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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, August 4, 2014
  • Graduate Nursing orientation in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, August 8, 2014
  • New Staff Orientation 2014 - We Can't Spell Union Without "U" in Salon 1 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Annual Event for Newly Hired Employees
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
Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • Fall 2014 Faculty Workshop in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • 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 16, 2014
  • Snack and Learn - 7 Financial Habits in Salon 2: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Monday, September 29, 2014
  • Remember Me Homicide Walk in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
  • Board of Regents in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Board of Regents Meeting
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Social Work/WRAP conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Union Auxiliary Luncheon in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Luncheon
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • HR's Snack and Learn - Drug Awareness in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • WTSHRM Fall Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - WTSHRM Fall Conference
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  • WTSHRM Fall Conference in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - WTSHRM Fall Conference
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • HR's Snack and Learn - Men's Health in Salon 2: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Teacher Appreciation Tea in Salon 1: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Tea
Thursday, December 4, 2014
  • Trustee Banquet in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Trustee Banquet
Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Trustee Meeting in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Trustee Meeting
Friday, December 12, 2014
  • MSN Graduation recognition in Salon 1 | Salon 2 | Salon 3: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • WTSHRM Meeting in Salon 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - WTSHRM Lunch Meeting