Stillman at a Glance

Stillman College, authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1875, held its first classes in 1876 and was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama in 1895. At that time, the name was changed from Tuscaloosa Institute to Stillman Institute. The Institute was a concept initiated by the Reverend Dr. Charles Allen Stillman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. The mandate for the Institution expanded over the years and it acquired its present campus tract of over 100 acres.


Stillman College is a liberal arts institution with a historical and formal affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is committed to fostering academic excellence, to providing opportunities for diverse populations, and to maintaining a strong tradition of preparing students for leadership and service by fostering experiential learning and community engagement designed to equip and empower Stillman’s students and its constituents.


Under girded with the principles of faith and ethical integrity inherent in a Christian education, Stillman College will confidently pursue the best in scholarly inquiry to produce graduates who will contribute to the 21st century knowledge economy. Through continuous assessment and improvement, Stillman will deliver on student success, establish new partnerships, and serve our community and as a result will be recognized as a leader in higher education.

Educational Outcomes

Stillman is committed to producing graduates who will:

  • Think carefully and logically about and express with clarity their observations,
    experiences, and findings concerning the world they live in via written and spoken
  • Exhibit competence in their disciplines, character in their work with others, and
    compassion toward all people consistent with an education in a Christian environment;
  • Qualify for admission to and success in graduate and professional schools or for entry
    into selected careers;
  • Manifest the ability to do independent research, demonstrate objective scholarship, and
    exhibit creative production/performance appropriate to their disciplines.


Christian Education for a Changing World

  • All Stillman College students take 12 hours (4 courses) of religious education fulfilling general education requirements
  • Stillman College leadership and staff are members of the clergy; the VP Academic Affairs and the VP Student Affairs are pastors of local churches
  • Thursdays are reserved for chapel and religious-themed guest speaker presentations
  • The Stillman Choir performs regularly at church services and concerts in the local community and throughout the nation
  • The Stillman College religious environment provides a safe and spiritual campus culture that is virtually free of crime and is a non-smoking campus
  • Stillman College works closely with the Tuscaloosa Ministerial Alliance, a city-wide multi-denominational organization of religious leaders
  • Stillman College partners with the University of Alabama and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to conduct the annual "Realizing the Dream" program on social justice, peace and equality since 1990

Accreditation and Consortium Membership

Our History

(1929 - 1947)

Stillman’s 1st President

Dr. A. L. Jackson was Stillman's first president starting in 1929-1947.  A junior and senior high school was organized and the Institute established

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(1948 - 1965)

Stillman’s 2nd President

The College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1953. Under Dr. Samuel B. Hay, seven new buildings were constructed:

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(1951 - 1952)

First Baccalaureate

The following year, Stillman expanded into a four-year college and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1951.

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(1967 - 1980)

Stillman’s 3rd President

Dr. Harold N. Stinson (1967-1980) was the first African American to assume the presidency.

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(1982 - 1997)

Stillman’s 4th President

Under the leadership of the College’s fourth president, Dr. Cordell Wynn (1982-1997), the appearance of the campus improved dramatically...

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Stillman’s 5th President

On July 1, 1997, Dr. Ernest McNealey was named the fifth president.

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(2014 - 2017)

Stillman’s 6th President

On July 1, 2014 the Board of Trustees named Dr. Peter Edmund Millet as the College's sixth president.

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Stillman’s 7th and first Female President

On April 24, 2017, the Board of Trustees named Dr. Cynthia Warrick as Stillman's 7th and first female President. Dr. Warrick brings valuable insight i

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