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Brewton-Parker College

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Established 1904
Type Private
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Endowment $13.3 million[1]
President Dr. David R. Smith
Faculty 189[1]
Students 1,119[1]
Location Mount Vernon, GA, USA
Campus Rural, 280 acres (1.13 km²)
Colors Orange & Blue          
Mascot Barons
Affiliations NAIA
Website http://www.bpc.edu/

Brewton-Parker College is a a private, Christian, coeducational college whose main campus is located in Mount Vernon, Georgia, USA. Brewton-Parker is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.

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History

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Organization

In 1904, Reverend John Carter Brewton, pastor of the McRae Baptist Church, and Charles Benton Parker, a prominent businessman in McRae, resolved to establish a private boarding school to serve elementary and high school students from Montgomery County and the surrounding area. As there were no public high schools at that time, the school played an important role in furthering the education of the area’s youth. The Telfair and Daniell Baptist associations were enthusiastic supporters. The school was placed between Mount Vernon and Ailey, as working together the town bid more support than any either community. The Union Baptist Institute, chartered April 28, 1904, joined with other Baptist associations, with Rev. Brewton as elected president of its board of trustees.[2]

Formation

The co-ed Union Baptist Institute formally opened on September 12, 1905 with a four-building campus, serving 160 students in grades one through eleven. The school's first year was very successful and as word spread, enrollment more than doubled to 365. In 1912 the school was renamed to Brewton-Parker Institute; it was accredited in 1918 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

College

Brewton-Parker Institute became a junior college after college freshmen and sophomore classes were added in 1923 and 1927. Elementary classes were removed in 1929. In 1948, high school classes were also removed. The school was renamed Brewton-Parker Junior College and transferred to the governance of the Georgia Baptist Convention. By the early 1980s, public two-year community colleges had been established throughout the state. At the same time, there was a greater demand for graduates of four-year colleges. In mind of these changes, the school evolved on December 9, 1986 into a four-year institution, Brewton-Parker College.

BPC now offers undergraduate degrees in seven academic departments with 19 majors. Most of its programs have internships, offering practical, hands-on experience as well as academic content. Further, in applicable areas, undergraduates are encouraged to participate with faculty in performing research and presenting papers.

As the only independent college in rural southeast Georgia, BPC plays an important educational role in one of the state’s poorest areas. It serves many first generation college students and provides learning assistance to other, non-traditional students seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. Among private colleges, Brewton-Parker enrolls three times as many minority students as the national average.

Unfortunately, Brewton-Parker no longer offers any degree programs in the field of music. All four degree programs: performance, BA music, church music, and music education are currently being phased out due to decisions made by the Brewton-Parker College Trustees and President, Dr. David Smith. Dr. Pierce Dickens, Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies; Dr. Kandie Smith, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre; and Dr. Ben Caston, Assistant Professor of Voice and Church Music and Director of The Baron Ringers, are all being released from their teaching posts as of Jan. 2010 among other faculty members across the campus.

Campus

The main college campus is in Mount Vernon on 270 acres (1.1 km2) and includes forty-six buildings, outdoor athletic properties, and a 5-acre (20,000 m2) lake. The college no longer offers classes in Hinesville where it built a facility, Norman Park. The Newnan campus will remain open. Most of these students come from nearby communities and, after graduation, many of them choose to return to these communities.

Organization

Students and faculty

Student demographics:

  • 73.2% Caucasian
  • 24% African American
  • 2% Hispanic
  • 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • 0.3% Native American[1]

There is a 2:1 female-male student ratio and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio.

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Sports, clubs, and traditions

Brewton-Parker is a member of the NAIA and fields teams for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, softball, and women's volleyball in intercollegiate competition. Intramural sports include basketball, football, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball.

Student groups at the school include a drama/theater group, a student-run newspaper, choral group, Council of Intramural Activities, Student Activities Council, Rotaract, Circle K, Alpha Omega Campus Ministry ,and a Baptist Campus Ministry.

The college also recently created an in-depth Creative Expressions BFA, which brought with it several extracurricular opportunities in creative writing, film production and analysis, visual art and musical theatre.

Noted alumni

Noted faculty

  • H. Lee Cheek, Jr. is Chair of the Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science. He is one of the world's leading scholars of American political thought generally, and of John C. Calhoun's political thought, more specifically.

Pierce Dickens, DMA Organ Performance - The University of Alabama Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Keyboard Studies

Kandie Smith, DMA Vocal Performance - College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, OH Associate Professor of Voice, Director of Lyric Theatre

Ben Caston, DMA Church Music - New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Assistant Professor of Voice, Church Music, Director of The Baron Ringers

Sonja Sepulveda, DMA Choral Conducting - The University of South Carolina Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activties - Concert Choir, Choral Society, Jazz Voices

Glenn Eernisse, DMM Church Music - The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Professor of Music, Chair

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