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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university located in Jackson, Tennessee, with additional campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville.


1050 Union University Dr


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Union University provides Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.
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College History


Jackson Male Academy was founded in 1823 just after West Tennessee was opened for settlement. Only five years earlier in 1818 was the land purchased from the Chickasaw Indians. 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. 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.

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The Union University Board of Trustees enthusiastically and unanimously adopted a new mission and identity statement on Friday, September 28. For more than 18 months, a committee made up of administration, staff and faculty has worked on a revision of the previous statement, updating it so that the purpose of Union University would be communicated clearly to the students and faculty. According to Union University President David S. Dockery, it is common for an institution to review and update its statement every 10 years or sooner to ensure that the goals and direction of the institution are faithful to its purpose and mission. �I�m thankful for the enthusiastic support of both the faculty and trustees,� said Dockery. �I think it provides a shared consensus across the campus for the future direction of Union University.� The statement reads, in part, that the university is �an academic community, affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, equipping persons to think Christianly and serve faithfully in ways consistent with its core values of being Christ-centered, people-focused, excellence-driven, and future-directed.� The mission of Union University is to provide �Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.� The document received unanimous approval by all groups and was approved by the Board of Trustees in their fall meeting on Friday. - See more at:



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. 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 J. Thomas McAfee - president of Hallmark Systems, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 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. Joshua Trent - Associate Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fellow at the C. S. Lewis Institute, and 2006 Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute. 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.



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