Members of MC's Bicentennial Steering Committee named

Members of College’s Bicentennial Steering Committee named

May 5, 2017

Maryville College will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019, and to guide the special events and initiatives, a steering committee has been formed, Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart announced today.

“The bicentennial truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want to make certain that we throw a celebration befitting this venerable institution,” the president wrote in memo to faculty, staff, students and Board members. “I am frequently asked about bicentennial planning, so I know excitement for this historic milestone is building among our constituents both on and off campus.”

Dr. Gerald Gibson, president emeritus, and Wayne Kramer ’74, former chairman of the College’s Board of Directors, will serve as co-chairs, Bogart said. Gibson, who led the College from 1993 until 2010, was president during the institution’s 175th anniversary celebrations. Kramer is a member of a family with deep Maryville College roots. His grandfather, Dr. Ralph W. Lloyd, was a 1915 alumnus and served as president from 1930 until 1961. Lloyd wrote Maryville College: A History of 150 Years in time for the College’s Sesquicentennial in 1969.

“Both Gerald and Wayne know and love the history of Maryville College, and I have no doubt that they will lead with wisdom and creativity, just as they did in their other official capacities with the College,” Bogart said. “I am pleased and grateful for their willingness to help guide the committee that will plan such a memorable year.”

Other members of the steering committee include Dr. Carl Gombert, professor of art; Dr. Drew Crain, professor of biology; Cole Piper ’68, executive-in-residence for the University of Tennessee’s Retail and Consumer Sciences department; Suzy Booker, vice president for institutional advancement; Sue van Aken ’83 retired administrator of the Franklin Township (N.J.) Recreation Department; Nichole Johnson McCord ’02, Title I teacher with Blount County Schools; the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister; and Tom Taylor ‘70, mayor of the city of Maryville.

Seven members of the steering committee also will chair subcommittees that will be tasked with specific projects and responsibilities.

Gombert will chair the subcommittee charged with historical/legacy projects and storytelling. Crain’s subcommittee will focus on academic and co-curricular initiatives. Piper’s subcommittee will lead promotion and communication efforts. Booker will chair a subcommittee focused on fundraising and strategic initiatives, and van Aken and McCord will co-chair the subcommittee that will lend expertise in event planning. McKee and Taylor will co-chair a subcommittee charged with involving churches and the external community in bicentennial celebrations.

Celebration will be year-long

Bogart said the College will observe the bicentennial from January 2019 until December 2019, straddling two academic years. The biggest celebrations are expected for Homecoming 2019, which is already slated for the weekend of Oct. 18-20.

“The Saturday of Homecoming 2019 – Oct. 19 – is the actual founding date of the College,” Bogart said. “We are working to try and have all of our sports teams play at home that Saturday. We want the entire Maryville College community to come together and celebrate that weekend.”

College began as seminary

The Synod of Tennessee established the “Southern and Western Theological Seminary” in 1819, persuaded by the Rev. Isaac Anderson, pastor of Maryville’s New Providence Presbyterian Church, who saw a great need for trained ministers and churches in the new frontier. Anderson was the seminary’s only teacher and officer for six years. Initially located on land in present-day downtown Maryville, the institution was chartered “Maryville College” by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1842 and moved to its present location in 1867.

Today, the College serves approximately 1,200 undergraduates and is a nationally ranked institution known for successfully joining the liberal arts with professional preparation.

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”