St. Augustine's University

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Saint Augustine's University
St. Augustine's University Historic Chapel.jpg
Motto Veritas vos liberabit
Motto in English
The truth will set you free
Established 1867
Type Private, HBCU
Affiliation Episcopal
President Everett B. Ward
Students 1,500
Location Raleigh, North Carolina,
United States
Campus Urban, 105 acres (0.42 km2)
Colors Blue and White
Sports Golf
Outdoor Track
Indoor Track
Nickname Mighty Falcons

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Saint Augustine's University is a historically black college located in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The college was founded in 1867 in Raleigh, North Carolina by prominent Episcopal clergy for the education of freed slaves.[1]


Founded in 1867 as Saint Augustine's Normal School, the institution first changed its name to Saint Augustine’s School in 1893 and then to Saint Augustine’s Junior College in 1919 when it began offering college-level coursework. It began offering coursework leading to a four-year degree in 1927 and changed its name to Saint Augustine’s College one year later with the first baccalaureate degrees awarded in 1931. In 2012, the institution again expanded its focus and changed its name to St. Augustine's University.[2]

In April 2014, in the midst of what The Chronicle of Higher Education characterized as "significant turmoil" and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education described as "financial problems...stemming from a loss in enrollment and revenue," the university's board of trustees fired university president Dianne Boardley Suber one month prior to her planned retirement. At the same time, the board reinstated two senior employees that Suber had recently fired. Suber had led the university for nearly 15 years.[3][4]

Dr. Everett Ward was appointed President in 2015 after serving as interim President since 2014.[5]

Saint Augustine’s University was the nation’s first historically black college to have its own on-campus commercial radio and television stations (WAUG 750 AM, WAUG-TV 8, and Time Warner cable channel 10). It is also the only school in the Raleigh/Durham area to offer a degree in film production.

Of the 5 colleges in the Western world which have awarded honorary degrees to controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Saint Augustine's College is one of only 2 which has not revoked the award (in this case, a Legum Doctor).

2011 social media controversy

In 2011, the university barred a student from participation in the 2011 commencement exercises because of a negative comment he had made on the College's Facebook page.[6][7] Shortly thereafter, the student initiated a lawsuit against the College in North Carolina State Court[8][9] which was later settled out of court.[10]

2013 summer camp employees controversy

In the summer of 2013, local news affiliates reported that two convicted murderers had been hired by the university to work for a children's summer camp.[11] Although the university defended the employees as "exemplary employees and productive members of the community,",[12] the university reassigned them.[13]


St. Augustine's College Campus
Location Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 80002903[14]
Added to NRHP March 28, 1980
Residence Halls
All-Male All-Female Co-Educational Inactive
Latham Hall, 1974
Freshman Residence
Weston Hall, 1986
Freshman Residence
FalkCrest Court, 2007
Upperclassmen Residence
Atkinson Hall, 1961
Boyer Hall, 1990
Baker Hall, 1963
Unclassified Residence
Lynch Hall, 1961
Athletic Upperclassmen Residence

The school’s size is 105 acres (0.42 km2) of historic land in an Urban setting and large city (250,000 – 499,999), just minutes away from downtown. The main area of the campus is approximately 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land housing the following facilities:

Emery Gymnasium, George "Pup" Williams Track & Field Stadium, Penick Hall of Math & Sciences, Charles Mosee Building (Office of Academic Affairs), Delany Hall (Office of Financial Aid & Admissions), Martin Luther King, Jr. Reception Center, Joseph C. Gordan Health & Science Center, The Prezell R. Robinson Library, Cheshire Building (Division of Business), Tuttle Hall of Military Sciences, St. Agnes Hospital, Goold Hall Student Union, Charles H. Boyer Administration Building (Office of the President), Hunter Administration Bldg., Hermitage Faculty Bldg., Benson Bldg. of Technology, Seby Jones Fine Arts Center, and The Historic Chapel.

  • Saint Agnes Hospital- Sarah Hunter founded St. Agnes Hospital in 1895. For many years St. Agnes was the only teaching hospital for blacks between Atlanta and Washington D.C. In 1905, under the direction of Bishop Henry Beard Delany it became a 75 bed center that opened in 1908. The building was severely damaged by fire in December 1926 and is currently undergoing a $13 million renovation to become an administration building, and historic site of Raleigh, North Carolina. One of its most famous patients was Boxer Jack Johnson, who was taken there following a fatal 1946 auto accident near Franklinton, NC. This building still remains but the hospital has not operated since 1961.
  • Saint Augustine's College Historic Chapel- The college cornerstone was laid in 1895 under the guidance of Reverend Henry Beard Delany, the first African-American Bishop elected to the Episcopal Church and the first Bishop to graduate from the college. The chapel was made possible through the acquisition by the Freedmen's Bureau and is one of the oldest landmarks at St. Augustine's University. Current chaplain of the chapel is the Rev. Nita Johnson Byrd.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Center- Built in 1973, it was previously the schools Student Union and now holds the cafeteria,mailing room, bookstore, and ballroom.

Student enrollment

In recent years, the university's annual enrollment has approximated 800-1000 students, about half from North Carolina, the remainder from 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and 30 other foreign countries. Its faculty consists of nearly 100 persons.


Division of Business Division of Liberal Arts & Education Division of Social Sciences
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Real Estate
  • Education
  • English
  • Human Performance & Wellness
  • International Studies
  • Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • History & Political Science
  • Criminal Justice & Judicial Administration
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
Visual & Performing Arts Division of Natural Science & Mathematics Division of Military Science
  • Film and Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Pre-Med
  • Mathematics and Engineering
  • U.S. Army ROTC

Student activities

Clubs and activities

  • Student Honors Association
  • Student Leaders Organization
  • Student Government Association
  • CAB (Campus Activities Board)
  • CFO (Christian Fellowship Organization)
  • New Beginnings Gospel Choir
  • BlueChip Cheerleading Squad
  • Collegiate 100 of the 100 Black Men
  • Carter G. Woodson History Club
  • FAME (Federation of Artist in Media Entertainment)
  • Falcon Poetry Club
  • Phi Beta Lambda (National Business Association)
  • Nubiance Modeling Troupe
  • Belle J'Adore Modeling Troupe
  • ISA International Student Organization
  • Marching/Jazz/Pep Band
  • Falcon Battalion/Army ROTC
  • Falcons 4 Obama
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Falcons for the Cause
  • Falcon Fanatikz Pep Squad
  • Residence Halls Association
  • Psychology Club
  • SAC Association for Black Journalists
  • Sociology Club
  • Students in Free Enterprise
  • Students North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE)

Honor societies

Greek letter organizations

Social fellowships

Gateway Program

The mission of "The Gateway Lifelong Learning Program" is to offer non-traditional, continuing and alternative academic educational opportunities for adult learners. The Gateway Program is designed to give working, non-traditional and community college transfer students an option to pursue a degree and / or personal/professional development. These academic programs address the learning needs of employed adults who prefer an educational delivery system that is participatory and experientially related to the workplace. An example of an educational program consistent with the lifelong learning philosophy is the Organizational Management (OM) major, which is offered through the university's Gateway Program. This unique program offers an ideal alternative academic opportunity for the employed adult to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in an accelerated format while attending classes during the evening each week.


Saint Augustine's competes in NCAA Division II in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Varsity sports include:

Saint Augustine's College official Falcon logo

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Bernard Allen 1962 Educator and long-time lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators; North Carolina House member, 2003–2006 [15]
Hannah Diggs Atkins first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1968–1980)
Luther Barnes 1976 Gospel music recording artist
Ralph Campbell, Jr. former North Carolina State Auditor; the first African-American elected to that position in North Carolina
Travis Cherry Grammy Nominated Music Producer
Anna Julia Cooper writer, educator, one of the first African-American women to receive a PhD.
Bessie and Sadie Delany Bessie, 1911
Sadie, 1910
African Americans who published their best-selling memoir, Having Our Say, at the ages of 102 and 104, respectively [16][17]
Henry Beard Delany first African-American Episcopal Bishop
Hon. Hubert Thomas Delany American civil rights pioneer, a lawyer, politician, Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first African American Tax Commissioner of New York and one of the first appointed African American judges in New York City
Ruby Butler DeMesme 1969 former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower, Installations and Environment
Ramon Gittens Sprinter at the 2012 Summer Olympics [18]
Robert X. Golphin Actor "The Great Debaters"
Trevor Graham former track & field coach
Alex Hall former NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants and currently in the Canadian Football League
Maycie Herrington documentarian of the Tuskegee Airmen and social worker [19]
Ike Lassiter the first NFL player ever from St. Augustine's College
William McBryar Medal of Honor recipient
Angelique Monét 1998 Former Ms. Black South Carolina, multi-media talent, and world's only stage actress ventriloquist, also appointed nobility title Princess of Aquitaine
Hon. James E.C. Perry 1966 Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida
Antonio Pettigrew 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the men's 4 × 400 meter relay for the United States. He also won the gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.
Chaz Robinson professional football player


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