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Emory & Henry College
Motto Macte Virtute (Increase in Excellence)
Established 1836
Type Private, Liberal Arts college
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $66.5 million[1]
President Rosalind Reichard
Undergraduates 941
Postgraduates 37
Location Emory, Virginia, United States
36°46′25″N 81°50′00″W / 36.77361°N 81.8333333°W / 36.77361; -81.8333333Coordinates: 36°46′25″N 81°50′00″W / 36.77361°N 81.8333333°W / 36.77361; -81.8333333
Athletics NCAA Division III
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Colors Blue and Gold         
Nickname The Wasps
Mascot Wasp
Website http://www.ehc.edu

Emory & Henry College ("E&H" or "the College") is a liberal arts college located in Emory, Virginia. The campus is situated in Washington County, Virginia, which is part of the mountain region of Southwest Virginia. It is listed as one of 40 "Colleges that Change Lives."[2] E&H faculty members have been recognized five times as "Virginia Professor of the Year" and once as "U.S. Professor of the Year" by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.



Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry College is named after John Emory, a Methodist bishop, and Patrick Henry, an American Patriot and Virginia’s first governor. The college was founded upon a belief in the union of faith and learning and the ideals of freedom and civic virtue.

The College saw battle in the Civil war during the Battle of Saltville, serving as a hospital for the Confederate States of America from 1861-1865. The hospital saw its darkest hour with the murder of Lieutenant Smith on October 7, 1864 by Champ Ferguson. This can be read about at the Emory and Henry College Hospital page. In 1918, the school was merged with nearby Martha Washington College.[3]

As the oldest college in Southwest Virginia, Emory & Henry College’s entire 931 acres (1.3 km²) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The college, which has always operated under the same name and affiliation, is also one of the oldest colleges in the South.

Today, the college comprises a student body population of around 1,000, and the faculty has had books published by such major university presses as University of Tennessee Press and Cambridge University Press. Six of Emory & Henry’s professors have received the renowned Virginia Professor of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation and one, Dr. Stephen L. Fisher, has received the national Professor of the Year award.


"Increase in Excellence," the historic motto of Emory & Henry College, expresses the college’s intention to be a learning community that moves toward fulfilling every student's potential. Bishop John Emory, along with the founders of Methodism, symbolizes the college’s belief in the union of faith and learning, while Governor Patrick Henry symbolizes the college’s commitment to freedom and civic virtue.

E&H affirms the Christian faith as its spiritual and moral heritage and encourages all of the college’s members to grow in faith as they grow in knowledge. E&H believes in the worth of each person's religious and cultural heritage, inasmuch as that heritage leads to service to others in our region and the larger world.

E&H affirms the liberal arts as its intellectual foundation and believes that excellence results when everyone actively participates in the educational process. The college challenges all persons to confront historical and contemporary ideas and issues and to develop the ability to think critically about all areas of human experience.

Such traditions provide the context for the college’s pursuit of excellence, as it engages a diverse group of well-qualified men and women in educational experiences that lead to lives of service, productive careers, and global citizenship.


Located in the Virginia Highlands, the Emory & Henry central campus encompasses 168 acres and is surrounded by an additional 167 undeveloped acreage in the village of Emory. The entire central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Register of Historic Landmarks.


With many campus buildings dating from the mid 19th century, several major academic buildings are listed on the national registry of historic buildings, including Wiley Hall which recently reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation. The current president has also undertaken a significant commitment to building new buildings or renovating existing ones. Along with a new Music addition and several new dormitories, the college is prepared to break ground on a new athletic field house and performing arts center.

Wiley Jackson
Wiley Jackson, nicknamed MaWa, is the primary female dorm. Its official name is in honor of a benefactor, while the building's nickname refers to Martha Washington College.[4]

Wiley Jackson, Hillman, Weaver, Stuart, Sullins, Carriger, and Matthews Hall, The Cottage, Douglas, Fachilla, Waterhouse, Houses 14-17, Linden, Cambridge, Damer, Princeton, and Collins House

McGlothlin-Street, Wiley Hall, Fulton-Miller, Byars

King Center, Martin-Brock, Van Dyke


Emory & Henry College’s liberal arts academic program is based upon a required four-year core curriculum of history, literature, and culture. The college has more than 25 academic programs of study and offers more than 50 Bachelor degrees. As previously mentioned, the college has nationally recognized programs in public policy and community service and international studies. The school newspaper is the Whitetopper which was established in 1921. The College's name is officially "Emory & Henry College," not "Emory and Henry College." This is reflected in the name of the College's literary magazine, "Ampersand."

Current members of the college's faculty have been published by some of the best press's in their fields, including Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press; it's faculty has also been Visiting Professors at such presetgious universities as Virginia Tech.

Rankings and recognition

Forbes Magazine ranks Emory & Henry among the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation. Emory & Henry was one of five Virginia institutions to make the top 100 and the only regional college or university among the 569 (or the top 15 percent) selected for the ranking out of the 3,798 institutions nationwide.

"Emory & Henry doubles the talents of most of the kids it gets, and contributes to their moral development as well. It is a caring, nurturing college, and it may be unique in the way it works with parents . . . I didn't meet anyone who wished he'd gotten into some other school, which is unusual, because at nearly every college, except maybe Harvard, there is a sullen cohort of rejected suitors of another institution." - Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives.

In the last 20 years, six E&H professors have been named Virginia or U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education -- a feat unmatched by any college or university in the state.

In the last 12 years, four Emory & Henry professors have received the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia.

According to measurements of student satisfaction conducted by the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), Emory & Henry students rate their college well above the national average for four-year institutions with regard to the quality of the instruction they receive and the effectiveness of their academic advisors. Among the many other categories in which Emory & Henry sharply exceeds the national average are the desire for students to enroll again and their assessment of the helpfulness of E&H staff and administrators.

Emory & Henry College is one of 100 colleges from across the nation that have been named to a list recognizing their distinctive abilities to provide excellence in education and to dramatically improve the chances of success for their students. The listing, which is published by Student Horizons, Inc., recognizes schools on the basis of student engagement, excellence in teaching and the successful outcomes for students and graduates.

In 2004, y'all magazine listed Emory & Henry among the 40 colleges and universities in the South with the greatest football traditions. "Not to be overshadowed by neighboring Division I powerhouses . . .Winning seasons plus pride and pageantry equals one of the greatest Southern football traditions."


View of E&H's football field

Emory & Henry College’s sports teams, nicknamed the “Wasps,” participate in NCAA Division III in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The college fields teams in men’s football, soccer, basketball, golf, baseball, cross country, and tennis and women’s cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, and swimming.

The E&H Wasps are credited with inventing an American football offensive formation, named in the college's honor, that divides the offensive line and wide receivers into three groupings of three.[5] While it is primarily used today as a trick play, it was revived in 2007 as an integral part of the A-11 offense, a high school football offensive scheme that was eventually banned due to the exploitation of loopholes in the high school rulebooks. The offense inspired Steve Spurrier to use variations of it as a trickplay formation at Florida and South Carolina named "Emory & Henry", as Spurrier attended Wasps games as a child growing up in nearby Johnson City, TN. The formation is featured on EA Sports' NCAA Football 07 video game as well.

Fight Song "Rah, Rah, for Emory!"

We're Emory born and Emory bred
And when we die we'll be Emory dead!
So Rah, Rah, for Emory & Henry!
Rah, Rah, for Emory & Henry!
Rah, Rah, for Emory! Rah, Rah, Rah!
Old Blue and Gold will reign on high,
We'll win this game to DAY OR DIE!
So Rah, Rah, for Emory & Henry!
Rah, Rah, for Emory & Henry!
Rah, Rah, for Emory! Rah, Rah, Rah!"


In recent years, five E&H professors have been named Carnegie Foundation state Professor of the Year - a distinction shared by only a handful of colleges and universities in the nation. The college strives to have a global perspective on education with an emphasis on undergraduate research. Students have the opportunity to to study abroad or travel abroad with professors. E&H students are able to attend to a range of lectures and cultural events, called Lyceums, led by political figures, area experts, or artists.

Service The College integrates education with service and citizenship. Students have opportunities to volunteer and improve the lives of others. Furthermore, volunteerism can be into social activism through the Public Policy and Community Service Program and the Appalachian Center for Community Service.

Student research E&H professors prepare students by providing research opportunities. Students studying biology could be collecting microbes 150 feet under water. Physics majors could find themselves photographing binary stars. Students who do research for a political science class could be presenting their work to a major conferences such as the Western Political Science Association.

Study abroad The International Education and Study Abroad Program is an important part of the liberal arts curriculum. In a partnership with CIEE students have spent semesters or summers abroad, or participated in Emory abroad courses -- short-term international programs led by the E&H faculty. Through active engagement, the program enhances global awareness through an understanding of cultural diversity and global interdependence.

Lyceum Each year, Emory & Henry holds close to 100 concerts, lectures, theatre, dance performances, films, exhibits, and poetry readings to complete the academic experience. Of the lyceum events, the biggest are a literary festival each November and ah a Spring Forum focused on a particular social issue.

Outdoor program The College is located in the Appalachian Mountains with forests to hike, mountains for cross-country skiing, creeks to paddle, cliffs for rappelling, and caves for spelunking. The Appalachian and Iron Mountain Trails, The Virginia Creeper Trail, The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, The Jefferson and George Washington National Forests, and the New, Nantahala, and Clinch rivers are all close by.

Student activities

There are more than 70 student organizations are active on Emory & Henry's campus. Community service projects are also a way many students, especially Bonner Scholars, spend their free time. Often students will mountain bike or hike on the numerous trials in nearby Damascus or Abingdon, or spend time outside participating in rock climbing, kayaking or other outdoor sports. Sports such as football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and volleyball are offered as both intercollegiate and as intramural sports. There is also a flourishing Greek life with six sororities and seven fraternities currently active on campus.

Notable alumni

  • Joseph P. Johnson (B.A., 1952) - Virginia House of Delegates
  • Joe L. Kincheloe - class of 1972. World renown author of 50 books on education, culture, and politics. Canada Research Chair in Critical Pedagogy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (see Wikipedia entry).
  • Henry DeLamar Clayton (general) - Confederate major general during the Civil War
  • B. B. Comer - Governor of Alabama, 1907-1911
  • Richard Joshua Reynolds - founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
  • Frank Rowlett - American cryptologist who cracked the Japanese code during World War II
  • Henry Carter Stuart (Class of 1874) - Governor of Virginia from 1914-1918 (E&H's Stuart Hall is named for him)
  • Glen Roberts - (1930s) Credited as the originator of the modern-day jumpshot in basketball. Went on to be an All-American and score over 2,000 career points.
  • Samuel W. Small, journalist, evangelist, prohibitionist
  • Harley Orrin Staggers - (1930s) West Virginia Congressman who spent 32 years in office and befriended Truman, JFK, Nixon, and Ford.
  • Dr. Charles W. Sydnor - Class of 1965. Celebrated World War II historian credited for tracking down and testifying against Nazi war criminals who had illegally entered the United States. Also the former CEO of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting and 1995 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for his role as executive producer on a 50-year D-Day anniversary retrospective titled "A Soldier's Day: D-Day Remembered."
  • Patsi Barnes Trollinger--Class of [tba]. Writer and children's author.
  • Sonny Wade - Class of 1969. 1968 All-America in football as a quarterback. Went on to an outstanding career in the CFL where he won several Grey Cups, MVP awards, and set numerous records.
  • Hobart G. "Hobie" Cawood - Class of 1957. Former Superintendent of Independence Hall National Park in Philadelphia, PA. Oversaw planning and implementation for much of the Bicentennial Celebration.
  • J.E.B. Stuart - 1848-1850—a U.S. Army officer and a Confederate general during the American Civil War.


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