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Oxford College of Emory University

Oxford College of Emory University, also called Oxford College and originally founded as Emory College, is an American two-year residential college specializing in the foundations of liberal arts education. It is the birthplace and one of nine academic divisions of Emory University. The college is located on Emory University's original campus in Oxford, Georgia, 38 miles east of Emory's Atlanta campus. Students at Oxford automatically continue their studies in Atlanta after successfully completing Oxford's curriculum.



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In 1833 the Georgia Methodist Conference first considered establishing a church-sponsored manual labor school, where students would combine farm work with a college preparatory curriculum. At the Georgia Methodist Conference in 1834, a preacher known as "Uncle Allen" Turner suggested that Georgia Methodists should develop their own school rather than support Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. As a result, the Georgia Conference Manual Labor School opened in 1835, but immediately began facing financial challenges. The Conference then granted Ignatius Alphonso Few a charter to establish a college named after John Emory, a Methodist bishop who was involved in the labor school's founding but had died in a carriage accident before the school opened. The new school, Emory College, was first established on tract of land in Newton County one mile north of Covington, Georgia. This site was chosen because of its relative distance from the city, which the school's founders feared would be a source of distraction for its students.The town was named Oxford after Oxford University, the alma mater of Charles Wesley and John Wesley, founders of the Methodist movement. Because the college and town were planned together, many of the town's residents were affiliated to the college. Consequently, the two entities shared a common purpose. By an act of the state legislature, the town of Oxford was incorporated on December 23, 1839. Two years after the chartering, the college opened its doors, and on September 17, 1838, the college's first president, Ignatius Alphonso Few, and three faculty members welcomed fifteen freshmen and sophomores. In order to raise money for maintaining the school, Few began selling lots around the college to local citizens. The founders envisaged a curriculum that would rest squarely on the classics and mathematics, with four years' study of Greek, Latin, and mathematics and three years' study of the English Bible and the sciences of geography, astronomy, and chemistry. According to historian Henry M. Bullock, the founders intended Emory to be, "in the fullest sense of the term, a Christian college."

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As Oxford College Human Resources staff, we seek to support the strategic plan of the institution by attracting, supporting, and retaining quality people to a place in the heart of Emory by building and continuously improving the personnel infrastructures necessary to create a welcoming campus community; by providing support to increase faculty and staff satisfaction in the life and work of the Oxford College community; and by providing competitive compensation, professional development, and a caring, supportive and healthful work environment.



Alben W. Barkley � Served as 35th United States Vice President under President Harry S. Truman. A member of the Democratic Party, he also served as a U.S. Representative and Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky. Yun Chi-ho � An independence activist in Korea in the early 20th century and possible author of the Korean national anthem. John B. Cobb � A United Methodist process theologian who helped develop process theology. James Edward Dickey � Last President of Emory College and first President of Emory University. Later elected a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Tinsley Ellis � An American blues and rock musician. Keri Hilson � A singer, songwriter, actress, and R&B artist. Lee Hong-koo � Former Prime Minister of South Korea. Gordon Lee � Served as a U.S. congressman from Georgia. Isaac Stiles Hopkins - First president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (II) � Served as a United States Supreme Court Justice and also a Senator from Mississippi. Dumas Malone � Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, former head of Harvard University Press. Thomas M. Rivers � Famed virologist, headed the National Science Foundation's search for a polio vaccine. J. Roy Rowland � Member of United States House of Representatives from Georgia's 8th congressional district. He attended Emory College at Oxford for one year in 1943. Robert W. Woodruff � Attended Oxford for one term, then served as President of the Coca-Cola Company. Later donated a total of $230 million to Emory University.



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