|Motto||Religio et Eruditio|
|Affiliation||Tennessee Baptist Convention|
|Campus||Urban, 290 acres (1.2 km2)|
|Colors||Cardinal & Cream|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – Gulf South|
Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university located in Jackson, Tennessee, with additional campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville. The university is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and relates to the Southern Baptist Convention.
Union is one of the top tier institutions in the Southern Region, listed for each of the past 19 years by U.S. News & World Report, and is notable for having trained a United States Supreme Court justice, and in the sports world as the place where Bear Bryant began his football coaching career.
Union University is the heir to some of the oldest universities in the Southeast. The school is a union of several different schools: West Tennessee College, formerly known as Jackson Male Academy, Union University of Murfreesboro, Southwestern Baptist University, and Hall-Moody Junior College of Martin, Tennessee.
- 1 Accreditation and affiliation
- 2 Rankings
- 3 History
- 4 Campus
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Greek system
- 7 Publications
- 8 Guest lecture events
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Accreditation and affiliation
Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). On July 14, 2013, Union University announced that its Business Program had earned accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Union University has been a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). In August 2015, Union notified CCCU that the university would be withdrawing its membership as a result of two member schools changing their policies to hire individuals in a same-sex relationship.
For 2015, U.S. News ranked Union 14th among "Regional Universities" in the South, the 19th consecutive year U.S. News ranked Union as a top-tier school. It has been recognized by Peterson's Competitive College Guide, the Time/Princeton Review, and Templeton's Colleges that Encourage Character Development. Union is a recipient of the President's Higher Education Community Service Award and has been listed as one of America's Top 100 College Buys. In addition, U.S. News has cited Union as an "A+ option for serious B students," among "Up and Coming Schools" and among schools "where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching."
Union is also recognized in:
- Peterson's Guide to Competitive Colleges;
- The Templeton Foundation Guide for Colleges That Encourage Character Development;
- America's Best College Buys;
- Kiplinger's Best College Values and
- America's Best College Scholarships.
In 1907, Dr. T.T. Eaton, a trustee of Southwestern Baptist University, left his 6,000 volume library to the college. Eaton was a former professor of Union University at Murfreesboro, where his father, Dr. Joseph H. Eaton, was a former president.
Southwestern soon changed its name to Union University in honor of the Eatons and others from Union at Murfreesboro who had impacted Southwestern as faculty, administrators, trustees, and contributors.
In 1925 the Tennessee Baptist Convention secured a charter that vested the rights, authority, and property of Union University in the Tennessee Convention. This charter included the election of the University's trustees. Two years later, the Convention consolidated Hall-Moody Junior College at Martin (1900–1927) with Union University; the former Hall-Moody campus subsequently became the location of the University of Tennessee Junior College, now the University of Tennessee at Martin.
In 1948 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted Union University accreditation.
In 1962 Union developed a nursing program with the assistance of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital at the request of local physicians.
In 1975 Union moved from downtown Jackson, Tennessee, to a new campus located near the Highway 45-Bypass in north Jackson.
The Craig and Barefoot Administrations
During President Robert Craig (1967–85) and President Hyran Barefoot's (1987–1996) administrations:
- enrollment increased from fewer than 1,000 students to more than 2,000;
- the Penick Academic Complex was enlarged several times;
- additional housing units were erected;
- and the Blasingame Academic Complex (1986) and the Hyran E. Barefoot Student Union Building (1994) were constructed.
From the early 1950s to the early 1970s, Union operated an Extension Center in the Memphis area. From 1987-95, Union offered the degree-completion program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN track) in Memphis. At that time there were over 300 graduates of this program.
David S. Dockery's Administration
David S. Dockery was elected as the fifteenth president of Union University in December 1995. Dockery brought a desire to take Union to a more rigorous, conservative path. During his administration, which lasted until 2014, he realized:
- headcount increase from 2200 (in 1996) to more than 5300 (in 2012);
- increased giving to Union, including ten of the largest commitments in Union history;
- changed the school's logo and marketing fonts;
- construction of two residence halls, Miller Tower, Jennings Hall, Hammons Hall, Fesmire Field House and the new White Hall science building;
- successful completion of the $60 million comprehensive "Building a Future" campaign (1998–2005) (now at $69 million);
- renewed commitment to scholarship and research among Union faculty-part of Union's new Center for Faculty Development;
- new undergraduate majors in political science, physics, theology, digital media studies, church history, ethics, sports management, sports medicine, engineering; and graduate programs in education (M.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D.), nursing (MSN with tracks in education, administration, and nurse anesthesia), and intercultural studies (MAIS);
- SACS Level V accreditation was achieved;
- the establishment of an extension campus in Germantown, Tennessee, which now has almost 700 students;
- the establishment of the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Christian Leadership;
- the establishment of the Charles Colson Chair for Faith and Culture;
- the establishment of the annual Scholarship Banquet (1997–2004);
- the renaming of a road to his honor his wife (Lanese Dockery Drive);
- achieving top tier recognition in U.S. News & World Report and other important listings.
- Implemented the $110 million "Union 2010" plan that includes the future addition of new tennis courts, new intramural fields, and an amphitheatre, which has already included the completion of a second soccer field, the Fesmire Fieldhouse, and the state-of-the-art science building, White Hall.
- a Doctor of Pharmacy program.
The Storm - February 5, 2008
On February 5, 2008, at 7:02 p.m., the university was struck by an EF4 tornado, with winds between 166–200 miles per hour. The tornado destroyed 18 dormitory buildings and caused over $40 million worth of damage to the campus, which suffered a direct hit, rendering almost 80% of the dormortory space to be either totally destroyed or unlivable. None of the approximately 1,800 students on campus at the time were killed. David Dockery, the president of the University, said:
I'm convinced-nobody will ever convince me otherwise-that God's angels were unleashed to come as ministering spirits to protect those students in the most precarious of situations.
Fifty-one students were taken to Jackson-Madison General Hospital. While most students were released after being treated, nine were kept overnight. Some students were trapped for hours while emergency crews worked to rescue them. A total of 31 buildings received damage of varying degrees. The devastation captured nationwide attention and was featured by CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and numerous regional news outlets. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, FEMA Director R. David Paulison and Governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen all visited the campus after the disaster.
The Commercial Appeal reported that due to extensive damage, the campus would not reopen until February 18. Lambuth University, a rival area university, reportedly offered to open its dormitories to displaced Union students. The congregation of Englewood Baptist Church, which owned the Old English Inn in Jackson, voted unanimously to open the Inn to Union students. The church's move accommodated almost 300 students until December 2008. The University also expected that around 200 students would be housed in the private homes of Union faculty, staff and friends.
The February 5, 2008 event was the second time in just over five years that the campus was hit by a tornado. On the evening of November 10, 2002, during the Veterans Day Weekend tornado outbreak, the school was struck by an F1 tornado, with winds of approximately 100 miles per hour, which did approximately 2 million dollars worth of damage to the school. There were no serious injuries. Union president David Dockery stated that the February 5, 2008 tornado was about 15 times as bad at the 2002 tornado. The damage caused by the February 5th tornado was estimated at $40 million.
Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver's Administration
Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver became Union University's sixteenth president in June 2014. His career at Baylor University and five-year presidency at East Texas Baptist University equipped him to lead Union University toward fully realizing its mission and values.
Thus far in his presidency, he has achieved:
- the start of a new greenhouse project in July 2014;
- the completion of The Logos — Union's three-story, 54,000-square foot library started in July 2014 and dedicated on November 6, 2015;
- the adoption of a new strategic plan for 2016-2020 by the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2015.
|1||Joseph H. Eaton||1848–1859||Union University (Murfreesboro)|
|2||James Madison Pendleton||–||Union University (Murfreesboro)|
|3||Charles Manley||–||Union University (Murfreesboro)|
|4||John W. Conger||1907–1909||Union University (Jackson)|
|5||Isaac B. Tigrett||1909–1911||Union University (Jackson)|
|6||Robert A. Kimbrough||1911–1913||Union University (Jackson)|
|7||Richard M. Inlow||June 1913–December 1913||Union University (Jackson)|
|8||Albert T. Barrett||1913–1915||Union University (Jackson)|
|9||George M. Savage||1915–1918||Union University (Jackson)|
|10||Henry Eugene Watters||1918–1931||Union University (Jackson)|
|11||John Jeter Hurt||1931–1945||Union University (Jackson)|
|12||Warren F. Jones||1945–1963||Union University (Jackson)|
|13||Francis E. Wright||1963–1967||Union University (Jackson)|
|14||Robert E. Craig||1967–1986||Union University (Jackson)|
|15||Hyran E. Barefoot||1986–1996||Union University (Jackson)|
|16||David S. Dockery||1996–2014||Union University (Jackson)|
|17||Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver||2014–present||Union University (Jackson)|
The campus is 290 acres (1.2 km2) and includes a 2,200-seat gymnasium, dormitories for men and women including a married housing complex, separate lodges for the fraternities and sororities, academic halls, an administration center, baseball and softball parks, two soccer fields, and wellness center.
Union also has a 35-acre (140,000 m2) campus in Germantown, Tennessee, (suburban Memphis) offering graduate degrees in business, education, Christian studies & nursing. The degrees in education include the M.Ed., M.A.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D.
In Jackson, Union has apartment-style living. Each student has a separate private bedroom that shares a common living space with three roommates. All apartments feature a high-speed Internet connection, as well as kitchen unit. Some apartments feature private phone lines or a washer and dryer. All private living spaces have a window and the common areas have cable TV access. There is no student housing at the Germantown campus. Temporary off campus housing was at The Jett (the former Old English Inn) for the majority of the spring 2008 semester.
Union University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Bulldogs, are part of the NCAA Division II level, primarily competing in the Gulf South Conference. The Bulldogs used to be part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, softball and volleyball.
In the NAIA, Union captured five women's basketball national titles (1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010). Union also has won national titles in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in volleyball (2003), men's soccer (2004), softball (2001, 2002, 2004, 2013) and women's basketball (2014).
There are six social fraternities and sororities on campus, two music fraternities and numerous academic fraternities.
Each of these groups is relatively large in size relative to the size of the institution and consistently contributes to philanthropies, both regionally and globally. The number of members in the social fraternities can range between 50 and 80 members per chapter.
The fraternities and sororities are an active presence on campus through philanthropy, intramural sports and Greek Olympics.
The fraternities represented on campus are:
|Alpha Tau Omega||Tennessee Beta Tau||February 28, 1894|
|Lambda Chi Alpha||Lambda-Zeta Zeta||December 5, 1964|
|Sigma Alpha Epsilon||Tennessee Eta||July 4, 1857|
The sororities represented on campus are:
|Kappa Delta||Zeta Beta||February 10, 1990|
|Zeta Tau Alpha||Beta Omega||December 11, 1935|
The academic fraternities are:
|Alpha Psi Omega||Theater|
|Phi Alpha Theta||History|
|Phi Beta Lambda||Business|
|Pi Gamma Mu||Social Sciences|
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia||Music|
|Sigma Tau Delta||English|
- The Cardinal and Cream is the campus newspaper
- The Torch is the English Department's literary and arts publication
Guest lecture events
Annual Scholarship Banquet
Union's Scholarship Banquet has brought prominent national and international figures to Union including: former presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Russian president and Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Senator Bob Dole, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, former British Prime Minister John Major, Tony Blair, and Winston S. Churchill, Grandson of the former British Prime Minister.
Union's Forum is an annual speaker series that has brought several national figures to Union, including Peggy Wehmeyer, William Kristol, Michael Medved, Robert Novak, Stephen Carter, Morton Kondracke, Clarence Page, Juan Williams, and Margaret Carlson.
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- Dr. Bob Agee, Executive Director for the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and President Emeritus, Oklahoma Baptist University.
- Milton Brown (politician) (W) - U.S. Representative and co-founder of Southwestern University (now Union University) and Lambuth University both located in Jackson, Tennessee.
- John Dancy - Former NBC News Correspondent.
- Dr. Monroe E. Dodd—Pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, 1912–1950; founder of Dodd College for Girls; and radio minister.
- Dr. Joshua F. Drake - Musicologist and hymnist at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
- Dr. Steve Gaines - Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
- Pauline LaFon Gore - mother of United States Vice President Albert Gore, attended Union and was awarded an honorary degree.
- J. D. Grey (Bachelor's degree, 1929), Southern Baptist pastor and convention president from 1952 to 1954
- Dr. George H. Guthrie - Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible and chair of the School of Christian Studies, Union University; one of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Translation Review Scholars. An expert in Greek Exegesis and writer known for his analysis and expertise on the Epistle to the Hebrews.
- Eli Shelby Hammond - federal judge
- John L. Head (attended)- basketball coach
- John W. Holland - federal judge
- Howell Edmunds Jackson - United States Supreme Court Justice
- William Hicks Jackson - Confederate general, brother of Justice Howell Edmonds Jackson
- Jim Jones - American football player
- J. Thomas McAfee - president of Hallmark Systems, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Chad McMahan, Mississippi state senator.
- Charles N. Millican - founding President for the University of Central Florida.
- Gaylon Moore - professional basketball player
- Jimmy Moore (baseball) - Major League baseball player
- W. Winfred Moore—Pastor of First Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas (1959–1989); professor at Baylor University
- Tom J. Murray (D) - U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1943 to 1966
- David Alexander Nunn - U.S. Representative and Tennessee Secretary of State
- Luis Ortiz (baseball) - Major League baseball player
- Josephine Owino - basketball player for the Washington Mystics
- Joseph B. Palmer - Confederate general and lawyer
- Herron C. Pearson (D) - U.S. Representative from Tennessee
- Jeanette Brooks Priebe - Director of the Louisville Civil Service Board in Kentucky
- Chris Rice - Christian recording artist
- Eugene Rice - United States federal judge (Eastern District of Oklahoma)
- R. R. Sneed - Tennessee Secretary of State from 1913 to 1917
- Scratch Track - Indie Acoustic Hip-hop Band
- Dr. L. Thomas Strong III - Dean of Leavell College and Professor of New Testament and Greek in Leavell College at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
- John May Taylor (D) - U.S. Representative from Tennessee.
- Dr. William E. Troutt - President, Rhodes College
- Dr. Timothy Tucker - Former President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Former president of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), president of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, and Speaker of the House for TPA for more than 10 years. Winner of the Lambda Chi Alpha Order or Merit.
Brandon Lay - Musician and recording artist
Faculty and administration
- Benjamin Lee Arnold - later became president of Oregon State University
- James Robinson Graves - chair of the Board of Trustees, 1885-1892; minister, journalist, author, and co-founder of Landmark Baptism
- Ed Bryant (R) - Tennessee politician
- Randall Bush - philosophy professor and fiction writer
- Stephen Carls - chair of the History Department and expert 20th-Century France, World War I, Europe between the two world wars, and French arms manufacturer Louis Loucheur.
- Roger Duke - author, professor
- George H. Guthrie - expert on the Epistle to the Hebrews
- Harry Lee Poe - Charles Colson Chair of Faith and Culture
- Ivy Scarborough - author and lawyer
- C. Pat Taylor - president of Southwest Baptist University.
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