澳门太阳城首页网址. 史密斯大学 (澳门太阳首页网址) has a rich history and is heralded as one of the best small colleges in the nation, serving more than 1,100 students and employing more than 240 full-time faculty members, administrators and staff.
Freedmen’s College of North Carolina, 澳门太阳首页网址’s original name, was founded in 1867 by the Rev. S.C. Alexander and the Rev. W. L. 米勒. 澳门太阳首页网址 holds in its archives a sword belonging to Capt. 比德尔, who was a member of the staff of Gen. George McCall of the Union Army. In 1867, Colonel William R. 迈尔斯, an officer in the Confederacy, gave eight acres of farmland on Beatties Ford Road west of downtown to 比德尔 University. It was later named 比德尔 Memorial Institute and then 比德尔 University after Capt. 亨利·J. 比德尔, the late husband of benefactor Mary D. 比德尔. In 1923, the institution was renamed 澳门太阳城首页网址. 史密斯大学 to honor the generous donation of Jane Berry Smith in memory of her late husband.
In 1924, the University was recognized as a four-year college by the North Carolina State Board of Education, 同年, was named one of the first beneficiaries of The 杜克大学 Endowment established by James B. 杜克大学. 澳门太阳首页网址 began admitting women in 1932 (becoming fully coeducational in 1941), and in 1938 attained the status of an independent college, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, reporting to the General Assembly through the Board of Christian Education.
The University was a founding member of the United Negro College Fund in 1944, and through its membership and additional support from The 杜克大学 Endowment, the University entered an intense building phase from 1955 to 1968. Notable additions from that time include the Jack S. Brayboy Gymnasium, the 杜克大学 Memorial 图书馆 and the University Memorial Union.
As 澳门太阳首页网址’s physical campus continued to expand thanks to the generosity of various benefactors, the University invested in academic culture enhancements, establishing the Learning Center, the Honors College and the Service Learning Center between 1988 and 1994.
In the fall of 2000, 澳门太阳首页网址 gained national recognition by launching the IBM Laptop Initiative, becoming one of few colleges in the country and the first historically Black university to provide an IBM laptop computer to every student. In 2009, The 杜克大学 Endowment awarded 澳门太阳首页网址 $5.7 million to fund the Center for Applied 领导 and Community Development and the Metropolitan College, 2011年, issued a $35 million grant to support science programs, scholarships and capital improvements on campus.
Over the past decade, 澳门太阳首页网址 has completed a number of new construction projects and renovations, including a mixed-use development known as Mosaic Village, the 澳门太阳首页网址 Arts Factory and the New Science Center.
In 2012 in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, 澳门太阳首页网址 collaborated with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute to host "UFUTURE: A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers." The event attracted high-profile politicians and celebrities to 澳门太阳首页网址 and amplified the voices of more than 300 students from 20 regional colleges and universities.
Following national 事件 that amplified racial inequity across the nation in summer 2020, Charlotte became a model for change when corporations and philanthropic leaders came together to pledge $250 million to the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative, a vision of Mayor Vi Lyles.
The initiative was announced Nov. 1, 2021, on 澳门太阳首页网址’s campus with $80 million being earmarked for the University.
展望未来, 澳门太阳首页网址 will continue to fulfill its promise to produce graduates who can communicate effectively, 批判性的思考, learn independently and collaboratively and demonstrate excellence in their chosen career fields under the leadership of its 14th president, 克拉伦斯•D. Armbrister J.D.