Southern Adventist University is a liberal arts university located in Collegedale, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The university operates a radio station, WSMC-FM, which plays mainly classical music as well as news from the BBC, National Public Radio, and Public Radio International. The station also provides live broadcasts of services from the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In 1942, Kenneth A. Wright became president of the school. During Wright's administration, Southern Junior College became accredited as a four-year institution. A new name, Southern Missionary College, was adopted in 1944. Two men and four women received Southern's first baccalaureate degrees two years later.
It earned the nickname "Southern Matrimony College" because many young people married while attending Southern.
Renamed Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists in 1982, the school became a university in 1996. On September 9, 1996, trustees voted on a new name: Southern Adventist University.
In mid-1997 Gordon Bietz became president of Southern Adventist University. Academic expansion has continued, with 10 graduate degrees now offered in business, education, psychology, nursing, computing, and religion. Fifty baccalaureate degrees are offered, 20 associate degrees, 38 minors, and two one-year certificate programs.
In the fall of 2005, undergraduate enrollment reached a record high in the school's 113-year history with 2,390 students pursuing their undergraduate degrees and 132 students studying for their graduate degrees. Southern is the largest undergraduate institution in the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
[The library] provides you with more than 150,000 volumes on our shelves, over 25,000 electronic books, subscriptions to over 1,100 print periodicals and access to over 19,000 electronic journals.
The library is defined by its major Civil War collection on the third floor.
"What's In the Collection:
More than 3,000 volumes concerning Lincoln and the Civil War,
Many authentic photos and newspapers of Lincoln and the Civil War,
Two original copies of the only biography ever read and approved by Lincoln,
A ten dollar check signed by Lincoln (located in the vault),
Oak from the floor of Lincoln's Springfield law office,
A section of Lincoln's original marble sarcophagus,
A gavel made from a tree planted by Lincoln,
& Several oil portraits of Lincoln."