GC listed among elite group of liberal arts colleges and universities

Jim Durham
News Bureau Director

Georgetown College is Kentucky’s newest addition to the Southern University Conference, a 75-year-old organization for prestigious liberal arts colleges and universities. Membership in the conference is by invitation.

Dr. Jake B. Schrum, President of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and the organization’s secretary-treasurer, stated, “Southern University Conference has for over seven decades been looking for college and university members who represent the best public and private institutions in the south and southwest. We are thrilled to invite Georgetown College to be included in our membership.”

Berea College, Centre College and Transylvania University are the only others in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on the organization’s roster.

Of Georgetown College’s membership, Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost and Academic Dean, said, “This affirms Georgetown’s growing reputation and distinction, and recognizes the unique contribution we are making to education in the south.”

The induction ceremony was held this past weekend in Savannah, Georgia, at the annual meeting of the Conference. Georgetown College was represented by President William H. Crouch, Jr.

The purpose of the Conference as stated in its Constitution is the consideration of “matters pertaining to the upper division of college work, to graduate work, and to all common interests of its members.” Consideration of new members is generally limited to five-year intervals.

Members include, among others, Davidson, Eckerd, and Elon Colleges, along with Furman, Mercer, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest Universities. A complete list of member institutions is attached.

Austin College, Sherman, Texas, is the only other 2010 inductee.

Members of the Conference

CollegeDate of InitiationLocation
Agnes Scott College1935Decatur, GA
Austin College2010Sherman, TX
Baylor University1935Waco, TX
Berea College1973Berea, KY
Birmingham Southern College1935Birmingham, AL
Centenary College of Louisiana1994Shreveport, LA
Centre College1935Danville, KY
Clemson University2001Clemson, SC
College of Charleston1935Charleston, SC
Converse College1937Spartanburg, SC
Davidson College1935Davidson, NC
Eckerd College1988St. Petersburg, FL
Elon University2002Elon, NC
Emory University1935Atlanta, GA
Furman University1950Greenville, SC
Georgetown College2010Georgetown, KY
Georgia College & State UniversityMilledgeville, GA
Guilford College1988Greensboro, NC
Hendrix College1936Conway, AR
LaGrange College2007LaGrange, GA
Mercer University1959Macon, GA
Millsaps College1935Jackson, MS
Mississippi University for Women1935Columbus, MS
Morehouse College1968Atlanta, GA
New College of Florida2004Sarasota, FL
Randolph-Macon College1990Ashland, VA
Rhodes College1937Memphis, TN
Rice University1935Houston, TX
Rollins College1988Winter Park, FL
Salem College2002Winston-Salem, NC
Shenandoah UniversityWinchester, VA
Southern Methodist University1935Dallas, TX
Southwestern University1981Georgetown, TX
Stetson University1958Deland, FL
Texas Christian University1935Fort Worth, TX
Transylvania University1979Lexington, KY
Trinity University1969San Antonio, TX
University of Alabama1935Tuscaloosa, AL
University of GeorgiaAthens, GA
University of Louisiana at Lafayette1961Lafayette, LA
University of Mary Washington1965Fredericksburg, VA
University of Mississippi1935University, MS
University of Montevallo1935Montevallo, AL
University of North Carolina at Asheville1989Asheville, NC
University of North Carolina at Greensboro1950Greensboro, NC
University of Richmond1935Richmond, VA
University of South Carolina – Columbia1960Columbia, SC
University of Southern Mississippi1989Hattiesburg, MS
University of the South1935Sewanee, TN
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga1935Chattanooga, TN
University of Virginia2002Charlottesville, VA
Vanderbilt University1935Nashville, TN
Wake Forest University1941Winston-Salem, NC
Warren Wilson College2002Asheville, NC
Washington and Lee University1935Lexington, VA
Wofford College1935Spartanburg, SC