Morris College

For the former Morris College in India, see Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.
Morris College
Motto "Intrare Libris, Dispartire Servire"
Motto in English
"Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve"
Type Private, HBCU
Established 1908
Affiliation Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina
Endowment $10 million
President Dr. Luns C. Richardson
Students 1,200
Location Sumter, South Carolina,
United States
Campus 33 acres (13.4 ha), 24 buildings
Colors Blue and gold
Athletics NAIA Division I
Nickname MoCo
Mascot Hornets
Affiliations Association of Independent Institutions (AII)

Morris College (MC), located in Sumter, South Carolina, is a four-year, coeducational, liberal arts, private, historically black college founded and operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.[1]


Morris College was founded in 1908, initially as a grade school, high school, and college. The college is named after the Reverend Frank Morris because of his outstanding leadership throughout the African American community of South Carolina. The college's first president was Dr. Edward M. Brawley (1908-1912). Morris College awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1915 under the administration of college president Dr. John Jacob Stark.


Morris College offers bachelor's degrees in 20 areas of study. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award four different types of bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education.

To effectively accomplish the purpose and philosophy of Morris College, its academic programs are organized into six academic divisions which oversee their respective departments.

Division of General Studies

Division of Business Administration

Division of Education

Division of Religion and Humanities

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Division of Social Sciences

Greek letter organizations

The university currently has chapters for eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority ΑΚΑ Nu Gamma ΝΓ
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity ΑΦA Xi Epsilon ΞE
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ΔΣΘ Xi Rho ΞP
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity ΚΑΨ Lambda Epsilon ΛE
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity ΩΨΦ Epsilon Lambda
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity ΦΒΣ Iota Zeta IZ
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority ΣΓΡ Iota Eta IH
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority ΖΦΒ Pi Theta ΠΘ


Morris College teams, nicknamed athletically as the Hornets, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field; women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Dr. Leroy Bowman 1940 one of the original legendary Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
Laura Hall 1965 politician; Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 19th district [2]
Herman Harris 1963 participated in Freedom Rides
James T. McCain Sumter County Council Vice Chairman; civil rights activist; local president of CORE; participated in Freedom Rides
Jerry Moore 1963 participated in Freedom Rides
Mae Francis Moultrie 1961 participated in Freedom Rides
J. David Weeks 1975 politician; Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 51st district; serves on the Judiciary Committee and was chair of the Legislative Black Caucus
Isaac Wilson 2011 philanthropist; best selling author; national bullying expert; owner of Listen365 (

See also


Coordinates: 33°56′18″N 80°20′44″W / 33.9383004°N 80.3456792°W / 33.9383004; -80.3456792

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