Converse College

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Converse College
Established1889
TypeWomen's Undergraduate College. Co-Ed Graduated Education
Endowment$51.5 million[1]
PresidentElizabeth A. Fleming
Students1,938
Undergraduates773
Postgraduates1,165
LocationSpartanburg, South Carolina, USA
34°57′16.59″N 81°55′01.51″W / 34.9546083°N 81.9170861°W / 34.9546083; -81.9170861
CampusUrban
70 acres (0.3 km2)
ColorsPurple and Gold
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Lacrosse, Equestrian
MascotValkyries
AffiliationsConference Carolinas
Websiteconverse.edu
 
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Converse College
Established1889
TypeWomen's Undergraduate College. Co-Ed Graduated Education
Endowment$51.5 million[1]
PresidentElizabeth A. Fleming
Students1,938
Undergraduates773
Postgraduates1,165
LocationSpartanburg, South Carolina, USA
34°57′16.59″N 81°55′01.51″W / 34.9546083°N 81.9170861°W / 34.9546083; -81.9170861
CampusUrban
70 acres (0.3 km2)
ColorsPurple and Gold
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Lacrosse, Equestrian
MascotValkyries
AffiliationsConference Carolinas
Websiteconverse.edu

Converse College is a liberal arts women's college in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. It was established by a group of Spartanburg citizens and named after Dexter Edgar Converse.

History[edit]

Converse College Historic District
Wilson Hall at Converse College.jpg
Location580 E. Main St., Spartanburg, South Carolina
Area20 acres (8.1 ha)
Built1891 (1891)-1915
ArchitectHook, Charles
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival, Romanesque, Richardsonian Romanesque
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #75001706[2]
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1975

Converse College opened on October 1, 1889 with a student body of 168 and 16 faculty members. The College operated as a "stock company" with the board of directors composed entirely of citizens of Spartanburg. Dexter Edgar Converse, a native of Vermont who had settled in Spartanburg before the American Civil War and had become a successful pioneer in the cotton mill industry, served as the head of the first board of directors. On January 2, 1892 fire destroyed the College's main building. The building was enlarged during its reconstruction. In 1896, the College was incorporated in South Carolina and a self-perpetuating board of trustees was named. In 1964, the College introduced graduate programs.

The Converse College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[2] It encompasses eight contributing buildings dated between 1891 and 1915. They are the Main Building (1892), Annex (Pell Hall, 1891), Twichell Auditorium (1898-1899), Carnegie Library (1905), Cleveland House (c. 1905), Judd Science Hall (1915), Dexter Hall (1899), and Towne House (1898). The buildings are representative of the Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, and Neo-Classical styles.[3][4]

Description[edit]

It has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 750 women who come from throughout the United States. The graduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 students is made up of both men and women.

Departments

Athletics[edit]

Converse College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Valkyries are a member of the Conference Carolinas. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, golf, tennis, swimming and volleyball.

Presidents[edit]

NameYears served
Benjamin F. Wilson1890–1902
Robert Paine Pell1902–1932
Edward Moseley Gwathmey1933–1955
Oliver Cromwell Carmichael, Jr.1956–1960
Robert T. Coleman, Jr.1961–1989
Ellen Wood Hall1989–1993
Sandra C. Thomas1994–1998
Nancy Oliver Gray1999–2005
Elizabeth A. Fleming2006—

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ Mary Ann Eaddy and Georgianna Graham (May 1975). "Converse Heights Historic District" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Converse College Historic District, Spartanburg County (Spartanburg)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2014-07-01.  and accompanying map

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