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Belhaven University
Motto Non Ministari Sed Ministare (To Serve Not To Be Served)
Established 1883
Type Private
President Roger Parrott
Faculty 49 full-time
Undergraduates 1428
Location Jackson, Mississippi
Colors Forest green and Vegas gold          
Mascot Blazers
Affiliations Presbyterian

Belhaven University ("Belhaven" or "BC") is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded by the now defunct Presbyterian Church in the United States, the school is independently run by a Board of Trustees. Belhaven is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Eight bachelor's degrees and four master’s degrees are offered. In addition to traditional majors, programs of general studies are available. There are also pre-professional programs in Christian ministry, medicine, dentistry, law, nursing, and medical technology.

The school sponsors intercollegiate athletic teams which compete in the NAIA's Mid-South Conference in football and the NAIA's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in other sports. Belhaven maintains satellite campuses for graduate and undergraduate studies in Houston, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida, and also conducts online programs.

Belhaven teaches from a "Christian Worldview Curriculum" and defines its mission as preparing "students academically and spiritually to serve Jesus Christ in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas."[1]


Early history

In 1894, Belhaven College was chartered by Lewis Fitzhugh as the "Belhaven College for Young Ladies" in a house in Jackson, Mississippi. Belhaven was the ancestral home in Scotland of Jones S. Hamilton, the former owner of the house. A fire destroyed the main building in February, 1895, but with the help of Jackson citizens, the College reopened in the fall of 1896 at the same site.

In 1911, the Central Mississippi Presbytery reopened the school at a new site as Belhaven Collegiate and Industrial Institute and merged it with McComb Female Institute. R. V. Lancaster of McComb became the third president as the two institutions merged. In 1939, Belhaven was merged with the Mississippi Synodical College, which had been opened in 1883. This date was adopted by the Board of Trustees as the official founding date of Belhaven College.


In 1921, the Reverend Guy T. Gillespie of Lexington, Mississippi, began a 33-year presidency during which Belhaven was first accredited, an endowment fund begun, and scholarship aid made available. In 1954, the Board of Trustees voted to make Belhaven fully co-educational. In 1972, the Synod of Mississippi transferred ownership of the college to the Board of Trustees.

In January 1996, Roger Parrott became the tenth president of the college, with about 1,300 enrolled students. Today, faculty and staff members are drawn from various Presbyterian denominations, primarily the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Presbyterian Church in America, and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The college receives both financial support and students from these three denominations.

Name Change

In December 2009, President Parrott announced that the Board of Trustees had voted unanimously to change the name of Belhaven College to Belhaven University, effective on January 1, 2010.

Fine arts

Belhaven is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,[2] the National Association of Schools of Music,[3] the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Belhaven is also the only Christian university in the U.S. offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in creative writing.


The Belhaven University athletics teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The football program began in 1998 under head coach Norman Joseph. Belhaven offers other athletic programs for both men and women including baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis.

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