Southwest Baptist University
Southwest Baptist University is a private institute of higher education affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention, which is part of the Southern Baptist Convention
Abner S. Ingman and James R. Maupin founded Southwest Baptist College in 1878 in Lebanon, Missouri. The Lebanon campus originally had an enrollment of 60 students and six faculty. The college lasted one year before the city decided they no longer wanted it. When news got out that the college would be moving, the communities of Aurora, Monett, and Bolivar in southwest Missouri attempted to attract the college. In 1879, the state of Missouri chartered the school and it moved to Bolivar, Missouri. The college went through many financial difficulties in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The college remained closed from 1910-1913 due to a fire that destroyed the entire campus, until Missouri Baptists and area supporters helped it open again as a two-year junior college. On June 1, 1910, at 11:00 am., the fire that would destroy the campus started. The fire broke out under suspect circumstances, leading some to believe arson was the cause. Bolivar citizen firefighters tried to put out the fire, but the water supply ran dry and at 2:00 pm the fire engulfed the whole campus. Losses were estimated at $20,000. The college was rebuilt, and reopened in 1913
The College of Education and Social Science seeks to prepare students for careers in people-oriented and service-minded professions, while encouraging students to embody Christlike character.
Buddy Baker, film composer, best known for his long relationship and extensive work with the Walt Disney Company. Roy Blunt, Republican Senator for the State of Missouri (former President of university) Ben M. Bogard, founder of the American Baptist Association Rod Jetton, former Speaker and Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives Shane Schoeller, Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives and Republican candidate in the Missouri secretary of state election, 2012 Bill Randles, Republican candidate in the Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012
152 Acres (61.5 Ha)