Editor’s Note: Though Belmont University is no longer an institution of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, it would not be here today if not for dedicated Tennessee Baptists who gave sacrificially to purchase the current Belmont campus and establish the school in 1951.
By Albert W. Wardin Jr.
Professor Emeritus of History, Belmont University, Nashville
The school has proclaimed its longevity by billboard, stickers, and other means.
This effort has come as a surprise to faculty and alumni who know that Belmont University (then known as Belmont College) was formed in 1951, but is now claimed to be twice as old. The Belmont Vision in 1976 included a lengthy article in its March issue, “Belmont Celebrates Silver Anniversary,” and an additional article, “Banquet To Mark 25th Anniversary” with Dr. Herbert Gabhart, president, presiding along with four of the original trustees. A graduate of the school in the 1970s has proudly shown me his graduation ring inscribed with the year 1951. [Read more…]