University of Montevallo
The University of Montevallo is a four-year public university located in Montevallo, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1896, it is Alabama's only public liberal arts college and a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
Montevallo's campus is considered an architectural jewel. Its appearance is more in line with private, elite institutions. The central part of campus is a National Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main portion of the campus was designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, who also designed the Biltmore House grounds in North Carolina. Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park in New York. Built in the Federal style in 1823, the King House is the oldest building on the campus. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 14, 1972. The University of Montevallo opened in October 1896 as the Alabama Girlsï¿½ Industrial School (AGIS), a women-only technical school that also offered high school-level courses. AGIS became the Alabama Girlsï¿½ Technical Institute in 1911, further adding "and College for Women" in 1919. The school gradually phased into being a traditional degree-granting institution, becoming Alabama College, State College for Women in 1923. The school's supporters lobbied the Alabama Legislature which passed a bill on January 15, 1956 that dropped the designation "State College for Women," effectively making the school coeducational (though its student body still maintains a 7:5 ratio of women to men). The first men entered the school that same month. In 1965, the board of trustees authorized President D. P. Culp to sign the Certificates of Assurance of Compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the fall of 1968, three African American women, Carolyn Buprop, Ruby Kennbrew and Dorothy (Lilly) Turner, enrolled in the university. On September 1, 1969, Alabama College was renamed the University of Montevallo. Montevallo is located in the geographic center of the state of Alabama in an area rich with Civil War history. With slightly over 3,000 students, the university generates a significant economic impact on the surrounding communities in Shelby County. Many of the buildings on campus predate the founding of the college, including King House and Reynolds Hall. King House is reserved for special guests of the campus, and Reynolds Hall is still used by the Theater Department and alumni relations. King House was reportedly the first home in Alabama to receive pane glass windows.
The overriding mission of the University of Montevallo, unique in higher education in Alabama, is to provide to students from throughout the state an affordable, geographically accessible, "small college" public higher educational experience of high quality, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies and with professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.
John Amari, former member of both houses of the Alabama State Legislature and District 10 circuit court judge Slade Blackwell, Republican member of the Alabama Senate Beth Chapman, Secretary of State of Alabama, 2007ï¿½2013 Jim Dunaway, Sports talk radio host and TV anchor Rusty Greer, former Major League Baseball player for the Texas Rangers Polly Holliday, American actress best known for the character of Flo from the hit television show Alice Jo Kittinger, Children's book author, speaker, and President of SCBWI Rebecca Luker, American musical-theatre actress and three-time Tony Award nominee Jon Maloney, Current English football player for Harrogate Railway Athletic F.C.. All-time lead scorer for Montevallo Men's Soccer team and the only three-time Gulf South Conference Player of the Year Ray Reach, noted jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, composer and educator, formerly (1998ï¿½2005) director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble, and currently Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Doug Sisson, Major League Baseball coach Rodger Smitherman, Democratic member of the Alabama Senate Nancy Worley, former president, Alabama Education Association; Secretary of State of Alabama, 2003ï¿½2007; chair, Alabama Democratic Party Cassandra King,an award winning novelist author of the Same Sweet Girls, The Sunday Wife, and Moonrise.