Claflin University is a private historically black university in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Founded in 1869 after the American Civil War by northern missionaries for the education of freedmen and their children, it offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
|Motto||The World Needs Visionaries|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||Dr. Dwaun Warmack|
|Campus||Urban 40 acres (16 ha)|
|Colors||Orange and Maroon|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Nickname||Panthers and Lady Panthers|
|Affiliations||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
track and field
Claflin University was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries who freed slaves to take their rightful places as full American citizens.
Claflin is the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina and touts itself as the first college in the state to welcome all students regardless of race or gender.
The university was named after two Methodist churchmen: Massachusetts Governor William Claflin and his father, Boston philanthropist Lee Claflin, who provided a large part of the funds to purchase the 43-acre campus. Claflin's first president was Dr. Alonzo Webster, a minister and educator from Vermont who had previously spent time as a member of Claflin's Board of Trustees.
Webster came to South Carolina to teach at the Baker Biblical Institute in Charleston, an institution established by the S.C. Mission Conference of 1866 of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the education of African American ministers. In 1870 the Baker Biblical Institute merged with Claflin University.
Since the administration of Dr. Webster, Claflin has been served by seven presidents: Dr. Edward Cooke (1872-1884); Dr. Lewis M. Dunton (1884-1922); Dr. Joseph B. Randolph (1922 1944); Dr. John J. Seabrook (1945-1955); Dr. Hubert V. Manning (1956-1984); Dr. Oscar A. Rogers, Jr. (1984-1994), Dr. Henry N. Tisdale (1994-2019) and Dr. Dwaun Warmack (2019–Present).
An act by the South Carolina General Assembly on March 12, 1872, designated the South Carolina State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute as a part of Claflin University. In 1896 the S.C. General Assembly passed an act of separation which severed the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute from Claflin University and established a separate institution which eventually became South Carolina State University.
Claflin's athletic teams are the Panthers. It is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the NCAA (Division II). Men's sports include basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field. Programs for women include basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field.
Claflin has an All-Girl cheerleading team that serves as athletics support and ambassadors of the university.
Reserve Officers Training Corps
Claflin graduates who complete the R.O.T.C. program (a cross-enrollment agreement with South Carolina State University) may be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
Greek letter organizations
The university currently has chapters for eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority||ΑΚΑ||Gamma Nu||ΓΝ|
|Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity||ΑΦΑ||Delta Alpha||ΔΑ|
|Delta Sigma Theta sorority||ΔΣΘ||Gamma Chi||ΓΧ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity||ΚΑΨ||Gamma Nu||ΓΝ|
|Omega Psi Phi fraternity||ΩΨΦ||Lambda Sigma||ΛΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma fraternity||ΦΒΣ||Omicron||Ο|
|Sigma Gamma Rho sorority||ΣΓΡ||Theta||Θ|
|Zeta Phi Beta sorority||ΖΦΒ||Mu||Μ|
Gamma Phi Delta, a national Christian fraternity, founded a chapter at Claflin in 2010.
|William Bulkley||1882||One of the first African-Americans in America to receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD. from Syracuse University in 1893). He was one of two members of the first graduating college class|
|Alice Jackson Moorer/ Annie Thortne||1884||Two of the first black women in the world to receive college degrees|
|Cassandra Maxwell Birney||1928||First black female attorney admitted to the South Carolina Bar|
|James S. Thomas||1939||First African American Bishop of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church|
|Florella Fordham||1900||First “trained” African American Nurse in Orangeburg County|
|James Martin, PhD||First African-American to receive a Ph.D in Biology from the University of South Carolina|
|James Hodges||1966||First African American to earn a pharmaceutical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina|
|Ernest Newman||1948||First African-American bishop of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church|
|William Wilson Cook||1898||Designed Lee Library (1898) and Tingley Memorial Hall. He went to Washington, D.C., to become the first black architect in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of the Supervising Architect, planned
and administered federal buildings.
|Kebra Moore||1997||Gospel recording artist with MOKEB Entertainment|
|Uhriel E. Bedoya||1999||Country Manager - Caribbean, Mastercard.|
|Col. Gloria A. Lee||1982||Chief Transportation Branch, United States Army.|
|Robert Bates||First African- American certified as an architect. He designed Fisk Hall, T. Willard Lewis Chapel and other campus buildings.|
|Henry N. Tisdale||1965||Eighth president of Claflin University. First African-American to earn a PhD. In mathematics at Dartmouth College.|
|James K. Davis||1962||Senior Vice President for
Corporate Affairs, Georgia Power Company.
|Roger Kenton Williams.||1936||Educator who taught at psychology departments at North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore|
|Arthur Rose Sr.||1950||Chair of Art Department (1952 - 1973) at Claflin University; the Arthur Rose Museum at the university was named for him|
|Dr. Gloria Rackley Blackwell||1953||civil rights activist, professor at Clark Atlanta University|
|Leo Twiggs||1956||Artist and educator at South Carolina State University; the first African American to receive a Doctorate of Arts from the University of Georgia|
|Cecil J. Williams||1960||American photographer, publisher, author and inventor best known for his photography documenting the civil rights movement in South Carolina|
|Joseph H. Jefferson||1970||member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 102nd District|
|Cynthia V. Anderson||1980||Chief Operations Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy|
|Dr. Lola Kelly-Smalls||2000||Research Scientist|
|Dr. Leonard Pressley||2002||professor of biology at Claflin University|
|Dr. Nathaniel Frederick||2002||professor of communication at Claflin University|
|Bryan Andrew Wilson||2004||Gospel Artist|
|E. Roger Mitchell||1993||Actor - The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.|
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