Brewton-Parker College is a coeducational, four-year institution affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Students study the traditional liberal arts and sciences, as well as selected professional and preprofessional programs, in a Christian environment on the main campus at Mount Vernon, in Montgomery County. The school offers extension programs on campuses in Baxley, Glennville, Newnan, Norman Park (in Colquitt County), Savannah, and Liberty County.
Union Baptist Institute
In a joint session early in 1904, the Telfair and Daniell Baptist associations agreed to establish a school in whichever community provided the most support. The Montgomery County towns of Mount Vernon and Ailey, bidding together, submitted a winning bid of $15,000 and fifteen acres of land, and in March 1904 the associations announced that the school would be located between the two towns. On April 28, 1904, the Montgomery County Superior Court granted a charter for the Union Baptist Institute.
Additional associations joined the organizational efforts, and from the delegates of these associations, a board of trustees was elected to administer the school. With Brewton as president, the Union
In 1912 the trustees changed the name of the school to Brewton-Parker Institute, in honor of the two men who had contributed the most toward its establishment. In 1923 the institution added a college freshman class; four years later, a sophomore class was added, elevating Brewton-Parker Institute to junior college status. Responsibility for elementary education was transferred to the Montgomery County Board of Education in 1929, leaving only high school and junior college courses on campus.
The 270-acre campus in Mount Vernon includes forty-six buildings, outdoor athletic properties, and a five-acre lake situated in a tranquil, rural setting. Fall 2004 enrollment was just over 1,100. Brewton-Parker, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2004, continues its original mission of providing Christian education to young men and women. The college offers five baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Ministry, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Business Administration.
Ann C. Turner, Brewton-Parker College: Triumph over Adversity: The First One Hundred Years, Bold Vision, Proud Heritage, Christian Faith (Nashville, Tenn.: Fields Publishing, 2003).
Ann C. Turner, Brewton-Parker College
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