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History of the University of Mount Olive

November 27, 1951

Charter issued by the State of North Carolina

September 22, 1952

Mount Allen Junior College opened at Cragmont Assembly
(Lloyd Vernon, president)

September 17, 1953

Convention of Original FWB authorized purchase of Mount Olive Elementary School building and relocation of College

August 2, 1954

W. Burkette Raper became president

September 9, 1954

First collegiate year. College opened in Mount Olive with twenty-two students

September 14, 1955

Convention of Original Free Will Baptists authorized name change to Mount Olive Junior College

November 6, 1958

State accreditation attained

December 1, 1960

Accreditation granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

September 27, 1965

Henderson Building and Women’s Residence Hall Complex occupied

August, 1968

Moye Library completed

September, 1970

Grantham Hall completed

September, 1970

Convention of Original Free Will Baptists authorized name change to Mount Olive College

August 3, 1974

Rodgers Chapel dedicated

August, 1975

Grand Opening of Mount Olive College at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

September 12, 1979

Convention of Original Free Will Baptists authorized four-year program

April 19, 1980

Scarborough Field dedicated

January 7, 1984

Grand Opening of College Hall (now Kornegay Arena)

October, 1985

College apartments completed

May 10, 1986

First Baccalaureate degrees awarded

December 9, 1986

Senior college accreditation granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

August, 1991

Poole Administration Building completed

April 18, 1993

Grand Opening of the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center

November 2, 1993

Grand Opening of Mount Olive College at New Bern

January 31, 1995

J. William Byrd, Ph.D., assumed the duties of third president of Mount Olive

September 28, 1995

Galloway Music Library dedicated

October 8, 1995

Jesse R. Laughinghouse Hall dedicated

October 30, 1995

Grand Opening of Mount Olive College at Wilmington

October 1, 1997

Grand Opening of Mount Olive College at Research Triangle Park

November 20, 1999

Alumni Cross Walk dedicated

May 6, 2000

Moore-Williams Fieldhouse dedicated

March 25, 2001

Nancy Chapman Cassell Softball Field dedicated

September 4, 2001

King Hall dedicated

May 7, 2002

John Neal Walker Tennis Center dedicated

May 7, 2002

Agribusiness Center ribbon cutting

September 29, 2002

Carillon in Rodgers Chapel dedicated

November 8, 2003

Milton M. Lownes, Jr., M.D. Student Health Center dedicated

August 30, 2005

George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena (formerly College Hall) dedicated

October 3, 2005

Grand Opening of Mount Olive College at Washington

October 28, 2006

Pope Wellness Center dedicated

November 18, 2006

W. Burkette and Rose M. Raper Hall dedicated

August 24, 2007

Ray and Chris Amon Field dedicated

November 17, 2007

Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center dedicated

May 31, 2008

NCAA Division II National Champions - Baseball

July 1, 2009

Philip P. Kerstetter, Ph. D., assumed the duties of fourth president of Mount Olive College

August 12, 2009

Grand Opening of Mount Olive College at Jacksonville

September 12, 2009

Annie Mae Whitfield and Everett Edwin Herring Residence Halls dedicated

November 27, 2012

The J. William and Marvis E. “Marcy” Byrd Apartment Complex and Assembly Hall dedicated

June 20, 2013  

Level III membership to offer the Master of Business Administration approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

January 1, 2014

Mount Olive College changes name to the University of Mount Olive

July 1, 2018

David L. Poole, Ed.D. assumed the duties of fifth president of the University of Mount Olive