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Newberry College
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Established 1856
Type Private
President Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D.
Students 980
Location Newberry, South Carolina, United States
Campus 90 acres

Newberry College is a liberal-arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) located on a historic ninety acre (324,000 m²) campus in Newberry, South Carolina.

The college has 950 students and a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. The school's website says, "Newberry College ensures that students receive individual attention and guidance as part of its values-based curriculum."



In 2006-2007, Newberry College celebrated its 150th anniversary of service and educational leadership to the Newberry community, South Carolina, and to the Lutheran Church.

Newberry's heritage began in 1828 at the annual meeting of the Lutheran Synod in South Carolina and Adjacent States—nearly 30 years before it was chartered as a college by the State of South Carolina. At that 1828 meeting the Rev. John Bachman, President of the Synod, recommended the establishment of a seminary to train Lutheran ministers. The following year the Synod followed his advice and voted to establish a seminary and classical academy.

The new seminary-academy opened its doors in February 1831, near Pomaria, South Carolina (about 15 miles (24 km) from the College's present location); it moved to neighboring Lexington, South Carolina in 1834 and remained there for more than 20 years.

In 1854 the Synod voted to make the institution a degree-granting college, in 1855 to move it to Newberry, and in 1856—just before the granting of the charter—to name it Newberry College. A preparatory department opened in 1858, and the College and Seminary began operation in February 1859.

It prospered until the Civil War when nearly all faculty and students were called into military service. At the end of the war, the only college building was occupied by federal troops. In 1868, as a result of the physical condition of the building, the military occupation, and the depletion of the endowment funds, the College faced a severe financial crisis. St. John's Lutheran church in Walhalla, South Carolina, in the extreme northwestern corner of the state, offered the College a new home and the offer was accepted. In 1877 through the efforts of Newberry residents, the College returned to its original site in Newberry, where it has prospered since.

The College has maintained its association with the Lutheran Church. Today Newberry is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the ELCA.

In the spring of 2009, the college launched it's Newberry FastForward program, which is an adult degree completion program for adults. The program includes a flexible course format, an accelerated schedule, and a reduced tuition structure for older returning students seeking a bachelor's degree.

Setzler administration

- On July 29, 1992 The State Newspaper reported that then Head Football Coach Brad Senter had resigned amid question of his qualifications and his hiring. "Interviews by The State with ex bosses, former assistant coaches and other colleagues" Showed that Senter "Exaggerated or misstated some of his titles and duties for much of the past 19 years"

- The State's article goes on to show Hubert H. Setzler Jr. Then College president who had personally hired Senter did nothing when he was informed of the errors in Coach Senter's record and actually tried to cover the matter up, when exposed by another member on the coaching staff, after Coach Senter had been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina for shoplifting.

- Further investigation of problems with in President Setzler's administration, and President Setzler’s behavior, were suspended upon his resignation August 11, 1992.

  • It should be noted that the allegations of misconduct on the part of Dr. Setzler were later proven to be groundless. The allegations were nothing more than a political ploy on the part of Dr. Setzler's enemies on the Newberry College Alumni Association to oust Dr. Setzler and replace him with a president they considered more suitable.


Newberry College has a diverse line-up in men and women’s sports including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. The College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II) and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC).

Newberry's football team won their first South Atlantic Conference Championship in the 2006 season. The team finished with a 10-1 record in the regular season, losing only in their last game ever against their rival, Presbyterian College. The team also won a first round game in their first ever post season appearance in Division II football.

In August 2005, Newberry College was placed on a watch list by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) along with 17 other schools which deemed the use of “Indians” as hostile and abusive, and prohibited the use of Native American nicknames, mascots and imagery in postseason competition.

In September 2005, Newberry College appealed to be removed from the list of schools which were declared unable to host postseason play on the basis that none of the institution's uses of “Indians” were hostile and/or abusive toward Native Americans.

The next month, the NCAA rejected Newberry’s appeal.

On May 7, 2008 Newberry's Athletic Department officially retired the nickname "Indians" from all of the school's 15 NCAA athletic teams. At this point, the only identifying logo to be used for Newberry College’s athletic teams is the “Block N” currently displayed on the website. That logo is available upon request to the College’s Sports Information office.

Newberry College's board of trustees is considering several possibilities for a new team nickname, including Red Angels, Red Knights, Bison, and N-Vaders. There is also a major grassroots effort--on Facebook and elsewhere--to adopt "Red Wolves" as the college mascot and nickname, primarily because of the animal's historical significance. The Red Wolf, Canis rufus, was first described by the Rev. John Bachman, founder of Newberry College, and its fur is gray and red--in keeping with the current school colors of Scarlet and Gray. Another similar grassroots effort exists among alumni on Facebook and other social network sites to adopt the mascot "Fire Ants," an effort that was initiated by several members of the Communications Department in the late 90's.

Notable alumni

  • Lee Atwater - Political activist, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
  • Cal Cooper - Major League Baseball player in 1948
  • Mark Hammond - South Carolina Secretary of State
  • James P. Coggins - The Voice of Newberry College athletics on WKDK - AM1240
  • Asbury Lever - US Congressman, 1901-1919
  • Amanda Pennekamp- Miss Earth 2006
  • Patty Sellers (Hansen) - 2006 Business Woman of the Year, NC and Author of a guidebook and children's series
  • Henry Summer - Newberry County Council Chairman
  • John Lesaine - Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Newberry College
  • Rob Walden - Sports Information Intern, Charleston Southern University
  • John Paul Whitaker (Whitaker Floor Coverings) - business and church leader
  • Keeno Griffin - 2009 NCAA National Wrestling Champion 197LBS
  • Cy Wainwright - 2009 NCAA National Wrestling Champion 285LBS (Graduate Assistant Wrestling Coach St Cloud State University)
  • Carlos Evans - Executive Vice President, Head of Eastern Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo & Company

Student life

Dopey's Hamburgers is an eatery across from the dorms that is open from 9pm to until "Dopey" decides to close for the night. Hamburgers here traditionally do not come with pickles but do include onions. One of the traditional activities at Dopey's is to count the number of times that "Buzz", the cook, blinks.

Founder of "Dopey's" John L. "Dopey" Edwards; Dopey died April 7 2008.



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Coordinates: 34°17′06″N 81°37′15″W / 34.2851°N 81.6207°W / 34.2851; -81.6207



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