, he has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives as the member from North Carolina’s 29th representative district since 2006. Hall was appointed to the position in 2006 by then Governor Mike Easley and won reelection in 2008.|
|Reginald Hawkins||1973||was the first African-American to run for Governor of North Carolina.|
|Henry Aaron Hill||1936||was an American fluorocarbon chemist who became the first African American president of the American Chemical Society (ACS).|
|Cheris F. Hodges||1999||author of African American romance novels.|
|Sara Dunlap Jackson||National Archives and Records Administration archivist, Military Archives Division.|
|Benny Johnson||1970||NFL player who played 5 seasons as a cornerback and a kick returner.|
|Edward Joyner||1994||is the current head men's basketball coach at Hampton University. During the 2010-2011 season, he led Hampton with a 24-9 record and helped lead the team to the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament where they lost to Duke, 87-45.|
|Boise Kimber||1981||is an American Baptist minister and civil rights activist.|
|Earl Manigault||a Rucker Park legend. Attended JCSU for one semester during 1964–65 school year.|
|Eddie McGirt||1948||a CIAA football coach legend.|
|Fred "Curly" Neal||1962||former member of the Harlem Globetrotters|
|Pettis Norman||1962||tight end with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers. He is on the top-50 greatest Dallas Cowboys of All-Time. The school's annual award given to the outstanding student-athlete bears his name.|
|Trevin Parks||2013||is an American professional basketball player for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.|
|Obie Patterson||1965||former member, Maryland House of Delegates|
|Don Pullen||jazz pianist and organist|
|Zilner Randolph||jazz trumpeter and music educator|
|James "Twiggy" Sanders||1974||Harlem Globetrotters member|
|Gary Siplin||1976||politician, Member of the Florida Senate from the 19th district. Siplin sponsored a letter to Governor Rick Scott proposing a Special Prosecutor over the Trayvon Martin case. The governor ultimately decided it was in the best interest of the community to elect a Special Prosecutor to the case|
|Marvin Scott||1966||Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Indiana in 2004|
|Chris Smith||1992||is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the 31st District, which includes eastern Broward County since 2012.|
|Clarence F. Stephens||1938||Ninth African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics|
|John Taylor||attended JCSU for one year before he transferred to Delaware State University. He was a member of the 49ers teams that won Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX. He was also a 2xPro Bowler.|
|Steel Arm Johnny Taylor||was a pitcher and played in professional pre-league and Negro league baseball from 1903 to 1925|
|Evelyn Terry||is an American politician.|
|John Terry||Canadian Football League All-Star offensive tackle. Spent his first two college years (1986 and 1987) in Johnson C. Smith University|
|Sandra L. Townes||1966||District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York|
|Skeets Tolbert||Jazz clarinetist|
|Faya Ora Rose Touré||1969||is an American civil rights activist and lawyer. She was the first black female judge in Alabama.|
|Avon Williams||1940||Tennessee State Senator from 1972 to 1992|
|Danielle Williams||2014||is a Jamaican athlete specialising in the sprint hurdles. She is best known for winning the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships.|
|Shermaine Williams||2011||Jamaican track & field sprinter. First female from Johnson C. Smith University to go to Summer Olympics 2012|
|Draff Young||was a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach.|
|Kelly Alexander||Professor||is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly.|
|Henry A. Hunt||Professor||winner of the Spingarn Medal award. In the 1930s Hunt was invited to participate in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Black Cabinet.|
|Edward Jackson||Football Coach||one of the greatest HBCU football coaches of all-time. His all-time coaching record is 141–62–12. His record at JCSU is 30–14–4.|
|Jimmie McKee||Contributor||he was the founder of Johnson C. Smith University athletic booster program the 100 Club. He became a successful Charlotte businessman, contributing to Johnson C Smith University, NAACP, Colored NC Police Association, Democratic Party and YMCA.|
|Mike Minter||Football Assistant coach||former NFL safety for the Carolina Panthers|
|Steve Wilks||Football Assistant coach||Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.|
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