Dear Members of the Maryville College Community,
When I interviewed to become the president of Maryville College back in 2009, I knew that, if selected for the job, I could very well be the person to guide this institution through its 200th year in 2019. That possibility both excited me and scared me.
The excitement part, I probably don’t need to explain – milestone anniversaries are known for fun events, special guests, new ideas and more attention from the outside. The fear comes from a little pressure. Number 200 doesn’t come around again. People will expect us to get it right.
As they should. Maryville College deserves celebration. Read More →
Initially established as the “Southern and Western Theological Seminary” by the Synod of Tennessee on Oct. 19, 1819, and chartered “Maryville College” by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1842, the institution was the vision of the Rev. Isaac Anderson, pastor of Maryville’s New Providence Presbyterian Church, who saw a great need for educated ministers and leaders in the new frontier.
Over the last two centuries, the College has met that need by preparing nearly 17,000 citizens and leaders who have ventured into the world to, as Rev. Anderson implored, “do good on the largest possible scale.”
The main goals for the Bicentennial are for more people to get to know Maryville College, for more people to realize and celebrate the College’s influence in the region, and for more people to support the important work happening here.
Our tagline for the Bicentennial is “Noble, Grand & True.” Taken from the 119-year-old Alma Mater, the adjectives still describe Maryville College: Noble, because of its commitment to excellence; grand, because of its appearance and ambition; and true, because of its promise to remain true to the ideals of the liberal arts, of scholarship, of faith and learning, of diversity, of citizenship and leadership.
These webpages are designed to give space to stories and to communicate news related to the Bicentennial celebration. The pages are a work in progress, as we will be adding content throughout the Bicentennial year and in the months leading up to it. I hope you check in often and join us as we celebrate this historic milestone.
Dr. Tom Bogart, President
The College’s nearly 200-year history includes humble origins, heroic individuals, bold decisions, unique traditions and ambitious advancements. Read the Founding Story, follow the timeline and learn more about our presidents, campus and traditions. Appreciate MC’s history.
Planning & Structure
Maryville College’s Bicentennial Steering Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Gerald Gibson, president emeritus, and Wayne Kramer ’74, former chairman of the College’s Board of Directors, will guide the special events and initiatives. Read more.
Images of the earliest years of the College are scarce, but Archives has a good collection of photos that show change and progress through two centuries. We’re starting with some of the oldest images. Take a look.
In recent years, the College has filmed interviews with former faculty and staff, students, graduates and donors. We have memories of Anderson Hall, of Crawford House, of legends. Watch them here, and come back for more.
Share your Story
It is the memories, common experiences and values that bind together the Maryville College community and provide a solid foundation on which to build a Bicentennial. At a place as old as MC, stories abound, but we are always happy to collect more. Share yours.
For nearly two centuries, students at Maryville College have received a world-class liberal arts education thanks to financial gifts from alumni, parents, companies, foundations, churches, faculty, staff and friends. Ensure that the excellence and transformative quality of an MC education continue into a third century. Give today.