|Motto||"Intrare Libris, Dispartire Servire"|
Motto in English
|"Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve"|
|Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina|
33°56′18″N 80°20′45″W / 33.9383°N 80.3457°W
|Campus||33 acres (13.4 ha), 24 buildings|
|Colors||Blue & Gold|
|NAIA – Continental|
Morris College (MC) is a private, Baptist historically black college in Sumter, South Carolina. It was founded and is operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.
Morris College was founded in 1908 by James J. Durham, initially as a grade school, high school, and college. The college is named after the Reverend Frank Morris because of his outstanding leadership throughout the African American community of South Carolina. The college's first president was Dr. Edward M. Brawley (1908–1912). Morris College awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1915 under the administration of the college's second president Dr. John Jacob Starks. The college's third president was Ira David Pinson, who steered the college to expansion during the Great Depression.
The college's longest-serving president was Dr. Luns C. Richardson, who served from 1974 to July 2017. The current president is Dr. Leroy Staggers, who formerly served as the college's academic dean.
Morris College offers bachelor's degrees in 20 areas of study. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award four different types of bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education.
To effectively accomplish the purpose and philosophy of Morris College, its academic programs are organized into five academic divisions which oversee their respective departments.
Division of General Studies
- The Division of General Studies allows students to develop a solid academic foundation before entering their major fields.
- Honors Program
Division of Business Administration
- Business Administration
- Organizational Management Program
Division of Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
Division of Religion, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Mass Communications
- Pastoral Ministry
- Christian Education
- Liberal Studies
- English/Secondary Education
- Criminal Justice
- Political Science
- Social Studies/Secondary Education
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Biology/Secondary Education
- Mathematics/Secondary Education
Greek letter organizations
The university currently has chapters for eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority||ΑΚΑ||Nu Gamma||ΝΓ|
|Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity||ΑΦΑ||Xi Epsilon||ΞΕ|
|Delta Sigma Theta sorority||ΔΣΘ||Xi Rho||ΞΡ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity||ΚΑΨ||Lambda Epsilon||ΛΕ|
|Omega Psi Phi fraternity||ΩΨΦ||Epsilon Lambda||ΕΛ|
|Phi Beta Sigma fraternity||ΦΒΣ||Iota Zeta||ΙΖ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho sorority||ΣΓΡ||Iota Eta||IH|
|Zeta Phi Beta sorority||ΖΦΒ||Pi Theta||ΠΘ|
The Morris athletics teams are called the Hornets. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an independent within the Continental Athletic Conference since the 2005–06 academic year. The Hornets previously competed in the defunct Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC) from 1983–84 to 2004–05 (when the conference dissolved).
Morris competes in six intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, softball and volleyball.
|Dr. Leroy Bowman||1940||One of the original Tuskegee Airmen|||
|Laura Hall||1965||Politician; member of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 19th district|||
|Herman Harris||1963||Participant in the Freedom Rides|||
|James T. McCain||Sumter County Council Vice Chairman; civil rights activist; local president of CORE; participated in Freedom Rides|||
|Arthenia J. Bates Millican||1941||Educator and author, protégée of Langston Hughes|||
|Jerry Moore||1963||Participant in the Freedom Rides|||
|Mae Francis Moultrie||1961||Participant in the Freedom Rides|||
|J. David Weeks||1975||Politician; member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 51st district; serves on the Judiciary Committee and was chair of the Legislative Black Caucus|||
|Stephen Middleton||1976||Scholar/Historian, Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State University; graduate of the Ohio State University (M.A., 1977) and Miami University of Ohio (Ph.D. in History, 1987)|||
|James Solomon Jr.||?||Civil Rights Activist/Mathematics Scholar; Professor Emeritus, Morris College; one of three African American students to integrate the University of South Carolina in 1963.|||
- ^ Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina
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