Piedmont College

Piedmont College
Piedmont College
Motto Two campuses. One tradition of excellence.
Established September 1, 1897[1]
Type Private College
Religious affiliation National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and United Church of Christ
Endowment $50,198,112 [2]
President Dr. Danny Hollingsworth [3]
Academic staff 175[4]
Students 2,640 [5]
Undergraduates 1,056 [6]
Postgraduates 1,227 [6]
Location Demorest & Athens, Georgia, USA
34°33′58″N 83°32′31″W / 34.566°N 83.542°W / 34.566; -83.542Coordinates: 34°33′58″N 83°32′31″W / 34.566°N 83.542°W / 34.566; -83.542
Campus Rural 300 acres (121.4 ha) [2]
Former names J.S. Green Collegiate Institute (1897-1899), J.S. Green College (1899-1902)
Tuition $23,988 [7]
Colors Dark Green and Gold [8]          
Athletics NCAA Division III; Great South Athletic Conference.[9] http://www.piedmontlions.com
Nickname Lions
Mascot Lion,
Website http://www.piedmont.edu

Piedmont College is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1897 to serve residents of the Appalachian area of northeast Georgia, USA. When the college was first founded, it was established as the J.S. Green Collegiate Institute named after a local banker. In 1899, the name was shortened to the J.S. Green College. By 1902, the college was formally renamed Piedmont College.[10]

Today, with campuses located in Demorest and Athens, the college provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs for about 2,000 students from across Georgia and around the world. While many students come from across the world, 10% of Piedmont's students come from the Habersham County area [11] through Piedmont's Neighborhood Grant Program.

Piedmont maintains religious affiliation with two bodies: the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ.[12] Congregationalists took over the school from the Methodists in the early 20th century.[13]



Piedmont's campus from the quad.

The student/faculty ratio is 14 to 1 and most professors hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field. Piedmont is known for the individual attention and one-on-one instruction provided by professors whose first commitment is to your education. Piedmont is accredited by the following boards: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS);[14] National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Piedmont currently offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and graduate programs in education and business. Beginning in fall 2009, Piedmont started a education doctorate (Ed.D) within the School of Education.[15]


Piedmont College offers four schools for education, including the School of Arts and Sciences, the Walker School of Business, School of Education and the Daniel School of Nursing.[16]

School of Arts and Sciences

Students can take courses in 10 departments that comprise the School of Arts and Sciences. These departments include: Fine Arts, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mass Communications, Math/Physics, Music, Philosophy/Religion, Science, Social Science and Theatre. Through these departments, students can earn the following degrees, B.F.A, B.A., B.S., Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A., and a M.F.A

Walker School of Business

The Walker School of Business received national accreditation in November 2007 from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the undergraduate and graduate business programs at both Piedmont’s Demorest and Athens Campuses.[17] Through the School of Business, students can earn a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration or a M.B.A.

School of Education

The school of education offers Bachelors degree programs in many fields of education. Some of the fields that Piedmont offers degrees to are: Early Childhood Education and Middle Grades Education. Students can also get a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree with concentrations like Secondary Education, Special Education General Curriculum, Art Education and Music Education. The school of education also offers an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning.[18][19]

Students from Piedmont College's Nursing Department participate in an annual disaster drill to test their skills.

Daniel School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers the B.S.N. degree for students preparing for initial licensure and for Registered Nurses with either an Associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing who wish to complete the B.S.N. The program will prepare students in both the art and the science of nursing. Students can begin the nursing program at Piedmont during the summer after completion of their sophomore year.[20] Students begin with research-based lecture and lab classes and then move to practicals where they spend time in local hospitals and medical centers. Every spring semester, the nursing department conducts a disaster drill where the senior nursing majors have to diagnose a large group of patients. Past themes for the drill have including a boiler explosion,[21] a car accident at an outdoor concert[20] and a small plane crash.[22]


Piedmont has two campuses, the original one in Demorest and the newer expansion in Athens. Piedmont's Demorest campus is located on roughly 300 acres (121.4 ha) in Habersham County. The Athens campus is located on Prince Avenue near downtown Athens, on the site of the original Prince Avenue Baptist Church.


Stewart Hall is where the majority of science courses and labs are held.

The Demorest campus is the main campus of Piedmont, and is primarily a residence campus. There are 8 dormitories, including Geman-Babcock Hall,[23] Purcell Hall, Wallace Hall, Swanson Hall, Johnson Hall, Mayflower Hall, the recently completed New Bedord Hall and Plymouth Hall which is scheduled to be completed by August 2010. There are many academic buildings strewn across campus including Daniel Hall which houses the R.H. Daniel School of Nursing, the humanities department, and the administration. There is also Stewart Hall, which houses the science and math departments. The School of Education resides on the bottom floor of the Arrendale Library and makes use of classes in the Martens Botanical Center. The Walker School of Business is located in Camp Hall, which is next to the president's residence. The music department is located in the Center for Worship and Music, which is commonly known as the Chapel. Currently the art department is located in two buildings, the Art Annex and the Art Gallery. The Art Gallery features both work created by Piedmont Students as well as artists from the community and nation. The mass communications and theater departments are located in the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communication, a $14-million building[24] located next to the Arrendale Amphitheater, a 500-seat outdoor venue.[25] WPPR, the local Georgia Public Broadcasting radio station is housed in the Swanson Center next to the student run radio station.

In addition to the academic buildings and dormitories, there are currently three fields on the campus: the Loudermilk Field for baseball, the softball field and the soccer/lacrosse field. Piedmont has a multipurpose gymnasium located in the Johnny Mize Athletic Center, which was named for famous baseball player Johnny Mize. In addition to the gym, which hosts basketball and volleyball, the Mize Center has a museum dedicated to the baseball legend and a fitness center.

The new pedestrian footbridge has a ramp on one side and an elevator and stairs on the other.

There are also a few general purpose buildings. The Lane Student Center, which faces the quad, is the remodeled old gym. There is also the Neilson Dining Hall where the cafeteria is located.[26] Piedmont also operates a restaurant called the Grill on Georgia Street. There is also the President's House, the Admissions building and the pedestrian bridge which crosses Historic U.S. 441.[27] The new bridge was assembled off-site and lowered into place by crane.[28] The bridge was modeled after the Vanderbilt University 21st Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. The installation of the bridge was a joint project of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Piedmont College and the city of Demorest.

Much of Piedmont's Demorest property is now wetlands. The wetlands area was once the site of Lake Demorest from 1890-2008.[29] The Lake was drained do to an irreparable dam, and the property was turned into a wetlands for students and faculty to use in their studies.


The Athens campus is the newer of the two campuses and is split between two locations less than a block away from each other.[30] The original piece of the Athens campus is Lane Hall which is located on North Milledge Ave.[31] Lane Hall houses the Piedmont Athens library, graphic design labs and a few classrooms.

The other portion of campus is the former property of Prince Avenue Baptist church and is located on Prince Avenue.[32] There are 5 main buildings, on this section of campus. Ellard Hall houses the administration and admissions department for the campus. The main building on campus is divided into two wings, east and west, and contains classrooms and faculty offices and also has an area referred to as the meeting house. The bookstore has a separate building, as does the recreation complex which houses the campus safety department. The last building is Rogers Hall and houses more offices.

Mission statement

Piedmont College educates students to become successful and responsible citizens through rigorous academic instruction in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. Learning opportunities are provided through undergraduate and graduate programs offered at various locations. The institution emphasizes high ethical standards and respect for diversity.

—Piedmont College's Mission Statement[33]


Lane Student Center

At Piedmont, there are three main student publications: the magazine, the yearbook and the newspaper.[34]


The first publication for the college was The Mountain Lantern, which was named for a common firefly in the surrounding area. The Lantern started out as a monthly magazine in 1912. In 1913, The Lantern became the college's yearbook. There would not be a magazine again until spring semester of 2006, when a mass communications major published PC Magazine as her senior capstone project. In fall of 2007, the magazine was renamed Pause, and now comes out twice each semester; two print and two online. "Pause" is no longer in production, however.


The Mountain Lantern lasted for only a short period until 1915. A yearbook was again issued in 1920, and the name was changed to the Yonahian. The odd-sounding name was derived from nearby Mount Yonah. Since 1920, the Yonahian has been published every year and provides a general record of students and faculty over the years.


The first newspaper of Piedmont was The Hustler, which lasted from 1908 to 1909. There was no newspaper until 1917, when a bi-weekly newspaper named The Padded Hammer appeared in September. Later in 1917, after a vote on the name of the paper, it was changed to The Piedmont Owl. The name "Piedmont Owl" was chosen as a reference to the concept of wisdom. This name became the name of Piedmont's athletic teams as well, until 1921, when the Student Association adopted the name Mountain Lions, later shortened to Lions.[35]

The Piedmont Owl lasted for 67 years until the name was changed to match Piedmont's newer mascot. The paper became The Lion's Roar for 21 years until 2005, when it was changed to The Navigator. The name is a reference to the Mayflower ship of the Pilgrims, honoring Piedmont's relationship to American Congregationalism.

History of Piedmont College

Piedmont has a history of more than 111 years of providing education to people from across the world. There have been eleven different presidents of the college who have each helped Piedmont get to where it is now.

Notable people


Professors & staff


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