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About Barber-Scotia College

Barber-Scotia College was founded as Scotia Seminary in January, 1867, by Reverend Luke Dorland who was commissioned by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to establish in the South an institution for the training of Negro women. A survey of situations and of needs resulted in the selection of Concord, North Carolina, as the place for the location of the school. Organization included a program of elementary, secondary, and normal school work.

The original purpose of the College was to prepare teachers and social workers to improve the '101 of the freedman and to provide a pool of leaders.' Accordingly, subjects classified as normal, academic, and homemaking were offered in a pattern which anticipated state certification, but which always pointed to the collegiate level.

The second period of academic development came in 1916 when the name of the institution was changed to Scotia Women's College. In 1930, Barber Memorial College of Anniston, Alabama, merged with Scotia Women's College. The present name, Barber-Scotia College, was adopted in 1932.

Rating and accreditation by this time had become a point of great urgency in education in the South, and four years after the merger of Scotia with Barber, the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools granted Barber-Scotia full approval as a Class 'A' junior college. Eight years later (1942), the Board of National Missions took action to support fully a four-year program for the College; and in 1945, the first class to be granted the Bachelor's degree was graduated. The North Carolina Board of Education granted the College a four-year rating in 1946, which made it possible for graduates who plan to teach to receive the 'A' certificate.

On April 2, 1954, the charter was amended to admit students without regard to race or sex. Following closely on this event, the College was admitted to full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Barber-Scotia College is historically related to the former Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, and currently to the Presbyterian Church (USA), as of June, 1983. The Presbyterian Church (USA) in its Church World Mission Goals, revised by the 202nd General Assembly's June 1990 Statement, stated: 'As a continuing goal, upholding church-related educational institutions, we will seek to form close partnerships with various church related educational institutions, especially with racial ethnic institutions." The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Barber-Scotia College are strengthening the ties in fulfilling the mission to provide a cadre of educated Black Leaders.

Luke Dorland

D.J. Satterfield

A.W. Verner

T.R. Lewis

Myron J. Croker

Leland S. Cozart

Lionel H. Newsom

Jerome L. Gresham

Mable Parker McLean

Tyrone L. Burkette

Lionel H. Newsom (i)

Gus T. Ridgel (i)

Joel O. Nwagbaraocha

Asa T. Spaulding Jr.

Mable Parker McLean

Sammie Potts

Leon Howard (a)

Gloria Bromell-Tinubu

Mable Parker McLean (i)

Carl Flamer

David Olah

Yvonne Tracey (i)

i-interim / a-acting

1867 - 1885

1885 - 1908

1908 - 1922

1922 - 1929

1929 - 1932

1932 - 1964

1964 - 1966

1966 - 1974

1974 - 1988

1988 - 1989

1989 - 1990

1990 - 1990

1990 - 1994

1994 - (March - Aug.)

1994 - 1996

1996 - 2004

2004 - 2004

2004 - 2006

2006 - 2007

2007 - 2008

2008 - 2015

2015 - (May - Nov.)


Our Mission



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We, at Barber-Scotia College believe that human dignity is an endowment from God and that all persons have the responsibility for developing their potential to the fullest and for devoting their creative energies toward making a better world. We believe that all persons have six important aspects- intellectual, physical, emotional, social, ethical and spiritual- and that their development of one aspect is integrally related to the development of all others. We, at Barber-Scotia, believe that this development and this integration must take place within a framework of cultural heritage and through a commitment to ideals arising from Christian and democratic principles.

Recognizing the unique and infinitely significant value of the individual, it?s our goal to provide an opportunity for all students to realize their capabilities. We will provide the opportunity through a liberal arts education in a community concerned with the interaction of cultures, Christian heritage, scholarship, citizenship, and leadership. The College continually seeks to provide an atmosphere and an environment in which learning will always be adventurous for the total community of scholars

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