Our Historical past: A Texas First

In 1835, Colonel William B. Travis penned a letter to the New York Christian Advocate calling for the institution of a Methodist presence within the new Republic of Texas. 5 years later, in 1840, the primary of Southwestern’s 4 root schools was born from the imaginative and prescient of Methodist missionary Martin Ruter.

Not solely was Southwestern the primary establishment of upper studying in Texas, however via the years, we have now skilled a number of different firsts as nicely:

  • Internet hosting the primary homecoming on document.
  • Defeating UT-Austin within the first school baseball recreation performed within the state.
  • Graduating three of the primary 5 Rhodes Students in Texas.
  • Founding the primary pupil literary journal within the state.
  • Legendary folklorist and writer J. Frank Dobie graduated in 1910 and went on to nationwide acclaim.
  • Establishing the nation’s first chapter of Alpha Chi, in 1922, rising out of a Scholarship Society.

Throughout World Battle II, Southwestern prospered via participation within the Navy’s V-12 program, and later, by eliminating its graduate packages and concentrating on the liberal arts and sciences and the training of undergraduates solely.

Because the College’s status grew, so did its enrollment, which reached 1,000 college students by 1978. The annual Brown Symposium was established in 1977. By the early Eighties, Southwestern College started to appear in nationwide school guidebooks, and in 1988, U.S. Information & World Report named Southwestern the highest regional liberal-arts school within the nation; extra just lately, it has included Southwestern amongst its extra aggressive Nationwide Liberal Arts Faculty class.

All through the Eighties, Nineties, and early 2000s, the bodily campus noticed many modifications, together with the development of latest residence halls, tutorial buildings, a brand new campus middle, and a brand new constructing to deal with the Workplaces of Admission and Monetary Help. Additions have been additionally added to the library, the superb arts constructing, and the science constructing. Renovations have been made to quite a few further buildings.

Financially, Southwestern was the beneficiary of The Brown Basis of Houston, Inc.’s Matching Problem, which concluded in 1995 with 34% of alumni collaborating.

Athletics modified dramatically via the years as nicely. Within the fall of 1993, all of Southwestern’s varsity athletics groups joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Convention and have become totally collaborating members of the NCAA Division III. The variety of varsity groups grew to twenty over time, with soccer being reinstated in fall 2013 and a girls’s lacrosse group added in spring 2014.

Of many vital milestones, receiving a Phi Beta Kappa nationwide honor society constitution in 1995 is especially noteworthy for its rarity and status.

Learn extra about Southwestern’s historical past in “Obligation and Doctrine: The Origin Story of Southwestern College.”

Previous Presidents

Edward Burger 2013-2020 Jake B. Schrum 2000-2013 Roy B. Shilling, Jr. 1981-2000 Lawrence Durwood Fleming 1961-1981 William Carrington Finch 1949-1961 John Nelson Russel Rating 1942-1949 John William Bergin 1935-1941 King Vivion 1928-1935 James Samuel Barcus 1924-1928 Paul Whitfield Horn 1922-1924 Charles McTyeire Bishop 1911-1922 Robert Stewart Hyer 1898-1911 John H. McLean 1891-1897 John Wesley Heidt 1885-1889 Francis Asbury Temper 1873-1884

Soule College (1856)

Francis Asbury Temper 1868-1873 William Halsey 1861-1868 George W. Carter 1860-1861 William Halsey 1856-1860

McKenzie Faculty (1848)

John McKenzie


F. H. Blades 1846-1847

Wesleyan Faculty (1844)

Lester Janes 1844-1846

Rutersville Faculty (1840)

Chauncey Richardson


William Halsey


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