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Previous Presidents

From 1823 - 1874 several "principals," "faculty chairmen" and "presidents" served the three institutions, Jackson Academy, West Tennessee College and Union University - Murfreesboro. These schools formed the various streams that shaped Southwest Baptist University, as the institution was named at the formation of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (1874/75).

The university was founded in 1823 and chartered in 1825. The institution was re-chartered in 1875 as Southwest Baptist University with the establishment of the institution's new relationship with the TBC. The name of the institution was changed again to the current Union University in 1907.

The Presidents' portraits on the wall in the Heritage Center in the Grant Events Center (pictured below in chronological order) include the 15 presidents elected since the 1875 charter:

  1. 1. William Shelton, 1875-1876
  2. 2. George W. Jarman, 1876-1890
  3. 3. George M. Savage, 1890-1904
  4. 4. Philip Thomas Hale, 1904-1906
  5. 5. John W. Conger, 1907-1909
  6. 6. Robert A. Kimbrough, 1911-1913
  7. 7. Richard M. Inlow, 1913
  8. 2. George M. Savage, 1915-18
  9. 8. Henry E. Watters, 1918-1931
  10. 9. John J. Hurt, 1932-1945
  11. 10. Warren F. Jones, 1945-1963
  12. 11. Francis E. Wright, 1963-1967
  13. 12. Robert E. Craig, 1967-1986
  14. 13. Hyran E. Barefoot, 1986-1996 (Chancellor, 1996-1999)
  15. 14. David S. Dockery (elected December 8, 1995)

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  • Availability, Pricing and Reservations:
    Nikki Castles, Director of Conferences, Special Events and Reservations
    731-661-5909 or ncastles@uu.edu

Current Reservations

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
  • Internship Luncheon in Chapman Dining Room: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Luncheon hosted by Paul Priddy
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  • HR' Snack and Learn in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Snack and Learn
Thursday, March 12, 2015
  • SACS Staff Workshop in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, March 13, 2015
  • SACS Staff Workshop in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • WTSHRM Lunch Meetings in Salon 3: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • Alzheimers Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • President's Dinner with James K. A. Smith in Chapman Dining Room: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - President's Dinner with James K. A. Smith, Scholar-in-Residence Lecturer
  • Scholar in Residence in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - SIR Lecture
Friday, March 20, 2015
  • 2015 Ryan Center Bible Conference in Amphitheater | DoubleTree Hotel Accommodations | Executive Dining Room | Great Lawn | Miller Tower | PAC A-1 | PAC A-11 AT Classroom | PAC A-2 | PAC A-37 | PAC A-7 | PAC A-9 | PAC B-21 | PAC B-25 Classroom | PAC C-10 | PAC C-12 | PAC C-15 | PAC C-16 | PAC C-17 | PAC C-18 | PAC C-24 | PAC C-6 | PAC C-8 | PAC D-3 | PAC D-48 | PAC D-49 | PAC D-50 | PAC D-52 | PAC D-53 | PAC D-54 | PAC D-8 Theatre | PAC E-2 Powell Theatre | PAC H-73 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3 | The Jennings Fountain | The SUB Grove: 7:30 AM - 11:59 PM - This is our regular biennial Bible Conference. The main speaker will be Sanders Willson from Memphis, TN.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • 2015 Ryan Center Bible Conference in Amphitheater | DoubleTree Hotel Accommodations | Executive Dining Room | Great Lawn | Miller Tower | PAC A-1 | PAC A-11 AT Classroom | PAC A-2 | PAC A-37 | PAC A-7 | PAC A-9 | PAC B-21 | PAC B-25 Classroom | PAC C-10 | PAC C-12 | PAC C-15 | PAC C-16 | PAC C-17 | PAC C-18 | PAC C-24 | PAC C-6 | PAC C-8 | PAC D-3 | PAC D-48 | PAC D-49 | PAC D-50 | PAC D-52 | PAC D-53 | PAC D-54 | PAC D-8 Theatre | PAC E-2 Powell Theatre | PAC H-73 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3 | The Jennings Fountain | The SUB Grove: 12:00 AM - 6:00 PM - This is our regular biennial Bible Conference. The main speaker will be Sanders Willson from Memphis, TN.
  • Scholar in Residence in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Lecture
Monday, March 23, 2015
  • Leaders Credit Union in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Annual Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • Bridging the Gap: Mental Health Care for Those with Intellectual Disabilities in Salon 1: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM - Sponsored by UU School of Social Work; TN-NADD, Neighborhood Network
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  • Health & Beneftis Fair 2015 in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Set up for Health & Benefits Fair 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Health & Beneftis Fair 2015 in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Health & Benefits Fair 2015
  • Jay Watts - Student Session in Salon 2: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM - Student Session
Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Banquet and Trustee meeting in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Banquet and Trustee meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Banquet and Trustee meeting in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Banquet and Trustee meeting
  • Board of Trustees SSEM Committee Meeting in Chapman Dining Room: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Board of Trustees Student Services/Enrollment Management Committee Meeting
Monday, April 13, 2015
  • Spring Pew Luncheon in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • STTI Spring Induction Ceremony (Kathy Wray) in Salon 1 | Salon 2: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - STTI Spring Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • WTSHRM Lunch Meetings in Salon 1: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
  • Preceptor Banquet in Salon 2: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Dinner
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Social Work Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
  • SSW Spring Conference in Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • Union Auxiliary Spring Luncheon in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Union Auxiliary Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
  • School of Social Work Graduation Event in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - end of year graduation event
Thursday, April 30, 2015
  • Poster Presentations - Sheilla Foster in Salon 3: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM - Set up for student poster presentations.
  • Teacher Appreciation Tea in Salon 1: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Teacher Appreciation Tea
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
  • WTSHRM Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM - WTSHRM Spring Conference Set up
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  • WTSHRM Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - WTSHRM Spring Conference
Thursday, May 7, 2015
  • Women In Business - Chamber in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Women in Business Luncheon
Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Jackson Christian Banquet in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Junior/Senior banquet
  • Jackson Christian Banquet in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Junior/Senior banquet
Monday, May 11, 2015
  • Retiree Reception in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Reception for Retirees
Friday, May 15, 2015
  • DNP graduation recognition in Salon 1: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • SOP Class of 2015 Graduation Banquet in Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - SOP Class of 2015 Graduation Banquet
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • WTSHRM Lunch Meetings in Salon 1: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Friday, May 22, 2015
  • Quarterly Membership Breakfast - Chamber in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Membership Breakfast
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
  • WTSHRM Lunch Meetings in Salon 1: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
  • WTSHRM Lunch Meetings in Salon 1: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
  • New Staff Orientation in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 2:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
  • New Staff Orientation in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
  • Back to School Dinner in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Dinner
Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • Faculty/Staff Luncheon in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Luncheon
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  • SOP Class of 2019 White Coat Reception in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - SOP Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony Reception
Friday, August 21, 2015
  • Convocation Luncheon in Salon 1: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Luncheon

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