Timeline

Mount Olive College was established by the North Carolina Convention of Free Will Baptists in September 1951 to provide a program of Christian higher education. The College attained university status on January 1, 2014, and is now known as the University of Mount Olive.  While the name may have changed, the institution’s commitment to providing students with a liberal arts education with defining Christian values remain steadfast.

1950s

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

1960s

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

1970s

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

1980s

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

1990s

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

2000s

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

Summer, 2006
Library addition and Communications Building completed

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

2010s

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