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Stillman College

Stillman College
Stillman College Seal
Established 1876
Type Private liberal arts college
Religious affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment $25,812,266
President Dr. Peter E. Millet
Students 1,000
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Campus 105-acre (0.42 km2)
Colors Navy Blue and Vegas Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IISIAC[1]
Nickname Tigers / Lady Tigers[1]
Mascot Tiger
Affiliations APCU

Stillman College is a historically black liberal arts college founded by Rev. Charles A. Stillman in 1876 and located in the West Tuscaloosa area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


  • Academics and demographics 1
  • History 2
  • Student activities 3
    • Athletics 3.1
    • Alumni 3.2
    • Radio and Newspaper 3.3
    • Marching Band 3.4
    • Fraternities & sororities 3.5
    • National Honor Societies 3.6
    • Other Organizations 3.7
    • Residential Life 3.8
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Academics and demographics

The 105-acre (0.42 km2) college campus offers programs of study leading to the bachelor's degree. The school is accredited by SACS(The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools). The Division of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in Studio Art, Biology, Chemistry,English, History, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, Religion and Theology, and Nursing. The Division of Professional Education offers degrees in Business with concentration in (Administration, Accounting and Management), Elementary Education, and Health and Physical Education. Stillman also offers programs in Pre-Law and Pre-Med.


Stillman College, authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1875, held its first classes in 1876 and was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama in 1895. At that time, the name was changed from Tuscaloosa Institute to Stillman Institute. The institute was a concept initiated by the Reverend Dr. Charles Allen Stillman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa "for the training of colored men for the ministry".[2] The mandate for the Institution expanded over the years and it acquired its present campus tract of over 100 acres (0.40 km2). A junior and senior high school was organized and the Institute established a junior college program, which was accredited in 1937. In addition, between 1930 and 1946, it operated a hospital and nurse training school.

Under the administration of Dr. Samuel Burney Hay (1948–1965), the school sought to expand into a senior liberal arts institution and in 1948 the name was officially changed to Stillman College. The following year, Stillman expanded into a four-year college and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1951. The College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1953. Under Dr. Hay, seven new buildings were constructed: a gymnasium, a library, an administration-classroom building, two women’s residence halls, a prayer chapel, and a student center.

Dr. Harold N. Stinson (1967–1980) was the first African American to assume the presidency. Under his dynamic leadership, new programs designed to improve educational quality were instituted, and the physical plant was expanded with the addition of two men’s residence halls, faculty apartments, a maintenance building, and a mathematics-science center. Snedecor Hall, Batchelor Building, and Birthright Auditorium were renovated.

Constance M. Rizzi (1974–1978) was the 1st non-black Graduate of Stillman College in 1978. Recruited out of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, West Virginia by Samuel Merriweather, she was also the 1st non-black Cheerleader; the 1st non-black Associate Editor of the Campus newspaper, "The Tiger's Paw;" and one of original Founders of the Stillman College Dance Team (CADA) under the direction of Dr. Betty Smith. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Under the leadership of the College’s fourth president, Dr. Cordell Wynn (1982–1997), the appearance of the campus improved dramatically; Winsborough and John Knox Halls were renovated; and the Marie Lundy Wynn Hall and Johnson/Robinson Student Health Center were erected. The enrollment grew beyond 1,000 students; the endowment increased significantly; and the educational program was broadened to include the Stillman Management Institute and a community-service component.

On July 1, 1997, Dr. Ernest McNealey (1997-2013) was named the fifth president. Since then, Stillman has garnered national attention in the areas of technology, athletics and scholarly pursuits. One of the leaders in wireless computing, the College received the National Innovation in Technology Award by Apple Computers and continues to be on the cusp of technological innovations in higher education. The College’s football program and marching band were revitalized and the College experienced its largest enrollment in the history of the institution. Dr. McNealey infused new life into the academic component by strengthening the curriculum, and attracting a highly qualified faculty (84% hold terminal degrees), improving admissions standards, and enhancing the value of a Stillman education with the addition of guaranteed outcome programs. Notwithstanding, in 2004 the College received its first-ever ranking among top tier schools in U.S. News & World Report and continues to hold this distinction.

The McNealey administration has transformed the campus in order to create a sense of place. A stately, iron and brick fence and formal entrances were constructed and all campus buildings were renovated. Additionally, four new structures were erected (School of Education building, Wynn Fine Arts Center, Roulhac Residence Hall, and the stadium with accompanying playing fields, buildings, and a NCAA regulation track). This sense of place is further manifested in the current construction of the Thomas E. Lyle Band Center and NCAA regulation tennis complex. With a focused vision, Stillman celebrates its past as it advances confidently into the future, embracing excellence for the common good.

On June 26, 2014 at a press conference in Birthright Alumni Hall, Stillman Board of Trustees named interim president Dr. Peter E. Millet the sixth president of the school. He has been the president since Dr. McNealy resigned in September 2013.

He brings to Stillman an accomplished academic track record that includes serving as the Dean of the College of Education at Tennessee State University (TSU) where he also served as Chairman of the Department of Psychology. While at TSU, Dr. Millet and his team were the recipients of nearly $20,000,000 in external funding from agencies including the National Institutes for Health, the State of Tennessee’s and the federal government’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program. The RTTT program focused on improving mathematics instruction in elementary and middle schools.

Millet earned his bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University. He holds a master's degree and Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. As a licensed clinical psychologist, he completed a residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and an internship at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. He has extensive leadership training from top institutions including Harvard University, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (Millennium Leadership Institute), Hampton University (Executive Leadership Summit) and the Council of Independent Colleges (Presidents’ Leadership Institute).

A prolific speaker, Millet has presented nationally and internationally at numerous conferences including invited presentations at the II Congreso Internacional de Psicologia en la Universidad de las Americas-Puebla and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

His research focuses on Education, Psychology and Leadership Training with an emphasis on factors related to student success and teacher retention, chronic mental illness in minority populations and the utilization of mental health services and identifying the characteristics of successful leaders.

He is the former Chairman of the Elam Mental Health Center Advisory Board at Meharry Medical College and Clinical Psychologist for the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center in Nashville, TN. In addition to this, he is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Chief Academic Officer Task Force, the College Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tuscaloosa Arts and Humanities Council and the Tuscaloosa Murphy Collins House African American Museum. As an educator and active community citizen, Millet is a jazz and gospel musician. He is married to Dr. Marcia Millet who serves as the director of Teacher Education at Stillman. They have one daughter, Mackenzie, an incoming freshman at Spelman College and the 2014 Miss Black Teen Alabama United States Ambassador.

On August 2014 Stillman was awarded a donation of 2 Million dollars by an unknown donor to help with the long term stability of the college.

On September 16, 2014 Stillman launched its Million by Million campaign with a commitment to community service.The Million by Million Campaign focuses on four core areas including Health Initiatives, Student Engagement, Community Partnerships and Alumni Involvement with points allocated for all contributions toward the initial commitment. The strategic earning was designed to highlight Stillman’s rich tradition of giving back to the community being instilled in its current student body and reinforced with its alumni.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014. Stillman hosted its inaugural 5K Run/Walk which promotes its moto. "Walking With The Tigers For A Healthier Community." The run/walk was hosted by Personal trainer Joshua Reid of Operation Driven.

On December 29, 2014 President Dr. Peter E. Millet announced via school email that tutition for the small Liberal arts school would be reduced from $22,500 to $17,500 in an effort to boost enrollment and make college more affordable.

On January 1, 2015, Stillman became a smoke-free campus in an effort to keep with its theme of promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Student activities


The college's intercollegiate athletic teams, the Tigers and Lady Tigers, compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[1] Men's Basketball (2006 SIAC Champions), Women's Basketball, Baseball (2007-2008 SIAC Champions) (2007 Division II National Champions), Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Football. In the 2009-10 season, 1 year removed from taking over a 1-27 team, head coach Michael Grant led the men's basketball team to the school's first ever appearance in the National Top 25 rankings.


Name Class year Notability References
Dr. Eddie R. Johnson Deputy State Superintendent of Education - Alabama Department of Education and serves on the Board of Trustees at Stillman College
Teddy Keaton 1999 college football coach, who is currently the head football coach at Stillman College
Junior Galette 2010 current NFL defensive end/linebacker, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins
Sammie Lee Hill 2009 NFL defensive tackle Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans
Quinn Porter 2010 former NFL running back who played for the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and St. Louis Rams
Brian Witherspoon 2008 former NFL cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars Detroit Lions, New York Giants

Radio and Newspaper

Stillman College has a student run online radio station called WSTL Stillman Radio and an online newspaper called The Advance.

Marching Band

The school's marching band is named the Blue Pride Marching Band.[1] In February 2010, Stillman College dedicated the brand new facility, the Thomas Lyle Band Center, named in honor of former band director Thomas Lyle, in conjunction with the Wynn Fine Arts Center. Organizations include: Kappa Kappa Psi, Kappa Omicron Chapter. Tau Beta Sigma Theta Chi Chapter. The marching band is also represented in the Xbox 360 game Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience playing selections of Sing a Song, Word Up and Low.

Fraternities & sororities

Seven of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Stillman College. These organizations are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha ΑΚΑ Delta Sigma ΔΣ
Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦΑ Epsilon Nu EN
Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ Epsilon Eta EH
Kappa Alpha Psi ΚΑΨ Epsilon Epsilon EE
Omega Psi Phi ΩΨΦ Rho Gamma
Phi Beta Sigma ΦΒΣ Gamma Chi ΓX
Zeta Phi Beta ΖΦΒ Epsilon Gamma
Sigma Gamma Rho ΣΓΡ Eta Kappa ΗΚ
Iota Phi Theta ΙΦΘ Interest Colony

National Honor Societies

Beta Kappa Chi (Science)

Other Organizations

Chancellor Social Club (1943), Chancellorette Social Club (1959), Beta Phi Beta Brotherhood (1971), F.B.I. Incorporated (1985), Gamma Delta Iota (1992), Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Omega Alpha Chapter (1992), Intelligent Black Women (1992), Golden Heart Club (1998), Tau Beta Sigma (2000), Kappa Kappa Psi (2000), The National Society of Leadership and Success (2011)

Residential Life

The Director of Housing at Stillman is Mrs. Jennifer Buton. There are six dorms in use. Four Men dorms Hay, Knox, King and Williams and two women dorms Roulhac and Wynn. All Freshman and Sophomore Students are required to stay on campus. The only exception is if the student attended a high school that is less than 50 miles. In this case, a waiver must be signed to acknowledge off-campus living arrangements.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e " >> Stillman College". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898-1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 4. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • The Advance,Stillman College's online student news site
  • Official Marching Band Website

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