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Paul Quinn College
Established 1872
Religious affiliation African Methodist Episcopal Church
Location Dallas, Texas,
United States
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Affiliations Red River Athletic Conference

Paul Quinn College is a private, historically black college (HBCU) located in Dallas, Texas, United States. Paul Quinn College holds the distinction as the oldest historically black college in the state of Texas. The college is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). On June 26, 2009, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked its accreditation, barring it from issuing degrees and its students from receiving federal financial aid.

On August 27, 2009, an Atlanta judge temporarily reinstated Paul Quinn's membership into the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools while the college proceeds with a lawsuit to regain its accreditation. This reinstatement restored Paul Quinn's ability to grant degrees and for its students to receive federal aid.[1]



Founded in 1872 in Austin, Texas, the college is named after William Paul Quinn (1788-1873), the fourth bishop of the AME Church. The school later moved to Waco; there a trade school occupied a building at Eighth Street and Mary Street. Between 1950 and 1954 a campus church, a student union building, a gymnasium, and an administration building were erected.[2]

In 1990, the school moved to its current campus in Dallas, located on the former campus of Bishop College, about one half mile west of Interstate 45 and two miles north of Interstate 20. The fall 1990 semester began on September 20 with 1,020 students.[2]

In 2007, the school was put on probation by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 2009, it lost accreditation on the basis of its financial and academic problems. [3] According to the Association, "They had made progress ... but they ran out of time before they could come into compliance on everything," [4]. Michael Sorrell, the president of the college, has announced its intention to appeal. [5]

Dress code establishment

Since the 2007 academic year, students have been required to wear "business casual" attire to classes and in the cafeteria.[6][7][8]


The John Hurst Adams Administrative Building (formerly Price-Branch Classroom Building) contains administrative offices and classrooms.[2]

The Isabel and Comer Cottrell Student Union (completed in 1970) includes the dining facilities and student union.[2]

The primary classroom facilities include:

  • Joseph J. Rhoads Education Building (completed in 1961)
  • W. R. White Science and Mathematics Building (completed in 1966, renovated in 1992)[2]

The Richard Allen Chapel (formerly Carr P. Collins Chapel), completed in 1970, serves as the religious education building.[2]

The gymnasium was completed in 1961. Zale Library was completed in 1963.[2]

Residence halls

The school has two residence halls:

  • Lucy Hughes Hall (formerly Pearl C. Anderson Hall) - The dormitory for females opened in 1969 as a facility of Bishop College.
  • Ronald V. Wells Hall - The dormitory opened in 1962 and received renovation in 1984, both during the existence of Bishop College.

In addition the school operates the T. M. Chambers House and the J. M. Ellison House; the facilities are apartments for faculty and staff. They opened in 1963.[2]

Additional reading

External links


  1. ^ Paul Quinn loses Accreditation
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paul Quinn College Course Catalog" (pdf). Paul Quinn College. Retrieved 2008-08-30.  
  3. ^ "Dallas' Paul Quinn College loses accreditation" by H. K Hacker & R. Appleton. The Dallas Morning News June 26, 2009 link
  4. ^ "Paul Quinn College, a Historically Black Institution in Texas, Loses Accreditation", Chronicle of Higher Education, June 26, 2009 [1]
  5. ^ "Paul Quinn College officials to appeal loss of accreditation" by H. K Hacker The Dallas Morning News June 26, 2009 link
  6. ^ "CHANGES FOR 2007 - 2008".  
  7. ^ "Michael Sorrell: "We must prepare them for the business world"".  
  8. ^ "Dressing Like the Big Man on Campus." Fox News. Accessed September 28, 2008.

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