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Carl Grant Events Center

Carl Grant Events Center

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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

Friday, October 31, 2014
  • HR's Snack and Learn - Cyber Security Awareness in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • WTSHRM Fall Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - WTSHRM Fall Conference
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  • WTSHRM Fall Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - WTSHRM Fall Conference
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • HR's Snack and Learn - Men's Health in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monday, December 1, 2014
  • Christmas Decorating in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Christmas Decorating for Union Christmas Dinner
Thursday, December 4, 2014
  • WTSHRM Breakfast Meeting in Salon 1: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - WTSHRM Breakfast Meeting
  • Trustee Banquet in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Trustee Banquet
Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Trustee Meeting in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Trustee Meeting
Friday, December 12, 2014
  • MSN Graduation recognition in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
  • Fall Winter Workshop in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Fall Winter Workshop
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
  • HR's Snack and Learn in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Snack and Learn
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  • HR' Snack and Learn in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Snack and Learn
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.
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
Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Banquet and Trustee meeting in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 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
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • HR's Snack and Learn in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Snack and Learn
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Social Work Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Union Auxiliary Spring Luncheon in Salon 3: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Union Auxiliary Spring Luncheon

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