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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

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 Saint Paul's College

The newly ordained deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church arrived in Lawrenceville, in Brunswick County, Virginia, March 16, 1882. Here he found a small group of Negro communicants in St. Andrew’s Church, and organized them into a congregation. By February 1883, the first Saint Paul’s Memorial Chapel had been constructed and was ready for occupancy. Immediately, a parochial school was organized in the vestry room of this small frame chapel. Soon these quarters of the parochial school became too small for the increasing enrollment, and a three-room frame structure was built with funds contributed by the Reverend James Saul of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today the Saul Building remains standing on the campus of the College.

On September 24, 1888, with fewer than a dozen students, the Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School was started in the building known as the Saul Building. More students came as word about the school spread. The members increased to such an extent that the Founder, the Reverend James Solomon Russell, realized the need for a program of expansion and development. On March 4, 1890 by an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, the school was incorporated as the Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School, and by that name it was given a perpetual succession and a common seal.

A collegiate department of teacher training was started in 1922 and was accredited by the Virginia State Board of Education in 1926. As a result of this development, a large percentage of the teachers in elementary and secondary schools of Virginia and the neighboring states of North Carolina and Maryland are graduates of Saint Paul’s. Since 1923 Saint Paul’s has been represented in all major contests in the field of athletics. Saint Paul’s also played an important part in the life of the community. In its early years the school supplied ice for the Southern Railroad operating between Danville and Norfolk, Virginia, and water and electricity for the town of Lawrenceville. Today, many buildings stand in Lawrenceville and Southside Virginia as mute testimony to the industrial activity of Saint Paul’s trade students.

In 1928, the founder, The Venerable James Solomon Russell, archdeacon in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, retired with the title of Principal-Emeritus. His son, The Reverend Dr. J. Alvin Russell, was elected as the founder’s successor. He continued to work in faith as the administrator, 1928-1950, and brought about many changes and improvements. The College’s charter was amended on December 30, 1941, giving Saint Paul’s the authority to grant degrees based on a four-year program. The name of the institution was changed to St. Paul’s Polytechnic Institute and the chief administrator, Dr. J. Alvin Russell, became the first chief administrator to carry the title of President. In September, 1942 degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Science in Education were started. The endowment was increased and several buildings were erected, important among which were: The Julia C. Emery Hall, 1930; The William H. Scott Administration Building, 1932; and The Anna Ramsdell Johnston Building, 1933. World War II interrupted the building program, but in 1948 ground was broken for the William Ambrose Brown Science Building, and the James Solomon Russell Memorial Library was completed and dedicated in 1951.

In the spring of 1950, Dr. Earl H. McClenney was elected president and became the third chief administrator of Saint Paul’s College. During the administration of Dr. McClenney, many notable improvements were made; among them, the College was granted membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the United Negro College Fund, and the Association of Episcopal Colleges. On February 27, 1957 at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees, the decision was reached to change the name of the institution from St. Paul’s Polytechnic Institute to Saint Paul’s College. The Trustees also approved the reorganization of the curricula to include courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees.

Following the retirement of Dr. McClenney on September 1, 1970, the Board appointed Dr. Edward I. Long as the Acting President. Under Dr. Long’s direction, Saint Paul’s received reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In January, 1971, the Board of Trustees named Dr. James A. Russell, Jr. (grandson of the Founder) as President of the College effective July 1, 1971. By formal resolution of the Board of Trustees, the College was opened to students and teachers of all races.

Academia:                                                                                                                            Athletics
Division of Business Administration
Division of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences
Division of Natural Science & Mathematics

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Saint Paul's College
115 College Drive
Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868
(434) 848-3111

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Saint Paul's College
115 College Drive
Lawrenceville, VA 23868

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