UMO to Celebrate Founding

UMO to Celebrate Founding

October 24, 2023

Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will celebrate 72 years of providing Christian higher education during its annual Founders Day event to be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium

UMO Professor of History Dr. Alan K. Lamm will be the guest speaker.  Lamm, a native of Wilson County earned his associate of science degree from the University of Mount Olive, his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro, his master of divinity and master of theology degrees from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina. Lamm is a former U.S. Army captain who served as a Chaplain and Army Historian. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Lamm serves as Assistant Director of the UMO Honors Program. He is the author of the book, Five Black Preachers in Army Blue, 1884-1901: The Buffalo Soldier Chaplains, a co-author of the book, Buffalo Soldiers in the America West: An Anthology, and author of numerous journal articles, historical encyclopedia articles and book reviews. Lamm is married to Laura and has one son who serves in the U.S. Navy.

In his presentation, Lamm will talk about the early days of Mount Olive College, and its first president, Lloyd Vernon.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University was founded by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists.  For more information, visit

UMO Professor of History Dr. Alan K. Lamm