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Lynchburg College is a private college in Lynchburg
Lynchburg, Virginia
Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The population was 75,568 as of 2010. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the "City of Seven Hills" or "The Hill City." Lynchburg was the only major city in...

, Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, related by covenant to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The Christian Church is a Mainline Protestant denomination in North America. It is often referred to as The Christian Church, The Disciples of Christ, or more simply as The Disciples...

 with approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Princeton Review lists it as one of the 368 best colleges in the nation. LC is cited in Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives is a college educational guide by Loren Pope. It was originally published in 1996, with a second edition in 2000, and a third edition in 2006...

and is also profiled in The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. Lynchburg College was also the first institution in the United States to train nuclear physicists and engineers for the NS Savannah
NS Savannah
NS Savannah, named for SS Savannah, was the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, built in the late 1950s at a cost of $46.9 million, including a $28.3 million nuclear reactor and fuel core, funded by United States government agencies as a demonstration project for the potential...

 project under order of President Eisenhower, to aid in the development and operation of the world's first nuclear powered ship.


Presidents of Lynchburg College
Dr. Josephus Hopwood 1903-1911
Dr. S.T. Willis 1911-1912
Mr. G.O. Davis 1912-1914
Mr. Matthew Clark (Acting) 1914-1915
Dr. John T. Hundley 1915-1936
Dr. Riley B. Montgomery 1936-1949
Dr. Orville W. Wake '32 1949-1964
Dr. M. Carey Brewer '49 1964-1983
Dr. George N. Rainsford 1983-1993
Dr. Charles O. Warren 1993-2001
Dr. Kenneth R. Garren 2001-present

Lynchburg College was founded in 1903 by Dr. Josephus Hopwood as a selective, independent, coeducational, and residential institution, which has a historical and current relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The Christian Church is a Mainline Protestant denomination in North America. It is often referred to as The Christian Church, The Disciples of Christ, or more simply as The Disciples...

. Hopwood was president of Milligan College
Milligan College
Milligan College is a Christian liberal arts college founded in 1866 and located immediately outside of Elizabethton in Carter County, Tennessee, United States. The school has a student population of just over 1,100 students as well as a campus that is located just minutes from downtown Johnson City...

 in Tennessee when a group of ministers and businessmen approached him about establishing a college in Lynchburg. A key to the founding was that Westover Hotel, a failed resort, was available for sale. When Hopwood agreed to serve, they purchased the resort for $13,500, resulting in Lynchburg's current campus.

The College has maintained its original commitment to a liberal arts
Liberal arts
The term liberal arts refers to those subjects which in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free citizen to study. Grammar, Rhetoric and Logic were the core liberal arts. In medieval times these subjects were extended to include mathematics, geometry, music and astronomy...

 education. Beginning with 11 faculty and 55 students, the College has grown to 159 full-time faculty and 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. The College offers 39 majors
Academic major
In the United States and Canada, an academic major or major concentration is the academic discipline to which an undergraduate student formally commits....

, 49 minors, two dual-degree programs, the Westover Honors Program, and offers graduate degrees in Masters of Arts, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Education, and Masters of Science in Nursing as well as Doctorate programs in Physical Therapy and Educational Leadership. Lynchburg College has more than 20,000 alumni.

The Lynchburg College hymn was written by alumnus Paul E. Waters. Its melody was taken from JS Bach's "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" Op. 135a, No. 21. The college fight song includes the phrase, "Hornet Born and Hornet Bred and when I did I'll be Hornet dead."

In the fall of 1994,a few months after Intel had introduced its Pentium microprocessor, Dr. Thomas R. Nicely, from Lynchburg College, was doing computations related to the distribution of prime numbers and discovered the Pentium FDIV bug. Dr. Nicely left Lynchburg College in 2000.

In 1997, Dr. Leonard Edelman was denied tenure by then-Dean of the College and he filed a lawsuit against the college for religious and gender discrimination. However, the filing was made beyond the allowable limit as provided for by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Edelmen filed a petition for re-consideration, and his lawsuit went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled against his extension request, and not on the merit of his tenure-denial claim.[]

Community outreach remains a tradition of the College, through initiatives of its eight Centers of Lynchburg College and the SERVE program, through which 98,000 volunteer hours are contributed annually by students, faculty, and staff.

Campus and Campus Life

Lynchburg College is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, about 180 miles southwest of Washington D.C., in the Central Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It occupies 214 acre (0.86602804 km²) in Lynchburg and has a separate environmental research center on 470 acres (1.9 km²), the Claytor Nature Study Center, located about 40 minutes from campus. Most students live on campus and in nearby college-owned houses.

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities have been a part of the Lynchburg College Community since 1992. All official Greek houses are located on Vernon Street, and are currently owned by the college. LC is 13% Greek. Listed below are the chapters of the social fraternities and sororities that compose Greek life at LC.


Organization Symbol Nickname Chapter
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Delta Theta , also known as Phi Delt, is an international fraternity founded at Miami University in 1848 and headquartered in Oxford, Ohio. Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Chi form the Miami Triad. The fraternity has about 169 active chapters and colonies in over 43 U.S...

ΦΔΘ Phi Delt Virginia Theta
Sigma Nu
Sigma Nu
Sigma Nu is an undergraduate, college fraternity with chapters in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Sigma Nu was founded in 1869 by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia...

ΣΝ Sig Nu Mu Chi
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon , commonly nicknamed SigEp or SPE, is a social college fraternity for male college students in the United States. It was founded on November 1, 1901, at Richmond College , and its national headquarters remains in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded on three principles: Virtue,...

ΣΦΕ Sig Ep Virginia Omicron


Organization Symbol Nickname Chapter
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega is a women's fraternity founded on October 15, 1885. Currently, there are 135 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities across the United States and more than 200,000 lifetime members...

ΑXΩ A Chi O Iota Omicron
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Alpha Sigma Alpha is a US national sorority founded on November 15, 1901 at the Virginia State Female Normal School in Farmville, Virginia...

ΑΣΑ ASA Zeta Upsilon
Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School , in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university...

ΚΔ KD Zeta Nu
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sigma Sigma Sigma , also known as Tri Sigma, is a national American women’s sorority with membership of more than 100,000 members. Sigma Sigma Sigma is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference and hosts chapters on more than 110 college campuses and 89 alumnae chapters in communities all...

ΣΣΣ Sigma Eta Upsilon

National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities

Organization Symbol Nickname Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of nine students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle...

ΑKΑ AKA Omicron Sigma
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha is the first Inter-Collegiate Black Greek Letter fraternity. It was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Its founders are known as the "Seven Jewels". Alpha Phi Alpha developed a model that was used by the many Black Greek Letter Organizations ...

ΑΦA Alphas Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta is a non-profit Greek-lettered sorority of college-educated women who perform public service and place emphasis on the African American community. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University...

ΔΣΘ Deltas Eta Upsilon
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi is a collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African American membership. Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington, the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin...

ΚAΨ Nupes N/A


The Lynchburg College Hornets participate in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Its member schools are located primarily in Virginia, with other members in North Carolina and Washington, DC. Only the American Southwest Conference in Texas is larger in Division III. -History:The conference was...

 (ODAC). The Hornets program offers eight men’s sports, nine women’s sports, and two co-ed sports. Since joining the ODAC, the Hornets have recorded 148 conference titles.
Lynchburg is a strong athletic program in the ODAC. Traditionally its baseball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, and track and field teams compete at a high level in conference play.

The Hornets have won several ODAC championships throughout its history, most recently with the Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field in 2010.

In 2010 the unranked Hornet men’s soccer team made it the NCAA Division III national championship game, before losing to Messiah College.

In 2011, the Hornet Field Hockey team and the Womens Soccer team both captured the ODAC Championship title, but unfortunately, both teams fell in the NCAA tournament.

Lynchburg College Freshman, Christian Chenail, is the current National Anthem vocalist for all sporting events on campus.

Men’s Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women’s Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Co-Ed Athletics
  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian


Dr. Kenneth R. Garren began his tenure as the tenth president of Lynchburg College in 2001. A former vice president and dean of Roanoke College
Roanoke College
Roanoke College is an private, coeducational, four-year liberal-arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college is located in Salem, Virginia, a suburban independent city adjacent to Roanoke, Virginia...

, Garren led Lynchburg College through its 2003 centennial celebration and initiatives such as a strategic plan, campus facilities master planning, building projects (including Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall), and restoration work on College Lake. Recently, the college finished a multimillion dollar renovation on Shellenberger Field.

Notable alumni

Name Known for Relationship to Lynchburg College
Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs
Sir John Berry "Jack" Hobbs was an English professional cricketer who played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England in 61 Test matches from 1908 to 1930....

Former Major League Baseball Player for Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners BA, 1978,
Bob Duff Senator - State of Connecticut BA, 1993, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Jerry Falwell
Jerry Falwell
Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. was an evangelical fundamentalist Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and a conservative commentator from the United States. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, a megachurch in Lynchburg, Virginia...

Founder of Liberty University and not an alumnus Journalism student before transferring to Bible Baptist College
Baptist Bible College (Springfield, Missouri)
Baptist Bible College is a conservative Bible college affiliated and owned by the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, founded in 1950 and located in Springfield, Missouri...

Whit Haydn
Whit Haydn
Whit "Pop" Haydn is an American magician, the winner of six "Magician of the Year" performing awards from the Magic Castle, the Hollywood clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts...

Magician, entertainer BA, 1972
Deirdre Quinn
Deirdre Quinn
Deirdre Quinn is an American actress, who currently portrays the recurring character "Texas" Tina in the television series Heroes. Quinn has also appeared in Miss Congeniality, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY.Deirdre Quinn grew up outside of Philadelphia,...

actress 1993 BA in Theatre
Jessamine Shumate
Jessamine Shumate
Ada Jessamine Shumate was born on March 31, 1902 as Ada Jessamine White in Horsepasture, Virginia and is an American Artist winner of the "Award of Distinction" in 1955 from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She was a noted artist, historian and cartographer in Henry County...

artist and painter Attended art classes during 1940s
Paul Shannon Tierney Founder of Terminus Est and published an English / Latin Anthology on the works of Julius Caesar English Undergraduate Student before transferring to University of Virginia
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, founded by Thomas Jefferson...

 for Masters and Doctorate.
Ronnie LaBrie Former minor league baseball player in the Washington Nationals farm system current 6th year senior
Ryan Cranston former Major League Lacrosse Player graduate
Brandon Childs head coach, Eastern University Men's Lacrosse graduate
Andy Warren Entertainment Manager, Walt Disney World Entertainment graduate
Mike Marchetti Corporate Applications Director, Yahoo! graduate
Percy Wooton former president of the American Medical Association
American Medical Association
The American Medical Association , founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of medical doctors and medical students in the United States.-Scope and operations:...

Catherine German West former executive vice president and chief operating officer of J.C. Penney Company, Inc.  graduate
Franklin P. Hall Virginia House of Delegates graduate
Robert A. McKee
Robert A. McKee
Robert McKee was the member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 2A, which covers Washington County, Maryland. McKee was first elected into office in 1994 when he defeated Richard E. Roulette. In 1998 he ran unopposed. In 2002, he defeated Peter E. Perini, Sr...

Former Representative for Maryland House of Delegates
Maryland House of Delegates
The Maryland House of Delegates is the lower house of the General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maryland, and is composed of 141 Delegates elected from 47 districts. The House chamber is located in the state capitol building on State Circle in Annapolis...

B.A. in political science in 1971

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