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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

Monday, April 27, 2015
  • Scholarship Symposium in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Provost Luncheon in Chapman Dining Room: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - STM Dean Search Committee Luncheon
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  • Scholarship Symposium in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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
  • EAC Meeting in Salon 1: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM - EAC Meeting
  • 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
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • Northwest Headstart Meeting in Salon 1: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Parent Banquet
Thursday, May 14, 2015
  • JYP, Jackson Chamber in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Luncheon
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
Saturday, June 20, 2015
  • Gamma Alpha Omega Chapter of AKA in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM - Banquet
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
  • Farmers and Merchant Bank in Salon 1 | Salon 2: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Employee Dinner and Meeting
Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Modern Woodmen in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
  • WTSHRM Lunch Meetings in Salon 1: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Friday, July 24, 2015
  • Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Awards Ceremony in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Class of 2015 Graduate Awards Ceremony
Thursday, July 30, 2015
  • Senior Adult Extravaganza - tentative in Brewer Dining Hall | PAC E-2 Powell Theatre | PAC G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3 | Small Gym: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM - Lauren Kennedy Office of Institutional Advancement
Saturday, August 1, 2015
  • Private Event - Carolyn Gray in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Wedding Reception
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
Thursday, August 6, 2015
  • Senior Adult Extravaganza - tentative in Brewer Dining Hall | PAC E-2 Powell Theatre | PAC G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3 | Small Gym: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM - Lauren Kennedy Office of Institutional Advancement
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
Friday, August 14, 2015
  • Keystone Welcome Breakfast in Salon 1 | Salon 2: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Parents and Student Welcome breakfast.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  • Making Strides Kickoff Breakfast in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 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
Monday, September 7, 2015
  • Labor Day Holiday in Coburn 1 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Closed
Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • KLACS Meeting in Coburn 1 | Salon 1: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Salon 1 for Dinner & Seminar Salon 2 for Childcare
Friday, September 25, 2015
  • Quarterly Membership Breakfast - Chamber in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Quarterly Breakfast
Monday, September 28, 2015
  • Remember Me Commemorative Walk in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
  • Young Life Annual Banquet in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Banquet
Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Jackson Area Wide - Tentative in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Jackson Area Wide College Fair
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
  • ACT College & Career Readiness Workshop in Salon 1: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM - ACT Workshop
Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • Fall Break in Coburn 1 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Holiday
Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Fall Break in Coburn 1 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Holiday
Saturday, October 10, 2015
  • Fall Break in Coburn 1 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Holiday
Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • Fall Break in Coburn 1 | Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Holiday

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