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Brewton–Parker College

Brewton-Parker College
new college logo
Established 1904
Type Private
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Endowment $13.3 million[1]
President Dr. Ergun Caner [2]
Academic staff 189[1]
Students 1,119[1]
Location USA
Campus Rural, 280 acres (113 ha)
Colors Orange & Blue         
Nickname Barons
Affiliations NAIA

Brewton–Parker College is a private, Christian, coeducational college whose main campus is located in centennial in 2004.[3]


  • History 1
    • Fraud 1.1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization and administration 3
  • Academic profile 4
    • Regional accreditation issues 4.1
  • Student life 5
  • Athletics 6
  • Noted people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


In 1904, Reverend John Carter Brewton, pastor of the McRae Baptist Church, and Charles Benton Parker, a prominent businessman in Ailey, as working together the town bid more support than any either community. The Union Baptist Institute, chartered April 28, 1904, joined with other Baptist associations, with Rev. Brewton as elected president of its board of trustees.[3]

The co-ed Union Baptist Institute formally opened on September 12, 1905 with a four-building campus, serving 160 students in grades one through eleven. The school's first year was very successful and as word spread, enrollment more than doubled to 365. In 1912 the school was renamed to Brewton-Parker Institute; it was accredited in 1918 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Brewton-Parker Institute became a junior college after college freshmen and sophomore classes were added in 1923 and 1927. Elementary classes were removed in 1929. In 1948, high school classes were also removed. The school was renamed Brewton-Parker Junior College and transferred to the governance of the Georgia Baptist Convention. By the early 1980s, public two-year community colleges had been established throughout the state. At the same time, there was a greater demand for graduates of four-year colleges. In mind of these changes, the school evolved on December 9, 1986 into a four-year institution, Brewton–Parker College.


Scandal hit the college in the late 1990s over fraud in the school's financial aid department. A lawsuit against the school was brought about by Martha Faw, then the assistant director of financial aid. An investigation begun by the

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e Brewton-Parker College - College Overview. Peterson's. 2007-03-27.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Turner, Ann C.: "Brewton-Parker College" New Georgia Encyclopedia, July 7, 2005
  4. ^ Taxpayers Against Fraud Quarterly Review, Vol. 14, July 1998, 54-55.
  5. ^ a b c d Thompson, Ginger: "Whistle-blower Gives Back To Target" Chicago Tribune, June 16, 1998
  6. ^ "Brewton-Parker College Sued for Financial-Aid Fraud" Chronicle of Higher Education, October 3, 1997
  7. ^ " Director of Financial Aid Compliance" Brewton-Parker College, Policy and Procedure Manual
  8. ^  


Noted people

The men's baseball team won the NAIA championship in 1997.[5] The Brewton–Parker College Barons Baseball team was declared co-champions of the SSAC Championship on May 3, 2010 and the Barons ranked as high as 15 nationally in that year. The Barons shared the title with then-No. 4-ranked Lee University Flames. The Barons won four straight games before losing to the Flames 8-0. They defeated Lee (46-11) in earlier rounds. The co-championship was declared when the deciding game was canceled due to inclement weather. Coach Greg "Boo" Mullins led the 2010 Barons Baseball team as head coach, and was named 2010 Coach of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club. In July 2014, Mullins was named Athletics Director at Brewton-Parker College.

Brewton–Parker teams, known as the Barons, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.

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The college also recently created an in-depth Creative Expressions BFA, which brought with it several extracurricular opportunities in creative writing, film production and analysis, visual art and musical theatre.

Intramural sports include basketball, football, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. Student groups at the school include a drama/theater group, a choral group, Council of Intramural Activities, Student Activities Council, Rotaract, Circle K, Alpha Omega Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, and a Baptist Campus Ministry (Baptist Collegiate Ministries, a.k.a. BCM).

Student life

In June 2012, the college's regional accreditor placed the college on probation. Two years later, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) voted to remove Brewton–Parker College from membership. The college is appealing the decision and remains accredited (but on probation) while appealing.[8]

Regional accreditation issues

There is a 2:1 female-male student ratio and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. The student body is 73.2% Caucasian, 24% African American, 2% Hispanic, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander and 0.3% Native American.[1]

As the only non-traditional students seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. Among private colleges, Brewton-Parker enrolls three times as many minority students as the national average.

BPC now offers undergraduate degrees in seven academic departments with 19 majors. Most of its programs have internships, offering practical, hands-on experience as well as academic content. Further, in applicable areas, undergraduates are encouraged to participate with faculty in performing research and presenting papers.

Academic profile

[1] Brewton-Parker is affiliated with the

Organization and administration

The main college campus is in Mount Vernon on 270 acres (109 ha) and includes forty-six buildings, outdoor athletic properties, and a 5-acre (20,000 m2) lake. Brewton–Parker College also has a campus in Newnan, located between LaGrange and Atlanta.


Dr. David R. Smith became college president in 1998, and at his first graduation address, Smith stated: "To any and all who recognized inept policies and errant behavior, and who continued to speak out against such things even in the face of opposition from those who preferred not to hear it, you should be applauded, not ridiculed."[5] The college briefly outsourced the administration of their financial aid program[5] until a new college policy and procedures manual was established in the Fall of 2000. A new position, Director of Financial Aid Compliance was established.[7]


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