University of the South: Report to the 175th Convention

December 22, 2014
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College of Arts & Sciences
Enrollment from the Diocese of Missouri: 11 students total (1 report Episcopal heritage)
Financial aid awarded to all college students from the Diocese of Missouri: $222,817

The School of Theology 

Enrollment from the Diocese of Missouri: 2 students total (2 in the summer Advanced Degrees Program)
The Beecken Center Education for Ministry (EfM) Groups: 0
EfM Diocesan Coordinator: No coordinator at this time

Support Received from the Diocese of Missouri: $500 
Support Received from the Diocese of Missouri churches: $0 

About Sewanee The University of the South is home to an outstanding liberal arts college, a School of Letters, and a seminary of The Episcopal Church. Located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn., Sewanee’s 13,000-acre campus, the second largest campus in the United States, provides vast opportunities for research, recreation, and reflection. Within the traditionally strong curriculum of humanities, sciences, and graduate theological studies, Sewanee faculty members promote intellectual growth, critical thinking, and hands-on research. 

The University’s Board of Trustees is composed of the bishops of the 28 owning dioceses, together with clerical and lay representatives elected by each diocese and representatives of other University constituencies. The Board of Regents, to which the Board of Trustees delegates some of its responsibilities for governance, is composed of Episcopal bishops, priests, and lay people, and may include a limited number of members of other Christian bodies. The chancellor of the University, elected by the Board of Trustees, is a bishop from one of the 28 owning dioceses.

An Episcopal Center of Learning
According to its mission statement, Sewanee “is an institution of The Episcopal Church dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in close community and in full freedom of inquiry, and enlightened by Christian faith in the Anglican tradition, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds, to the end that students be prepared to search for truth, seek justice, preserve liberty under law, and serve God and humanity.”

The University of the South, founded by church leaders from the southeastern United States in 1857, is the only university in the nation that is owned and governed by dioceses of The Episcopal Church, specifically the 28 dioceses that are successors to the original founding dioceses. The historic ownership and governance of the University by these Episcopal dioceses has produced a living synergy of leadership, resource, and mutual support, enriching the Church and advancing the university’s role in American higher education.

2013–2014 Statistics for the University of the South
College of Arts and Sciences total students: 1,620
Class of 2017: 488
SAT combined: 1710-1990 
ACT: 26-30
High School GPA: 3.6
Female: 50.5% Male: 49.5%
Percentage of all college students declaring Episcopal heritage: 29.2%
College tuition and fees: $35,756 
College faculty: Full-Time: 127 
Part-Time: 37 
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1

School of Theology students: 144 (includes summer students)
School of Theology full-time tuition and fees: $15,330
School of Theology faculty: Full-Time: 9 Part-Time: 8
Student/faculty ratio: 7:1

University Fiscal Year July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014 (unaudited)
Unrestricted operating revenue: $66 million
Endowment: $350 million

2013–2014 Highlights from the University of the South 
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• Re-Visioning EfM Conference Held, July 17, 2013
• Sewanee Campus Certified as a Tennessee Arboretum, August 6, 2013
• Deborah Jackson Appointed Associate Dean for Community Life, September 5, 2013
• Miller and Woodfin Receive the 2013 Freeman Award for Merit, November 6, 2013
• Seminaries that Change the World, November 13, 2013
• The School of Theology Receives Lilly Endowment Grant, December 9, 2013
• Four-year Tuition Guarantee Continues, December 11, 2013
• Four Sewanee Seniors Nominated for Watson Fellowships, December 12, 2013
• Sewanee Faculty Members Receive ACS Grants, January 14, 2014
• University Launches Green Revolving Fund, February 14, 2014
• New Initiative Equips Missional Leadership Needs for Dioceses, February 17, 2013
• Gift Provides New Name and Support for Programs Center, March 25, 2014
• Sewanee Inn Ribbon-cutting Held, May 12, 2014
• James Tengatenga Appointed to the School of Theology’s Faculty, May 13, 2014
• Awards and Honors for College Students and Faculty, May 16, 2014
• Sewanee Summer Music Festival Earns ASCAP Award, June 10, 2014

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