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Crichton College Joins TranSouth Athletic Conference

JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/26/2005 -
Release by: Greg Guff, TranSouth SID (gruff@trevecca.edu)

The TranSouth Athletic Conference's Executive Committee, E.L. Hutton, Commissioner of the TranSouth, and Dr. Ted Brown of Martin Methodist College, the TranSouth's representative on the council of Presidents, are pleased to announce the acceptance of Crichton College of Memphis, Tennessee for full membership into the conference. The presidents of the TranSouth voted to accept Crichton College for membership effective next school year.

"The Presidents Council voted unanimously to admit Crichton College beginning with the 2005-2006 school year. This followed nearly a year of investigation, including a campus visit to Crichton." said Dr. Ted Brown. "We are excited about what is happening at Crichton College, with the growth of their enrollment and introduction of new programs, especially in athletics. We believe Crichton College will be an excellent member of the TranSouth Athletic Conference and we look forward to competing with them."

The TranSouth conference was founded in 1996 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with most of the former member schools from the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference. The seven current TranSouth members combine to field teams in 13 sports. TranSouth teams regularly compete for national championships. Currently Cumberland University is the defending NAIA World Series Champion in baseball. Union University and Martin Methodist College both fielded teams in the

There are seven current member schools in the TranSouth and they are; Blue Mountain College (Blue Mountain, Miss.), Cumberland University (Lebanon, Tenn.), Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tenn.), Lyon College (Batesville, Ark.), Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, Tenn.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), and Union University (Jackson, Tenn.).

Crichton was accepted for full membership into NAIA in October of 2004 and will compete in the NAIA and TranSouth beginning in the 2005-2006 season. The college presently fields teams in men's basketball, women's soccer, and baseball. Crichton plans to add one or more women's sports before the 2005-2006 season.

"This is the first step in our vision for the Athletic Program," Crichton College athletic director Jeff Walker said. "Now we must acquire and develop facilities to meet our growing needs. Our goal is to have eight to ten varsity sports and become a program that students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the sports community here in Mid-South region can be proud of."

"We at Crichton College are excited to be a part of the NAIA. This marks a new chapter in athletics for us, and we fully anticipate fielding competitive athletic teams in the years to come. Being in the NAIA and TranSouth will enhance our ability to attract high caliber student athletes, who want to compete at a high level and get a superior education, all in a Christian college environment," said Dr. Larry B. Lloyd, president of Crichton College.

Crichton was founded in 1941 as a Bible institute, then college, and grew to become a fully accredited liberal arts college in 1986 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. To reflect its comprehensive nature, the name was changed in 1987 from Mid-South Bible College to Crichton College, and, in March, 2002, moved to its present location at 255 North Highland in Memphis, Tennessee.


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