Rhodes College
Rhodes College is a private
Private school
Private schools, also known as independent schools or nonstate schools, are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students' tuition, rather than relying on mandatory...

, predominantly undergraduate, liberal arts college
Liberal arts colleges in the United States
Liberal arts colleges in the United States are certain undergraduate institutions of higher education in the United States. The Encyclopædia Britannica Concise offers a definition of the liberal arts as a "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general...

 located in Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers....

, Tennessee
Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. It has a population of 6,346,105, making it the nation's 17th-largest state by population, and covers , making it the 36th-largest by total land area...

, USA. Originally founded by freemasons in 1848, Rhodes became affiliated with the Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Presbyterian Church , or PC, is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. Part of the Reformed tradition, it is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S...

 in 1855. Rhodes enrolls approximately 1,700 students pursuing bachelor's and master's degrees. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation...



Rhodes College traces its origin as a degree-granting institution to the Masonic University of Tennessee, founded in 1848 in Clarksville, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
Clarksville is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States, and the fifth largest city in the state. The population was 132,929 in 2010 United States Census...

, by the Grand Masonic Lodge of Tennessee. The institution became Montgomery Masonic College in 1850 and later was renamed Stewart College in honor of its president, William M. Stewart. Under Stewart's leadership in 1855, control of the college passed from the Masons
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million, including approximately 150,000 under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge...

 to the Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Presbyterian Church , or PC, is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. Part of the Reformed tradition, it is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S...

. In 1875, the college added an undergraduate School of theology
Theology is the systematic and rational study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary.-Definition:Augustine of Hippo...

 and became Southwestern Presbyterian University. The School of Theology operated until 1917.

In 1925, president Charles Diehl led the move to the present campus in Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers....

 (the Clarksville campus would later become Austin Peay State University
Austin Peay State University
Austin Peay State University is a four-year public university located in Clarksville, Tennessee, and operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools .-History:...

). At that time, the college shortened its name to Southwestern. In 1945, the college adopted the name Southwestern at Memphis, to distinguish itself from other colleges and universities containing the name "Southwestern
Southwestern University (disambiguation)
Southwestern University is either:*Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, USA*Southwestern University in Cebu City, PhilippinesSouthwestern University may also refer to:*Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, USA...


Finally, in 1984, the college's name was changed to Rhodes College to honor former college president, and Diehl's successor, Peyton Nalle Rhodes.
Since 1984, Rhodes has grown from a regionally recognized institution to a nationally ranked liberal arts college.
As enrollment has increased over the past twenty years, so has the proportion of students from outside Tennessee and the Southeast region.

Dr. James Daughdrill
James H. Daughdrill, Jr.
James Harold Daughdrill, Jr. was the 18th president of Rhodes College. He was installed as president in 1973 and retired in 1999. He is the son of James Harold Daughdrill and Louisa Coffee Dozier. In 1964, he was the president of Kingston Mills, a $17 million carpet and textile business, but left...

 served as president for over a quarter century. His successor is the current president of Rhodes, Dr. William E. Troutt
William E. Troutt
William E. "Bill" Troutt has served as the 19th president of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee since 1999. From 1982 to 1999, he served as the President of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.-Biography:...

, who joined the college as its 19th president in 1999.


The academic environment at Rhodes centers around small classes and an emphasis on student research and writing. Students are encouraged to participate in off-campus activities and "service learning." They are also given the opportunity to participate in a variety of research-based programs, such as the Summer Plus program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a leading pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases. It is located in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a nonprofit medical corporation chartered as a 501 tax-exempt organization under IRS regulations.In...

, the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, the Center for Outreach and Development of the Arts, the Mike Curb Institute for Music, and the Rhodes Service Fellows program.

About one third of Rhodes students go on to graduate
Graduate school
A graduate school is a school that awards advanced academic degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate degree...

 or professional school
Professional school
A professional school is a school type that prepares students for careers in specific fields.Examples of this type of school include:* Architecture school* Business school* Dental school* Education school* Journalism school* Law school* Library school...

 soon after graduation
Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated, where students become Graduates. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as Graduands. The date of graduation is often called degree day. The graduation itself is also...

. The acceptance rates of Rhodes alumni to law
Law school
A law school is an institution specializing in legal education.- Law degrees :- Canada :...

 and business school
Business school
A business school is a university-level institution that confers degrees in Business Administration. It teaches topics such as accounting, administration, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, marketing, organizational behavior, public relations, strategy, human resource...

s are around 95%, and the acceptance rate to medical school
Medical school
A medical school is a tertiary educational institution—or part of such an institution—that teaches medicine. Degree programs offered at medical schools often include Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Bachelor/Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, master's degree, or other post-secondary...

s is nearly twice the national average.

Rhodes was featured in Loren Pope's
Loren Pope
Loren Brooks Pope was an American writer and independent college placement counselor.In 1965, Pope, a former newspaperman and education editor of The New York Times, founded the College Placement Bureau, one of the first independent college placement counseling services in the United States...

 Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives is a college educational guide by Loren Pope. It was originally published in 1996, with a second edition in 2000, and a third edition in 2006...

and on the cover of the 2008 Princeton Review Complete Book of Colleges. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Rhodes among the nation's "top-tier" liberal arts colleges, ranking the school 47th among liberal arts colleges in 2010. Forbes
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 rated Rhodes 47th among all American colleges and universities in its 2010 publication of America's Best Colleges
Forbes Magazine's List of America's Best Colleges
In 2009 Forbes Magazine, along with The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, compiled a list of America's Best Colleges based on "the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve".- 2009 List :...


The campus covers a 100 acre (0.404686 km²) tract in midtown Memphis across from Overton Park
Overton Park
Overton Park is a large, public park in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. The park grounds contain the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Zoo, a 9-hole golf course, Memphis College of Art, Rainbow Lake, Veterans Plaza, Greensward, and other features...

 and the Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years. The land currently designated to the Memphis Zoo was defined by the...

Often cited for its beauty, the campus design is notable for its stone Gothic architecture
Gothic architecture
Gothic architecture is a style of architecture that flourished during the high and late medieval period. It evolved from Romanesque architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance architecture....

 buildings, thirteen of which are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...


The original buildings, including Palmer Hall (1925), Kennedy Hall (1925), and Robb and White dormitories (1925), were designed by Henry Hibbs in consultation with Charles Klauder
Charles Klauder
Charles Zeller Klauder was an American architect best known for his work on university buildings and campus designs, especially his Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, the first educational skyscraper.-Biography:...

, who designed many buildings at Princeton University
Princeton University
Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. The school is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

, alma mater of college president Charles Diehl.

Later buildings were designed by H. Clinton Parrent, a young associate of Hibbs who was present from the beginning.
Parrent's buildings include the Catherine Burrow Refectory (1957), which was an expansion of Hibbs' original dining hall.
Parrent also added Halliburton Tower (1962) to Palmer Hall.
The 140 feet (42.7 m) bell tower was named in honor of explorer Richard Halliburton
Richard Halliburton
Richard Halliburton was an American traveler, adventurer, and author. Best known today for having swum the length of the Panama Canal and paying the lowest toll in its history—thirty-six cents—Halliburton was headline news for most of his brief career...

. The Paul Barret, Jr. Library holds a collection of Halliburton's papers.

Rhodes maintains its Collegiate Gothic architecture. The latest example is the new Barret Library (2005), designed by the firm of Hanbury Evans Wright and Vlattas.

The campus was used as the setting of the movie Making the Grade
Making the Grade (film)
Making the Grade is an American film which was released in 1984. It was directed by Dorian Walker and written by Charles Gale and Gene Quintano. It was filmed at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.-Synopsis:...


Students and faculty

Rhodes enrolls 1712 undergraduate students from 48 states
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

, the District of Columbia, and 12 foreign countries.
About 74% are Caucasian, 7% are African American
African American
African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct descendants of enslaved Africans within the boundaries of the present United States...

, 5% are Asia
Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and with approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population...

n, 3% are Hispanic
Hispanic is a term that originally denoted a relationship to Hispania, which is to say the Iberian Peninsula: Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal and Spain. During the Modern Era, Hispanic sometimes takes on a more limited meaning, particularly in the United States, where the term means a person of ...

, 1% are multi-racial, 4% are international, and the ethnicity of about 5% is unknown.
Fifty-seven percent of students are female.
The student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.
Some of the nearly 30 majors include Economics
Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The term economics comes from the Ancient Greek from + , hence "rules of the house"...

 and Business Administration, Biology
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. Biology is a vast subject containing many subdivisions, topics, and disciplines...

, Political Science
Political science
Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

, English
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

, and International Studies
International relations
International relations is the study of relationships between countries, including the roles of states, inter-governmental organizations , international nongovernmental organizations , non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations...


Traditions and clubs

Rhodes is one of 62 colleges recently classified for both "Curricular Engagement" and "Outreach & Partnerships" in the "Community Engagement" category by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of the United States Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center, whose primary activities of research and writing have resulted in published reports on every level...

. Approximately 80% of Rhodes students participate in some form of community service
Community service
Community service is donated service or activity that is performed by someone or a group of people for the benefit of the public or its institutions....

 by the time they graduate. The curriculum includes a requirement that students participate in activities that broaden the connection between classroom experiences and the outside world. The mission statement
Mission statement
A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company or organization. The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making...

 of the college also reinforces community engagement, aspiring to "graduate students with...a compassion for others and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world."

Central to the life of the college is its Honor Code, administered by students through the Honor Council. Every student is required to sign the Code, which reads, "As a member of the Rhodes College community, I pledge my full and steadfast support to the Honor System and agree neither to lie, cheat, nor steal and to report any such violation that I may witness." Because of this, students enjoy a relationship of trust with their professors and benefits such as taking closed book final exams in the privacy of their own rooms.

Rites of Spring is a three day music festival in early April. A major social event of the school year, it typically attracts several major bands from around the country. Rites to Play has in recent years brought elementary-school-age children to the campus. Rhodes students plan, organize, and execute a carnival
Carnaval is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnaval typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party...

 for the children, who are sponsored by community agencies and schools that partner with Rhodes.


The college mascot is the lynx
A lynx is any of the four Lynx genus species of medium-sized wildcats. The name "lynx" originated in Middle English via Latin from Greek word "λύγξ", derived from the Indo-European root "*leuk-", meaning "light, brightness", in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes...

 and the school colors are red and black.

The athletic teams compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference , founded in 1962, is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas...

 in the NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

's Division III. In 2012, Rhodes will be a founding member of the Southern Athletic Association
Southern Athletic Association
The Southern Athletic Association is a planned athletic conference, scheduled to begin play in 2012 in NCAA Division III. It was formed in 2011 by seven members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Independent Berry College.-Member institutions:...

 along with six other current SCAC members and Berry College.
Rhodes counts five national championships to its credit - one awarded to the 1961 baseball team, and four awarded to its mock trial
Mock trial
A Mock Trial is an act or imitation trial. It is similar to a moot court, but mock trials simulate lower-court trials, while moot court simulates appellate court hearings. Attorneys preparing for a real trial might use a mock trial consisting of volunteers as role players to test theories or...


The J. Hal Daughdrill Award is given to the "Most Valuable Player" of the Lynx football team. The award honors James Harold Daughdrill, Sr. (1903–1986), outstanding football player, athlete, business leader, and the father of Rhodes' eighteenth President. The Rebecca Rish Gay Award and Walter E. Gay Award are given to the "Athletes of the Year" and are named after the parents of former President Daughdrill’s wife, Libby Daughdrill.

Greek system

There are a number of social fraternities
A fraternity is a brotherhood, though the term usually connotes a distinct or formal organization. An organization referred to as a fraternity may be a:*Secret society*Chivalric order*Benefit society*Friendly society*Social club*Trade union...

 and sororities at Rhodes. Approximately 50% of the students are members of Greek organizations. Fraternity and sorority lodges at Rhodes are not residential.


(in order of establishment at Rhodes)
  • Chi Omega
    Chi Omega
    Chi Omega is a women's fraternity and the largest member of the National Panhellenic Conference. Chi Omega has 174 active collegiate chapters and over 230 alumnae chapters. Chi Omega's national headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee....

  • Alpha Omicron Pi
    Alpha Omicron Pi
    Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community. ΑΟΠ was founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard College on the campus...

  • Kappa Delta
    Kappa Delta
    Kappa Delta was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School , in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university...

  • Delta Delta Delta
    Delta Delta Delta
    Delta Delta Delta , also known as Tri Delta, is an international sorority founded on November 27, 1888, the eve of Thanksgiving Day. With over 200,000 initiates, Tri Delta is one of the world's largest NPC sororities.-History:...

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
    Alpha Kappa Alpha
    Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of nine students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle...

  • Sigma Gamma Rho
    Sigma Gamma Rho
    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Butler University on November 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis, Indiana...

  • Delta Sigma Theta
    Delta Sigma Theta
    Delta Sigma Theta is a non-profit Greek-lettered sorority of college-educated women who perform public service and place emphasis on the African American community. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University...



(in order of establishment at Rhodes)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
    Pi Kappa Alpha
    Pi Kappa Alpha is a Greek social fraternity with over 230 chapters and colonies and over 250,000 lifetime initiates in the United States and Canada.-History:...

  • Alpha Tau Omega
    Alpha Tau Omega
    Alpha Tau Omega is a secret American leadership and social fraternity.The Fraternity has more than 250 active and inactive chapters, more than 200,000 initiates, and over 7,000 active undergraduate members. The 200,000th member was initiated in early 2009...

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a North American Greek-letter social college fraternity founded at the University of Alabama on March 9, 1856. Of all existing national social fraternities today, Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the only one founded in the Antebellum South...

  • Kappa Sigma
    Kappa Sigma
    Kappa Sigma , commonly nicknamed Kappa Sig, is an international fraternity with currently 282 active chapters and colonies in North America. Kappa Sigma has initiated more than 240,000 men on college campuses throughout the United States and Canada. Today, the Fraternity has over 175,000 living...

  • Kappa Alpha Order
    Kappa Alpha Order
    Kappa Alpha Order is a social fraternity and fraternal order. Kappa Alpha Order has 124 active chapters, 3 provisional chapters, and 2 commissions...

  • Sigma Nu
    Sigma Nu
    Sigma Nu is an undergraduate, college fraternity with chapters in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Sigma Nu was founded in 1869 by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia...

  • Kappa Alpha Psi
    Kappa Alpha Psi
    Kappa Alpha Psi is a collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African American membership. Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington, the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin...

Faculty and administrators

  • Richard Batey, W. J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies
  • Mark Behr
    Mark Behr
    Mark Behr is a Tanzanian writer in South Africa. He is currently professor of Creative Writing at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. He has been professor of World Literature and Fiction Writing at the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico...

    , South African novelist
  • Susan Bies
    Susan Bies
    Susan Schmidt Bies was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.-Education and family:Bies was born in Buffalo, New York, and received a B.S. in education from the Buffalo State College in 1967 and an M.A. and a Ph.D. , both in economics, from Northwestern University...

    , Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
  • Andrew A. Michta
    Andrew A. Michta
    Andrew Alexander Michta: is a political scientist, author of books and articles on U.S. and European security, NATO, transatlantic relations, civil-military relations and democratization. He received his Ph.D. at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is...

    , M.W. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies
  • Marcus Pohlmann
    Marcus Pohlmann
    Marcus Dale Pohlmann, ph.D, is an American political scientist, author, and professor. His research focuses primarily on American government and politics, specifically, African-American politics, urban politics, and political economy. He is a long-time professor of political science at Rhodes...

    , Political Scientist, founder and coach of the mock trial team.
  • William E. Troutt
    William E. Troutt
    William E. "Bill" Troutt has served as the 19th president of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee since 1999. From 1982 to 1999, he served as the President of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.-Biography:...

    , President, former Chair of the American Council on Education
    American Council on Education
    The American Council on Education is a United States organization, established in 1918, comprising over 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations....

     and the National Commission on the Cost of Education and member of the Lincoln Commission on Study Abroad.
  • Robert Penn Warren
    Robert Penn Warren
    Robert Penn Warren was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He founded the influential literary journal The Southern Review with Cleanth Brooks in 1935...

    , the Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

     winning author of All The King's Men
    All the King's Men
    All the King's Men is a novel by Robert Penn Warren first published in 1946. Its title is drawn from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. In 1947 Warren won the Pulitzer Prize for All the King's Men....

    , began his teaching career at Rhodes in 1930.
  • Dave Wottle
    Dave Wottle
    David James Wottle is a former American athlete. He is the winner of the 800 meter run at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is perhaps, however, best known for wearing a golf cap while running....

    , Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Emeritus, 1972 Olympic
    1972 Summer Olympics
    The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, 1972....

     gold-medal winner.


  • David Alexander
    David Alexander (college president)
    John David Alexander was an American academic who served as president of Pomona College during a period of time where he led a major expansion of the school, and served as US National Secretary for the Rhodes Trust, overseeing the selection process for recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship from the...

     '53, President of Rhodes College and Pomona College
    Pomona College
    Pomona College is a private, residential, liberal arts college in Claremont, California. Founded in 1887 in Pomona, California by a group of Congregationalists, the college moved to Claremont in 1889 to the site of a hotel, retaining its name. The school enrolls 1,548 students.The founding member...

  • Lindley Darden
    Lindley Darden
    Lindley Darden is a contemporary philosopher of science, with a research focus on the philosophy of biology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1974 and B.A. in 1968 from Rhodes College, and is currently Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of...

    , '68 - Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland
    University of Maryland
    When the term "University of Maryland" is used without any qualification, it generally refers to the University of Maryland, College Park.University of Maryland may refer to the following:...

  • James C. Dobbins
    James C. Dobbins
    James Carter Dobbins is an American academic, Japanologist and professor of religion and East Asian studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.- Early life:...

    , '71 - James H. Fairchild Professor of Religion, Oberlin College
    Oberlin College
    Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, noteworthy for having been the first American institution of higher learning to regularly admit female and black students. Connected to the college is the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the oldest continuously operating...

  • C. Lee Giles
    Lee Giles
    C. Lee Giles is the David Reese Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, and Director of the Intelligent Systems Research...

    , '68 - David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Pennsylvania State University
    Pennsylvania State University
    The Pennsylvania State University, commonly referred to as Penn State or PSU, is a public research university with campuses and facilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service...

  • Harry L. Swinney, '61 - Director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin
    University of Texas at Austin
    The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university located in Austin, Texas, USA, and is the flagship institution of the The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is located approximately from the Texas State Capitol in Austin...

  • Mark D. West
    Mark D. West
    Mark D. West is a U.S. legal scholar and Nippon Life Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is widely published on the subject of Japanese law and the Japanese legal system, and is regarded as a leading American authority in these areas...

    , '89 - University of Michigan Law School
    University of Michigan Law School
    The University of Michigan Law School is the law school of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Founded in 1859, the school has an enrollment of about 1,200 students, most of whom are seeking Juris Doctor or Master of Laws degrees, although the school also offers a Doctor of Juridical...

     Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nippon Life Professor of Law.


  • John H. Bryan
    John H. Bryan
    John Henry Bryan, Jr. is the former CEO of the Sara Lee Corporation.A graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, he is also affiliated with the French Legion of Honor, the World Economic Forum, and was a Member of the Board for Sara Lee,...

     '58 - former CEO of Sara Lee and member of the board of Goldman Sachs
    Goldman Sachs
    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is an American multinational bulge bracket investment banking and securities firm that engages in global investment banking, securities, investment management, and other financial services primarily with institutional clients...

Government and Military

  • Bill Alexander '57 - US Congressman from Arkansas (1969–1993), Chief Deputy Majority Whip
  • Theodore M. Brantley
    Theodore M. Brantley
    Theodore M. Brantley was the longest-serving Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, serving for 23 years ....

     ~1880 - longest-serving Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court
    Montana Supreme Court
    The Montana Supreme Court is the highest court of the Montana state court system in the U.S. state of Montana. It is established and its powers defined by Article VII of the 1972 Montana Constitution...

    , serving for 23 years (1899–1922)
  • Abe Fortas
    Abe Fortas
    Abraham Fortas was a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice from 1965 to 1969. Originally from Tennessee, Fortas became a law professor at Yale, and subsequently advised the Securities and Exchange Commission. He then worked at the Interior Department under Franklin D...

     '30 - U.S. Supreme Court justice (1965–1969) and unsuccessful nominee for Chief Justice of the United States
    Chief Justice of the United States
    The Chief Justice of the United States is the head of the United States federal court system and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Chief Justice is one of nine Supreme Court justices; the other eight are the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States...

    , authored the opinion in the 1969 case Tinker v. Des Moines School District
  • Claudia Kennedy
    Claudia Kennedy
    Claudia Jean Kennedy is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army. She is the first female to reach the rank of three-star general in the U.S. Army. She retired in 2000 after 31 years of military service.-Early life:...

     '69 - first woman to hold a three-star rank in the U.S. Army, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame
    Military Intelligence Hall of Fame
    The Military Intelligence Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame established by the Military Intelligence Corps of the United States Army in 1988 to honor soldiers and civilians who have made exceptional contributions to Military Intelligence...

Literature and Arts

  • Anne Howard Bailey
    Anne Howard Bailey
    Anne Howard Bailey was an award-winning American writer known particularly for her work as a screenwriter and opera librettist....

     '45 - television writer
  • John Boswell '67 - author and publisher
  • Craig Brewer
    Craig Brewer
    Craig Brewer is an American film director and screenwriter. His 2005 movie Hustle & Flow won the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and achieved commercial success, along with an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp".- Life and career :Hustle & Flow...

     '91 - film director and screenwriter
  • Dixie Carter
    Dixie Carter
    Dixie Virginia Carter was an American film, television and stage actress, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women...

     '62 - Emmy-nominated actress
  • Carroll Cloar
    Carroll Cloar
    Carroll Cloar was a nationally known 20th century painter born in Earle, Arkansas, who focused his work on surreal views of Southern U.S...

     - Guggenheim Fellow and artist
  • John Farris
    John Farris
    John Lee Farris is an American writer, known largely for his work in the southern Gothic genre. He was born 1936 in Jefferson City, Missouri, to parents John Linder Farris and Eleanor Carter Farris . Raised in Tennessee, he graduated from Central High School in Memphis and attended Southwestern...

     '58 - prolific writer of popular fiction and suspense novels, and stage and screen plays
  • Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children...

     '73 - Best-selling mystery writer
  • George Hearn
    George Hearn
    George Hearn is an American actor and singer, primarily in Broadway musical theatre.-Early years:Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Hearn studied philosophy at Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College before he embarked on a career in the theater, training for the stage with actress turned acting...

     '56 - two time Tony Award winning actor and singer
  • Sarah Lacy
    Sarah Lacy
    Sarah Ruth Lacy is an American technology journalist and author.She co-hosts web video show Yahoo! Tech Ticker and is a columnist at BusinessWeek...

     '99 - technology journalist
  • Hilton McConnico
    Hilton McConnico
    Joseph Hilton McConnico is a designer and artist who was born in Memphis, Tennessee but has lived and worked in Paris since 1965. After working in fashion for such designers as Ted Lapidus and Yves St...

     - film director
  • Allison Miller
    Allison Miller
    Allison Miller is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Michelle Benjamin on the NBC series Kings.-Early life:...

     - actress and singer
  • Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor
    Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor
    For other people named Peter Taylor, see Peter Taylor.Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor was a U.S. author and writer.-Biography:...

     '39 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Verner Moore White
    Verner Moore White
    Verner Moore White , born Thomas Verner Moore White but informally known as Verner White, was an American landscape and portrait painter...

    '1884 - Noted landscape and portrait artist

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