Southwestern Christian College

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Southwestern Christian College
TypePrivate, HBCU
Established1948
AffiliationChurches of Christ
PresidentDr. Ervin D. Seamster, Jr.
Location, ,
United States
Websitewww.swcc.edu

Southwestern Christian College (SwCC) is a private, historically black Christian college in Terrell, Texas.

History[edit]

SwCC was founded in 1948 by the educator and minister G. P. Bowser under the name Southern Bible Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. The initial class consisted of 45 students.

School officials intended to buy property in Fort Worth to erect a permanent school plant. In the summer of 1949, the school had the opportunity to purchase the property of the closed Texas Military College in Terrell. It did so and relocated the campus that fall, changing the name of the college. The First President was E.W McMillan from 1950–53, having H.L Barber and A.V Isbell succeeding him. The Fourth President was Dr.Jack Evans, Sr begin the first black and longest serving president in the school's history. His tenure was from 1967 to 2016. He was one of the longest serving college presidents in the United States.

The campus includes two locally significant historic buildings:

  • the first dwelling erected in Terrell, an octagonal-shaped house designed to provide better defense against Indian attacks. (Built by the first Terrell in town, it was called a "Round House.") The house was fitted with the first glass windows in Kaufman County, Texas. It is one of only 20 surviving Round Houses in the entire nation.
  • the Administration Building, which originally housed all of the Texas Military College which burned down in 2008. It was built by W. B. Toone. His wife was born to a family who lived in the Terrell Round House.

SwCC became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1973. It is accredited to award Associate and Bachelor-level degrees.

Athletics[edit]

SwCC participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 5 as a Division I program.

SwCC participates in volleyball, basketball (men's and women's), and track (men's and women's). The school colors are blue and white and the school mascot is the ram.

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