Trevecca Nazarene University

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Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University seal.png
Seal of Trevecca Nazarene University
Former names
Literary and Bible Training School for Christian Workers (1901-1911), Trevecca College (1911-1934), Trevecca Nazarene College (1934-1995)
Motto Esse quam videri
Motto in English
"To be, rather than to seem"
Type Private
Established 1901
Affiliation Nazarene
Endowment US $22.3 million[1]
President Dan Boone
Students 2,406 fall 2013
Undergraduates 1,492 fall 2013
Postgraduates 914 fall 2013
Location Nashville, Tennessee, United States
36°08′34″N 86°45′11″W / 36.142680°N 86.753110°W / 36.142680; -86.753110Coordinates: 36°08′34″N 86°45′11″W / 36.142680°N 86.753110°W / 36.142680; -86.753110
Campus Urban
Colors Purple and white         
Athletics NCAA Division II (G-MAC)
Sports 15 intercollegiate sports
Nickname Trojans
Mascot Troy Trevecca
Affiliations CCCU, SACS
Trevecca Nazarene University logo.png

Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) is a private Christian liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.


The Waggoner Library

TNU was founded in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan as the "Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School".[2] Part of the Pentecostal Alliance,[3] it started offering bachelor's degrees in 1910, and the school's name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911,[3] after the Coleg Trefeca in Wales. The school was located in downtown Nashville until 1914, when it was moved to East Nashville on Gallatin Road. In 1917, the campus suffered a disastrous fire, and its students and faculty temporarily transferred to Ruskin Cave College.[4] That same year, the school became an official college of the Church of the Nazarene, in order to save itself financially.[5] Shortly after it had become a Nazarene institution, it absorbed the Southeastern Nazarene College of Georgia but still found itself in bankruptcy and forced to sell its campus by 1932.[2]

After occupying a temporary space on the former campus of the defunct Walden University on White's Creek, it was unable to buy the property and relocated to the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, taking on the name Trevecca Nazarene College (TNC) in 1934.[2] In 1935, the college moved back to its present location on Murfreesboro Pike in southeast Nashville, where it once again leased and then took over the 7-acre campus of Walden University in 1937.[6] President A. B. Mackey bought an adjoining 40-acre (160,000 m2) plot for himself and later transferred it to the college.[2] It was first accredited in 1969 and began offering master's degrees in 1984. In 1995, the school's name was changed from Trevecca Nazarene College to Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU). In 1999, Trevecca offered its first doctoral degree (an EdD), and in 2011, added its first PhD degree (in clinical counseling).[7]


TNU is one of eight U.S. liberal arts colleges[8] affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.[9] TNU is the college for the "Southeast Region" of the United States,[10] comprising the Kentucky, MidSouth, East Tennessee, Alabama North, Alabama South, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Southern Florida districts, which include Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and part of Kentucky.[11] Each college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region; part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college or university is also bound by a gentlemen's agreement not to physically recruit outside its respective "educational region."[12] TNU has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969.[13]


Trevecca has a 65+ acre campus in an urban neighborhood environment, located about 3 miles from downtown Nashville.[14] The campus of Trevecca Nazarene University is part of the Trevecca Community, which includes other entities that are adjacent to the campus: Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene;[15] Trevecca Towers, a Christian retirement community;,[16] and Trevecca Healthcare.

University life[edit]


Trevecca is organized into four schools: Arts and Sciences, the Skinner School of Business and Technology, Education, and the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Each of these schools is divided into departments. Most of the degrees offered by TNU are for traditional undergraduates; however, Trevecca offers bachelor's degrees in 86 baccalaureate majors, two associate degree majors, 20 master's degrees, two doctorates, and 6 certificate programs. Included as a master's degree discipline is their distinguished physician assistant program which was founded in the 1970s. The management and human relations degree is a non-traditional undergraduate degree for working adults. The associate's degree, the master's degree, a doctor of philosophy degree, and a doctor of education degree are also available.[17]

The 2013 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 68 percent. The most popular degrees at Trevecca are business, management, marketing, and related support services; biological and biomedical services; education; visual and performing arts; and philosophy and religious studies. The freshman retention rate (freshman who continue their education at Trevecca after the first year) was 76 percent as of 2013.

Student life[edit]

There were 2,606 students at the college in fall 2014, 1115 of whom were traditional undergraduates.[17] The undergraduate population was composed of 486 males and 629 females (as of fall 2014).[14] While Trevecca is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, as of fall 2014, less than 40 percent of traditional undergraduate students are Nazarene. The majority of undergraduate students live on campus in residence halls or apartment-style housing and dine on campus in the Hub (fast-food service), the Cube (a sandwich shop), or, most of the time, in the Apple Dining Hall, which was remodeled before the 2010-11 school year. Students participate in spiritual life activities throughout the school year and summers, including chapels three times a week (a number of which each semester are required for all undergraduates), local community service projects, mission trips both in the US and around the world, MERGE small groups (each designed for specific types of spiritual growth and learning), and other spiritually formational activities.[18]

Student activities[edit]

Trevecca has organizations such as the Student Government Association that are in charge of planning and hosting many social life events. Events that have gained the most popularity among the student body would be Friday Night Live (a rendition of the popular skit show Saturday Night Live), Trojan Idol, and the Songwriter's Challenge. Since many of these events cost money to produce, there is a need for an admission fee. Student Life Activities Pass (SLAP) cards are sold by the Student Government Association at the beginning of every school year for discounts at on-campus events and around the Nashville area to offset this cost.

In addition to SGA, TNU has a large number of student organizations and groups, including ministry-related clubs, service organizations, political and social interest clubs, and clubs or ensembles for many individual majors.[19]

Trevecca has cooperative agreements with other local universities for programs not available directly through Trevecca, including the Army ROTC at Vanderbilt University, which offers a commission in the Army as well as a degree from Trevecca once the bachelor's program at TNU and the ROTC program at Vanderbilt are both successfully completed. Trevecca and Vanderbilt also have a joint program allowing students interested in marching band to participate in the Vandy band during Vanderbilt's football season.[20]


Trevecca is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and competes in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, cross country, track, and volleyball. In July 2011, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that Trevecca had been approved for the Division-II membership process. TNU discontinued competing in the NAIA and TSAC conferences following the 2011-12 school year. Beginning the a 3-year transition.[21] In addition to intercollegiate sports, Trevecca also has a cheerleading team and holds competitions in a variety of intramural sports, including flag football, softball, and beach volleyball.

The new conference that Trevecca is competing in as of the 2012-2013 season is the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The G-MAC is homes to Cedarville University, Davis & Elkins College, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Ohio Valley College, and Ursuline College. Trevecca currently competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association in the Mid-East Region.


Campus Security

Gregory Dawson 
Matthew Durham 
Matthew Middendorf 
Jason Millsap 
Norman Robinson 

Center for Innovative Instruction

Drew Clausing 
Kandace Crowley 
LaMetrius Daniels 
Mara Hogan 
Jessica Simpson 

Center for Leadership, Calling & Service

Michelle Gaertner 
Donna Gray 
Rebecca Headrick 
Sara Hopkins 
Nicole Hubbs 
Megan McGhee 
Rebecca Merrick 
Jennifer Neely 
Jeffrey Swink 
Broderick Thomas

Center for Pastoral Health

Richard Underwood 

Center for Worship Arts

Sam Green 


Sylvia Fish 

Copy Center & Post Office

Kathy Garrett 
Kelly Huebscher 
Paula Jones 

Department of Business Administration

James Agee 
Andrew Berry 
Jonathan Burch 
Dean Diehl 
James Hiatt 
Allen Jinnette 
Mike Leih 
Rick Mann 
Mary Ann Meiners 
Tim Myatt 
Roy Philip 
Gregory Runyan 
Ty Tabernik 
Scott Ward 

Department of Communication Studies

Seth Conley 
Jeffrey Frame 
Marilyn Jordan 
Lena Hegi Welch
Jeffrey Wells 
JoEllen Werking-Weedman 

Department of English

Joshua Boyd 
Graham Hillard 
Michael Karounos 
Jooly Philip 

Department of Exercise & Sport Science

Ben Cleveland 
Jayme Crowley 
Mark Elliott  
Kerby Jones 
Danny Leavy 
Brenda Patterson 
Stephanie Scott 
Becky Scott 
Jared White 
Robbie Wilson 

Department of Information Technology

Andrew Berry 
Mike Leih 
Tim Myatt 
Ty Tabernik 

Department of Music

Paul Christianson 
Timothy Cierpke 
Jeff Cox 
David Diehl 
Blake Houchin 
Brooke Maschmeier 
Matt Murdock 
Rachel Nyetam 
Eric Wilson 

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Sherry Crutchfield 
Bryce Fox 
Timothy Gaines 
Tim Green 
Steven Hoskins 
Michael Jackson 
Brent McMillian 
Kathryn Mowry 
Daniel Spross 
Brent Tallman 

Department of Science & Mathematics

Rick Badley 
Stephanie Cawthorne 
Fred Cawthorne 
Jenny Copeland 
Matthew Huddleston 
Ewa Kowal 
Yanice Mendez-Fernandez 
Nykolaus Reed 
Alisha Russell 
Samuel Stueckle 

Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Sarah Bollinger 
Randy Carden 
Amanda Grieme Bradley 
Erica Hayden 
Laura Hohman 
Don Kintner 
Leslie Lindecker 
Elizabeth Nunley 
Terry Pruitt 
Laurie Woods 

Department of Teacher Education

Judy Bivens 
Andrew Burnham 
Penney Carden 
Linda Collins 
Amy Conditt 
Ruth Cox 
Katie Davis 
Allison Dumas 
Andrea Fowler 
Annette Harber 
Suzann Harris 
Sarah Keil 
Ruth Kinnersley 
Jessica Middendorf 
Alice Patterson  
Beth Purtee 
Karen Ritchie 
Bethany Simmons
Priscilla Speer 
Tandy Taylor 
Marcia Walker 
Karla Wardlow 

Graduate Counseling Program

Heather Ambrefe 
Michael Christian 
Donald Harvey 
John Kennedy 
Susan Lahey 
Johanna Powell 
James Schut 
Steve Stride 
Kadi Tingle 
Peter Wilson 

Graduate Education

Andrew Burnham 
Penney Carden 
Ruth Cox 
Allison Dumas 
Richard Parrott 
Alice Patterson 
Caitlin Porter 
Karen Ritchie 
Tandy Taylor 

Information Technology Services

Tim Beck 
Robert Conklin 
John Eberle 
Aaron Fairchild 
Pamela Hudson 
Miranda Jones 
David Klimkowski 
Jeremy Quick 
Elizabeth Ray 
LaQuita Smith 
Eric Smith 
WaKendra Stenson 
Jeff Tedford 
David Thompson 
Joseph Walker 
Antione Wilkerson 

J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice

Jason Adkins 
James Casler 
Carlson Grae 
Elizabeth Nunley 
Karen Shaw 

Millard Reed School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Sherry Crutchfield 
Bryce Fox 
Tim Green 
Steven Hoskins 
Michael Jackson 
Brent McMillian 
Kathryn Mowry 
Daniel Spross 

National Praise & Worship Institute

Randall Bayne 
David Campbell 
Benji Cowart 
Mark Hosny 


James Jolley 

Office of Academic Affairs

Judy Hiatt 
James Hiatt 
Tom Middendorf 
Stephen Pusey 
Michael Vail 

Office of Academic Records

Katrina Chapman
Beverly Ford 
Eugenia Harris 
Sheridan Henson 
Janet Keeton 

Office of Alumni and Church Engagement

Nancy Dunlap 
Michael Johnson 
Peggy Oldham 

Office of External Relations

Gayle Carver 
Peggy Cooning 
Christy Grant 
Lisa Hathcock 
Janice Lovell 
Rebekah Meadows 

Office of Financial Services

Debbie Alderman 
Kristin Bledsoe 
David Caldwell 
Elicia Canaday 
Phyllis Fite 
Beverly Foltz 
Katrina Ford 
Victoria Gunter 
Denise McPherson 
Mariano Monzu 
Rachel Parker 
Kylie Pruitt 
Kevin Reed 
Angie Register 
Charles Seaman 
Diane Whetstone 
Karen White 
Eddie White 
Tania Zaykova 

Office of Human Resources

Donna Gaines 
Steve Sexton 

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Donna Tudor 

Office of Marketing

Jamie Ascher 
Mandy Crow 
Betsy Harris 
Richard Hill 
Andy Lovell 
Logan Newkirk 
Matt Toy 
Leasa Williams 
Jonathan Wright 

Office of Student Development

Kaylee Carley 
Zachary Church 
Stephen Harris 
Cheryl Jackson 
Ronda Lilienthal 
Logan Newkirk 
Levi Osborne 
Jillian Phelps 
Katelyn Sharpes 
Bonny-Kate Simpkins 
Joyce Snodgrass 
Matthew Spraker 

Office of the Chaplain

Shawna Songer-Gaines 

Office of the President

Dan Boone 
Anne Twining 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Jared Austin 
Patty Cook 
Casey Hillon 
Randy Kinder 
Melinda Miller 
Michael Newland 
Jessica Powell 
Erin Tillson 
Holly Whitby 

Physician Assistant Program

Tasha Adams 
Karen Frye 
Katrina Gill 
Kari Hammer 
Michelle Lamb 
Erin Martinez 
Ellen Musick 
Marsha Overstreet 
Bret Reeves 
Jenny Lee Robinson 
Mary Tracy 
Joy Twillie 
Karen Ulmet 
Mega Vandenberg Purino 
Teresa Vines 

Plant Operations

Rose Baker 
Joseph Brown 
Jeffrey Cowell 
MacKenzie Cox 
Calvin Da Cunha 
Scott Deal 
Valery Dikhtyar 
Justin Duffey 
Joshua Garrett 
Tanner Gordon 
James Kramer 
Levi Lafferty 
Glen Linthicum 
Nachion Moore 
Andrew Phelps 
Timothy Rayburn 
Mark Rayburn 
Marquis Robinson 
Jonathan Sharpes 
Dennis Stein 
Brodrick Thomas 
Zoltan Zahuczky 

School of Education

Linda Collins 
Amy Conditt 
Ruth Cox 
Suzann Harris 
Jessica Middendorf 
Tandy Taylor
Marcia Walker 

School of Graduate & Continuing Studies

Joanna Baker 
Lewis Bridges 
Christen Bugarin 
Marvin Bunde 
Jonathan Burch 
Kenneth Burger 
Pamela Costa 
Mark Crist 
Katie Davis 
Amanda Dodson 
Timothy Eades 
Kimberly Eades 
Heidi Frederick 
Chris Garner 
Teresa Geuy 
Tiffany Hacker 
AnnaGee Harris 
Grant Haun 
Rhyanne Henley 
Carrie Hopkins 
Tim Jackson 
Marcus Lackey 
Katie Leibas 
Steven Magee 
Jocelyn McCoy 
Ethan Millsap 
Pam Monjar 
Rachel Neal 
Jeffery Norfleet 
Brandee Norris 
Kaitlin O'Donnell 
Shelby Oglesby 
Myron Parks 
Alice Patterson 
Anthony Peterson 
Lucas Phillips 
Gail Pusey 
Julie Rigsby 
Torrance Robinson 
Andrea Robinson 
Morgan Smith 
Kayla Steward Smith 
Angela Talley 
Brent Tallman 
Johnna Vanover 
Robert Vickers 
Lance Westbrooks 
Kimmi Wilson 
Anita Windus 
Nicole Wood 

Trevecca Athletics

Ben Cleveland 
Jayme Crowley 
Mark Elliott 
Mark Foster 
Sampson Harris 
David Head 
Larry Knight 
Danny Leavy 
Frances Parham 
Gregory Ruff 
Ryan Schmalz 
Stephanie Scott 
Austin Selby 
Ben Tyree 
Gary Van Atta 
Michael Welch 
Matthew White 

Waggoner Library

Judy Bivens 
J.T. Blue 
Andrea Fowler 
Annette Harber 
Sarah Keil 
Ruth Kinnersley 
Cathy Lachiver 
Katherine O'Connell 
Beth Purtee 
Priscilla Speer 
Karla Wardlow

Notable alumni[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2013. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Called Unto Holiness Vol. 2 by Westlake Taylor Purkiser. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 1983.
  3. ^ a b Raser, Harold E. (1996). "Church of the Nazarene Universities, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries". In Hunt, Thomas C.; Carper, James C. Religious Higher Education in the United States. Taylor & Francis. p. 549. ISBN 0-8153-1636-4. 
  4. ^ Looking beyond the highway: Dixie roads and culture edited by Claudette Stager, Martha Carver. Copyright 2006 University of Tennessee Press.
  5. ^ Called Unto Holiness by Timothy Smith, Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 1962
  6. ^ Bobby L. Lovett, "Walden University (1868-1925)", A Profile of African Americans in Tennessee History, Nashville: Tennessee State University, 1995.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ LIBERAL ARTS AND THE PRIORITIES OF NAZARENE HIGHER EDUCATION by J. Matthew Price, Ph.D.. Eastern Nazarene College is the only Nazarene institution to retain the "college" moniker. Different states hold different standards for university status, but none of the Nazarene "universities" are research universities. Rather, Nazarene higher education is based on the liberal arts model.
  9. ^ Nazarene Educational Regions
  10. ^ Eastern and Northwest are the only Nazarene schools to use their regional names. Trevecca is the name of an historic Wesleyan school in Wales (see History). Although TNU is the college for the traditional American "South," the school for the "South Central Region" was curiously changed from Bethany Nazarene College to Southern Nazarene University in 1988.
  11. ^ Southeast Region
  12. ^ Guidelines and Handbook for Educational Institutions of the Church of the Nazarene (PDF). Church of the Nazarene International Board of Education. 1997. p. 14. 
  13. ^ SACS Member, Candidate and Applicant List
  14. ^ a b "Trevecca Nazarene University". Guide to Best Colleges. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Trevecca Nazarene University. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  18. ^ "Spiritual Life". Trevecca Nazarene University. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  19. ^ "Student Organizations". Trevecca Nazarene University. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  20. ^ "Student Organizations". Trevecca Nazarene University. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  21. ^ [4]
  22. ^ "Dr. Jesse Middendorf". Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  23. ^ "Stipe Miocic UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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