Truett-McConnell College Changes From Junior College to Liberal Arts College

Jan 07, 2003 11:56 AM EST

CLEVELAND, Ga. - Truett-Mc Connell College has been granted four year status by the affirmation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college's board of trustees unanimously approved of the change, promoting the 2-year junior college to a liberal arts senor college.

"It is a vote of confidence from our peers that we are providing the best academic program possible," TMC President Jerry W. Pounds Sr. said.

The first two bachelor degrees offered by the school is the bachelor of arts in music and the bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in church music programs. These degrees, the latter with concentration in church music is the only such program offered by a college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music in northeast Georgia that also maintains a performance program in wind and percussion instruments. The curriculum is designed for students majoring in music while at the same time pursuing credits in academic areas that will prepare them for graduate work in schools of music or other postgraduate settings, as well as equip them to transition into areas of Christian service.

"This achievement is the result of many hours of work by our current faculty and staff but is also the result of the vision of George W. Truett and Fernando C. McConnell, carried through each administration," Pounds said. "We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Every building constructed, every campus upgrade, and every program expansion since 1946 has brought Truett-McConnell College one step closer to the realization of this dream."

"We are committed, as a Georgia Baptist College, to equip our students in disciplined scholarship and Christian discipleship," Pounds added.

Truett College, founded in 1946, is named after the honorable George W. Truett and Fernando C. McConnell, two renowned Southern Baptist preachers. The cousins shared a vision for providing an education taught in a Christian environment. Truett served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, and McConnell served many years as pastor of Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta.

By Pauline C.