Missouri Valley College

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Missouri Valley College
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PresidentBonnie L. Humphrey
Location, ,

39°06′29″N 93°11′26″W / 39.10807°N 93.19044°W / 39.10807; -93.19044Coordinates: 39°06′29″N 93°11′26″W / 39.10807°N 93.19044°W / 39.10807; -93.19044
CampusRural, 150 acres (60.7 ha)
ColorsPurple and Orange[1]
AffiliationsPresbyterian Church (USA)
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Missouri Valley College is a private liberal arts college that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and located in Marshall, Missouri. The college was founded in 1889 and supports 40 academic majors and an enrollment close to 1,800 students.[2] Missouri Valley College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Missouri Valley College was founded in 1889. The history of Missouri Valley College began during a conference at Sarcoxie, Missouri, on October 27, 1874 where the representatives of the several Presbyterian synods in the state of Missouri met to discuss founding the school. The school is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Located in America's heartland, Missouri Valley College today is a vibrant center of higher learning with growing national and global outreach, a destination for students from all fifty states and some forty foreign countries.

The college's original building, Old Main or Baity Hall (Old Main was renamed to honor the Rev. Dr. George P. Baity, an early graduate and president of the Board of Trustees from 1918 to 1947) was built in 1889 as a sprawling three-storey brick building with towers, turrets, gables, and Gothic adornments in the Victorian style of the era. It housed all functions of the College: classrooms, offices, gymnasiums for men and women, a chapel, dining hall, library, museum, dorms, and laboratories. Still presiding over the campus today, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places National Register of Historic Places. The Victorian era building is notable for its beautiful wooden staircase, vaulted wooden ceilings and stained glass windows located throughout the building, most notably on the third floor.

The history of the College is told by the large room on the south wing's third floor. Cruciform in shape with glass windows and vaulted wooden ceilings, it has served as a chapel and gymnasium. Renovated in the summer of 2002, it now serves a student success or "Learning Center" while still maintaining the rich history.

In 1890 students planted 1,200 evergreen and deciduous trees on the campus. The arboretum boasts magnificent specimens of many species, including ginkgo biloba trees, American chestnuts, a sycamore, and the state's largest catalpa tree, which stands 89 feet high and 215 inches around with a crown spread of 65 feet


  • Dr. William H. Black, 1890–1926
  • Dr. George H. Mack, 1927–1938
  • Dr. Thomas H. Bibb, 1938–1943
  • Dr. J. Ray Cable, 1944–1948
  • Dr. H. Roe Bartle, 1948–1950
  • Dr. M. Earle Collins, 1951–1968
  • Dr. W. L. Tompkins, 1968–1974
  • Dr. Donald C. Ziemke, 1975–1979
  • Dr. Robert J. Glass, 1979–1983
  • Dr. Earl J. Reeves, 1983–1994
  • Dr. J. Kenneth Bryant, 1994–2001
  • Dr. Chadwick B. Freeman, 2001–2004
  • Dr. Bonnie L. Humphrey, 2005–present