Holding a place in the Common Ministry Budget of our diocese,
and known familiarly as "Sewanee," The University of the South is
the only university in the nation that is owned and governed by
dioceses of the Episcopal Church, specifically the 28 dioceses of
the southeastern United States. With historic roots in the Anglican
ecclesiastical and academic traditions, Sewanee welcomes people of
all faiths and offers a lively environment for active worship in
the Episcopal tradition, which includes a commitment to service and
an openness to intellectual discourse.
As the University passes its sesquicentennial milestone, some
things are unchanging: Sewanee remains purposefully small,
dedicated to building a sense of community and lasting
relationships. All classes are taught by professors, not by
graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction
ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational
experience. Students and faculty often work together on research
projects and journal articles, meet for coffee at a local eatery,
or serve together in the University orchestra, volunteer fire
department, and other civic groups.
The result of such individualized education is clear in the
academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The University has
produced 26 Rhodes Scholars - putting Sewanee's count in the top
four among American liberal arts colleges - has had dozens of
Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and
professional schools far outpacing its peers.
In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based
ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. Sewanee
offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with
pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40
percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a
comprehensive endowed program supports summer internships.
The bishops who founded the University of the South included
theological education as an essential part of their dream for a
great university. By 1878, the Episcopal Church formally opened a
seminary at the University of the South. The School of Theology has
added countless bishops to its alumni ranks. Grounded in
scholarship, Anglican heritage, and faith, the School of Theology
at Sewanee represents the best in theological education for the
clergy and lay leaders of tomorrow. Degree programs of various
types prepare priests and lay persons for ministry.
Bishop Howard elected 24th Chancellor
The Right Rev. Samuel Johnson (John) Howard, VIII Bishop of the
Diocese of Florida, was elected the 24th Chancellor of the
University of the South on October 9, 2012, by the University's
Board of Trustees. Bishop Howard succeeds the Right Rev. J. Neil
Alexander, who was appointed Sewanee's Dean of The School of
Theology in summer 2012. Bishop Howard, a member of Sewanee's Board
of Trustees since 2004 and of the Board of Regents since 2007,
received an honorary degree from the University in 2004.
The Chancellor, elected from the bishops of the University's
twenty-eight owning dioceses, serves a six-year term and is
president, ex officio, of the Board of Trustees and a member of the
Board of Regents. As Chancellor, while continuing as Bishop of
Florida, Bishop Howard will provide leadership and counsel to the
University's Vice-Chancellor and Board of Regents.
"I am most honored to have been elected to this position by my
colleagues and look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead,"
Bishop Howard said. "It is a particular joy for me to serve in
exciting and joyful ministry in our Diocese and at Sewanee."
Sewanee was founded in 1857 by clergy and lay delegates from
Episcopal dioceses throughout the South, who also selected the
site. Delayed by the Civil War, the University opened in 1868 with
the help of benefactors in America and England.
Atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga,
Tennessee, Sewanee's physical environment, including the
13,000-acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known),
provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, inviting
students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and
careful study of the natural environment.
The distinctive campus architecture borrows from the Gothic
tradition of Oxford and Cambridge, with native sandstone buildings
and garden pathways nestled into a wooded landscape, soaring bell
towers and, at center, the cathedral-like All Saints' Chapel.
"The University of the South 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."
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