|Virginia Christian College|
|Motto||Above and Beyond|
|Affiliation||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)|
|Endowment||US $80.7 million|
|President||Kenneth R. Garren|
|157 full time|
|Location||Lynchburg, Virginia, United States|
|Colors||Crimson and Grey|
Lynchburg College is a private college in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, related by covenant to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Princeton Review lists it as one of the 368 best colleges in the nation. LC is cited in Colleges That Change Lives and is also profiled in The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. Lynchburg College was also the first institution in the United States to train nuclear physicists and engineers for the NS Savannah project under order of President Eisenhower, to aid in the development and operation of the world's first nuclear-powered ship.
Lynchburg College was founded in 1903 as Virginia Christian College by Dr. Josephus Hopwood as a selective, independent, coeducational, and residential institution, which has a historical and current relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Sarah Eleanor LaRue Hopwood, his wife and professional colleague, shared his vision and they worked together to establish the College. The instition officially changed its name to Lynchburg College in 1919, citing a constituency that had expanded beyond Virginia. Hopwood was president of Milligan College in Tennessee when a group of ministers and businessmen approached him about establishing a college in Lynchburg. A key to the founding was that Westover Hotel, a failed resort, was available for sale. When Hopwood agreed to serve, they purchased the resort for $13,500, resulting in Lynchburg's current campus.
The College has maintained its original commitment to a liberal arts education. Beginning with 11 faculty and 55 students, the College has grown to 159 full-time faculty and 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. The College offers 39 majors, 49 minors, two dual-degree programs, the Westover Honors Program, and offers graduate degrees in Masters of Arts, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Education, and Masters of Science in Nursing as well as Doctorate programs in Physical Therapy and Educational Leadership. Lynchburg College has more than 20,000 alumni.
The Lynchburg College hymn was written by alumnus Paul E. Waters. Its melody was taken from JS Bach's "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" Op. 135a, No. 21. The college fight song includes the phrase, "Hornet Born and Hornet Bred and when I die I'll be Hornet dead."
In the fall of 1994,a few months after Intel had introduced its Pentium microprocessor, Dr. Thomas R. Nicely, from Lynchburg College, was doing computations related to the distribution of prime numbers and discovered the Pentium FDIV bug. Dr. Nicely left Lynchburg College in 2000.
In 1997, Dr. Leonard Edelman was denied tenure by then-Dean of the College and he filed a lawsuit against the college for religious and gender discrimination. However, the filing was made beyond the allowable limit as provided for by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Edelmen filed a petition for re-consideration, and his lawsuit went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled against his extension request, and not on the merit of his tenure-denial claim.
Community outreach remains a tradition of the College, through initiatives of its eight Centers of Lynchburg College and the SERVE program, through which 98,000 volunteer hours are contributed annually by students, faculty, and staff.
Campus and Campus Life
Lynchburg College is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, about 180 miles southwest of Washington D.C., in the Central Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It occupies 250 acres (1.0 km2) in Lynchburg and has a separate environmental research center on 470 acres (1.9 km2), the Claytor Nature Study Center, located about 40 minutes from campus. Most students live on campus and in nearby college-owned houses.
Lynchburg College has over 40 clubs & organizations for students to participate in. Examples of organization types include Greek life, student government, spiritual life, volunteer organizations, leadership programs, and publications.
Fraternity life began on the Lynchburg College campus in 1962, with the arrival of Sigma Mu Sigma, whose Sigma Chapter was active until disbanded in the mid 1980s. Fraternities and sororities appeared on campus again in 1992. All official Greek houses are located on Vernon Street, and are currently owned by the college. LC is 17% Greek. Listed below are the chapters of the social fraternities and sororities that comprise Greek life at LC.
|Phi Delta Theta||ΦΔΘ||Phi Delt||Virginia Theta|
|Phi Kappa Tau||ΦΚΤ||Phi Tau||Zeta Epsilon|
|Sigma Nu||ΣΝ||Sig Nu||Mu Chi|
|Sigma Phi Epsilon||ΣΦΕ||Sig Ep||Virginia Omicron|
|Alpha Chi Omega||ΑXΩ||A Chi O||Iota Omicron|
|Alpha Sigma Alpha||ΑΣΑ||ASA||Zeta Upsilon|
|Kappa Delta||ΚΔ||KD||Zeta Nu|
|Sigma Sigma Sigma||ΣΣΣ||Tri-Sigma||Eta Upsilon|
National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑKΑ||AKA||Omicron Sigma|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦA||Alphas||Sigma Pi|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Deltas||Eta Upsilon|
The Lynchburg College Hornets participate in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Hornets program offers eight men’s sports, nine women’s sports, and two co-ed sports. Since joining the ODAC, the Hornets have recorded 148 conference titles. Lynchburg College is one of the stronger competitors at ODAC. The Hornets have won many ODAC championships throughout their history; the most recent came in 2010 for men’s indoor and outdoor track and field.Traditionally its baseball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, and track and field teams compete at a high level in conference play.
In 2015 the Lynchburg lacrosse ODAC champions made their first appearance in the NCAA Division III post season with wins over Sewanee (13-4), Aurora University (19-8) and Salisbury University (13-11) at home before traveling to Gettysburg College for a thrilling come-from-behind 11-9 semi-final win. The Hornets then lost to Tufts University, a school 5 times larger, in the championship game of the NCAA Division III Title Tournament 19-11. The contest was held at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.  This remarkable achievement brought much more attention to the entire athletic program.
Lynchburg College also fields an exceptional men's rugby union team, which operates under the club sports department rather than the athletic department. Founded in 2010, and a member of USA Rugby, Lynchburg College Rugby Football Club competes in the Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference as a National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) team, competing in the Challenge Cup portion of the league. They compete regularly against schools such as Roanoke College, Emory and Henry College, Christopher Newport University and Hampden-Sydney College.
Lynchburg College has both a President and a Board of Trustees, which currently consists of 37 individuals. The Board of Trustees' role in administration is the "fundamental oversight of the College."
|Dr. Josephus Hopwood||1903–1911|
|Dr. S.T. Willis||1911–1912|
|Mr. G.O. Davis||1912–1914|
|Mr. Matthew Clark (Acting)||1914–1915|
|Dr. John T. Hundley||1915–1936|
|Dr. Riley B. Montgomery||1936–1949|
|Dr. Orville W. Wake '32||1949–1964|
|Dr. M. Carey Brewer '49||1964–1983|
|Dr. George N. Rainsford||1983–1993|
|Dr. Charles O. Warren||1993–2001|
|Dr. Kenneth R. Garren||2001–present|
Dr. Kenneth R. Garren began his tenure as the tenth president of Lynchburg College in 2001. A former vice president and dean of Roanoke College, Garren led Lynchburg College through its 2003 centennial celebration and initiatives such as a strategic plan, campus facilities master planning, building projects (including Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall), and restoration work on College Lake. Recently, the college finished multimillion dollar renovations of Shellenberger Field and Drysdale Student Center.
|Name||Known for||Relationship to Lynchburg College|
|John Hobbs||Former Major League Baseball Player for Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners||BA, 1978,|
|Bob Duff||Senator - State of Connecticut||BA, 1993, Sigma Phi Epsilon|
|Jerry Falwell||Founder of Liberty University||Journalism student before transferring to Bible Baptist College.|
|Whit Haydn||Magician, entertainer||BA, 1972|
|Deirdre Quinn||Actress||1993 BA in Theatre|
|Jessamine Shumate||Artist and painter||Attended art classes during 1940s|
|Brad Babcock||College baseball coach and administrator||BA, 1963|
|Ryan Cranston||Former Major League Lacrosse Player ||Graduate|
|Percy Wootton||Former president of the American Medical Association ||Graduate|
|Franklin P. Hall||Virginia House of Delegates ||Graduate|
|Robert A. McKee||Former Representative for Maryland House of Delegates||B.A. in political science in 1971|
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