Presbyterian College, commonly known as PC, is a four-year, private liberal arts college located in Clinton, South Carolina, USA. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, the collegeï¿½s current president is Dr. Claude Lilly.
Presbyterian College was founded in 1880 by the Rev. William Plumer Jacobs, who had arrived in the tiny town of Clinton in 1864, served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and founded the Thornwell Orphanage. Originally called Clinton College, its first class (including three women) graduated in 1883. In establishing PC, his ï¿½tree of knowledgeï¿½, Jacobsï¿½s goal was to educate young people for lives of service to church and society, and thereby be, in his words, ï¿½epistles to Christï¿½s honor and gloryï¿½. By the time of his death in 1917 the college had grown considerably in size and resources including six major buildings. Neville Hall, PC's most recognized structure, was constructed in 1907. The tenure of president Davison McDowell Douglas (1911-1926) saw the tripling of the size of the faculty and student body, the construction of four new buildings, and the ballooning of the Collegeï¿½s assets from $150,000 to over $1 million. After weathering the storms of the Great Depression and Second World War, Presbyterian has continued expansion on many fronts throughout the second half of the twentieth century. It became fully co-educational in 1965 (and in so doing dropped its previous motto, ï¿½Where Men are Madeï¿½) and in 1969, began admitting African-American students.
The compelling purpose of Presbyterian College, as a church-related college, is to develop within the framework of Christian faith the mental, physical, moral, and spiritual capacities of each student in preparation for a lifetime of personal and vocational fulfillment and responsible contribution to our democratic society and the world community.
R. Bentley Anderson, Ph.D., author of Black, White, and Catholic: New Orleans Interracialism, 1947ï¿½1956, an associate professor of history at St. Louis University Art Baker, former head football coach at Furman University (1973ï¿½1977), The Citadel (1977ï¿½1982), and East Carolina University (1985ï¿½1988) Justin Bethel, NFL safety for the Arizona Cardinals Glen Browder, Ph.D., member of the Alabama House of Representatives (1982ï¿½1986), Secretary of State, State of Alabama (1987ï¿½1989), member of the US House of Representatives (1989ï¿½1997), Professor Emeritus of political science, Jacksonville State University Shelly Carson, Finance Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee Harry S. Dent, Sr., attorney, aide to U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and president Richard Nixon Charles W. Eagles, Professor of History, Emeritus, the University of Mississippi. Caughman Taylor, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Senior Medical Director, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. John William Elrod, President, Washington and Lee University, 1995-2001 Dr. Carlos Julio Emanuel, Former Manager of the Central Bank of Ecuador, Former Ecuadoran Minister of Finance Fulton Ervin, Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice President of Finance, McLeod Regional Medical Center Dixie Goswami, Professor Emerita of English, Clemson University Rev. Joan Gray, Moderator of the 217th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Kimberly Nicole Hampton (August 18, 1976 ï¿½ January 2, 2004) Captain in the United States Army and the first female US military pilot to be shot down and killed by hostile fire Jennifer Hansel, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development Charles Joyner, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, Coastal Carolina University Mike LeFever, President and CEO of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (SCICU) Ann Eliza Hatton Lewis, founder of Georgia Magazine George L. Mabry, Jr., US Army Major General, Medal of Honor recipient John McKissick, head football coach at Summerville High School (S.C.), the record holder for most career wins in high school football Lonnie McMillian, PC head football coach Matthew Miller, United States Foreign Service officer Allen Morris, tennis player, 1956 U.S. Davis Cup team member, quarterfinalist at Wimbledon Bebo Norman, contemporary Christian musician Kelly Pope, Family Court Judge, South Carolina Jim Samples, President of television station HGTV Ernest Shahid, businessman and real estate developer Roy Skinner (1930ï¿½2010), former head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team. Bob Waters, former head football coach and Athletic Director at Western Carolina University Rev. Theodore Wardlaw, president and professor of homiletics, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Walter Wells, Executive Editor, International Herald Tribune (retired), political columnist for France Today Jackie Gingrich Cushman, political columnist, daughter of speaker Newt Gingrich Stephen A. Hayner, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA, professor, former president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
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