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Montreat College

Montreat College
Affiliation Presbyterian
President Dr. Paul Maurer
Nickname Cavaliers
Website .edu.montreatwww

Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts college located in the town of Montreat, North Carolina. Montreat College also has campuses for adults and professionals across the state of North Carolina. The School of Professional and Adult Studies has campus locations in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Morganton, North Carolina.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization and administration 3
  • Academic profile 4
  • Student life 5
    • Sport 5.1
  • In popular culture 6
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


In 1897 a Congregationalist minister named John C. Collins from New Haven, Connecticut, joined with a number of likeminded associates from other denominations, including evangelist Weston R. Gales, to form the

  • Montreat College
  • Montreat Team and Leadership Center
  • Montreat Athletic Website

External links

  1. ^ C. A. Rowland, The Genesis of Montreat, (Athens, GA: Charles Alden Rowland, 1952), page 2
  2. ^ Robert C. Anderson, The Story of Montreat from Its Beginning, 1897-1947, page 2
  3. ^ Robert C. Anderson, The Story of Montreat from Its Beginning, 1897-1947, page 3
  4. ^ Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1915), page 168
  5. ^ Minutes of the Managing Committee of the Mountain Retreat Association dated July 13, 1917, page 179
  6. ^ Anderson, Robert Campbell, The Story of Montreat from its Beginning, 1897-1947. Montreat, NC: Robert C. Anderson, 1949, page 34-35
  7. ^ C. Grier Davis, Montreat: A Retreat for Renewal, 1947-1972 (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986) pages 1-2
  8. ^ Davis, Calvin Grier, Montreat: A Retreat For Renewal: 1947-1972. Arcata Graphics: Kingsport, TN, 1986, page 132
  9. ^ Maxwell, Elizabeth, A Flowing Stream: An Informal History of Montreat. Alexander, NC: WorldComm, 1997, page 160.
  10. ^ Maxwell, Elizabeth, A Flowing Stream: An Informal History of Montreat. Alexander, NC: WorldComm, 1997, page 109.
  11. ^ Vaughan, Emilie Miller, Mother Pioneered at Montreat: Her Letters 1898-1899. Ithaca, NY: Emilie Miller Vaughan, 1972.


Sammy Stewart was a member of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team that won the World Series in 1983. Filmmaker and educator Brian Fuller won a regional Emmy Award in 1992 for his experimental dance film, Falloff.

Notable people

In popular culture

Montreat College athletic teams, nicknamed athletically as the Cavaliers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.


The Montreat campus' student body consists of around 400 undergraduate students. The School of Professional and Adult Studies consists of 420 adult undergraduate, graduate, and online students.

Student life

Montreat College’s traditional program is made up of 400 students who are pursuing a Christ-centered liberal arts education in areas of study that range from Business Administration and Bible and Religion, to Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education and Music Business – totaling 15 tracks of study. The School of Professional and Adult Studies began offering classes on September 19, 1994. With online programs and physical campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, the college seeks to serve adults in the work force who want to improve themselves and earn a college degree. In June 1998 Montreat College was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a level three institution to offer the master's degree in business administration. This accreditation was reaffirmed in December 2012.

Academic profile

Dr. Paul Maurer has been the president of Montreat College since 2014. He succeeds Dr. Robert Campbell Anderson (1916–1947), Dr. J. Rupert McGregor (1947–1957), Dr. Calvin Grier Davis (1959–1972), Dr. Silas M. Vaughn (1972–1991), Mr. William W. Hurt (1991–2002), Dr. John S. Lindberg (2002–2003), and Dr. Dan Struble (2004–2013).

Organization and administration

Many of the older buildings are constructed out of stone. In the early days Emilie Miller Vaughan described it thus: “I wish I could tell you of the scenery around here & at the retreat. People who have travelled say it is only equalled by Switzerland” [11]


In the 1975 the college and the Mountain Retreat Association conference center formed two separate organizations with Dr. Vaughn as College President and Mr. Monroe Ashley, a Baptist minister who had done extensive work in camp and conference ministry, as the President of the Mountain Retreat Association.[10]

In 1962 Rev. Calvin Thielman who had been living in Montreat for some time as a Special Assistant to Billy Graham was called as Pastor of the Montreat Presbyterian Church and at the same time served as the first chaplain to students at Montreat-Anderson College.[9] He held both of these jobs until 1992 when Ed Bonner was called as college chaplain, while Thielman continued as Pastor of the Church until his retirement in 1995.

One of the school’s benefactors over the years has been local resident Billy Graham, whose wife Ruth Bell Graham was actively involved with students for many years. During a time when the school’s identity was being defined, Dr. Graham gave a total of $150,000 over a period of three years.[8]

The Town of Montreat came into being in 1967 after the Mountain Retreat Association found it increasingly burdensome to maintain the roads and the water and sewer systems of the retreat center. The Board of Directors voluntarily agreed to surrender “all municipal powers and functions and permit Montreat to be governed by the laws of Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina.” [7]

In this way the predecessor to Montreat College was created as a part of the Mountain Retreat Association to make year-round use of the facilities previously used only for summer conferences. But from the beginning “the accounts of the Mountain Retreat Association and Montreat College were kept separate. No money was ever transferred from one to the other.” [6]

Having been granted a charter by the State of North Carolina in January 1917, the minutes of the Mountain Retreat Association ‘Managing Committee’ dated July 13, 1917 voted “The Mountain Retreat Association hereby offers to the Board of Trustees of the Montreat Normal School so much of their buildings grounds and equipment as may be needed for school purposes for eight months during the year, it being understood that the Montreat Normal School shall pay for water, lights, insurance and ordinary repairs to the property for the time covered.” [5]

Today the name ‘Montreat’ is used for at least three different entities including Montreat College. The original Mountain Retreat Association still exists, but was transformed into a Presbyterian conference center less than ten years after its creation when J. R. Howerton of Charlotte, North Carolina, conceived and carried out the idea of purchasing Montreat for the Presbyterian Church in the United States (also known informally as the Southern Presbyterian Church). In 1913, Dr. Robert C. Anderson, then president of the Mountain Retreat Association, proposed that the grounds and facilities of the Association be used for a school during the academic year. In 1915, an Ad Interim Committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. reported: “1. We have made a careful examination of the Montreat property, and believe that it could be made suitable for school purposes by installing heating facilities and adding up-to-date school equipment. In this way provision could easily be made for 350 to 400 pupils. 2. We have carefully considered the various schools within the bounds of our General Assembly and under the control of the various Synods and Presbyteries, and we believe that one need of our ecclesiastical school system is a Christian Normal School for Teachers. We believe that Montreat is well located and adapted for a school of this nature.” [4]


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