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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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Poster Presentations NUR 318 (Sheilla Foster) in Salon 1: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM - Poster Presentations NUR 318 (Sheilla Foster)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Social Work Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Trustee Banquet in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Banquet
Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Trustee meeting in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Trustee Meeting
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • UU Scholarship Symposium in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Poster Presentation for Scholarship Symposium
  • Internship Meeting in Salon 1: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Internship Meeting
Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Student Teacher Appreciation Tea in Salon 1: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Student Teacher Appreciation Tea
Friday, May 2, 2014
  • Awards Day Luncheon in Chapman Dining Room: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM - Luncheon
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
  • SSW Fields Honors Luncheon in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday, May 12, 2014
  • Retirement Reception in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Reception
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
  • WTSHRM Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Set up for WTSHRM Spring Conference on May 21 and Conference on May 22
  • BSW J8 Graduation Dinner in Salon 2: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • WTSHRM Spring Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Set up for WTSHRM Spring Conference on May 21 and Conference on May 22
Friday, May 16, 2014
  • DNP graduation recognition in Salon 1: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • MSW Brunch in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Social Studies Workshop in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Social Studies Workshop
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Monday, August 4, 2014
  • Graduate Nursing orientation in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, August 11, 2014
  • TICUA in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - TICUA meeting/luncheon
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • Back to School in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Back to School Dinner
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • Fall 2014 Faculty Workshop in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • Fac/Staff Luncheon in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Luncheon
Friday, August 22, 2014
  • Convocation Luncheon in Salon 2: 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM - Luncheon
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Monday, October 6, 2014
  • Remember Me Homicide Walk in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Union Auxiliary Luncheon in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Luncheon