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II.A.1. History and Charter

Birmingham-Southern College, hereinafter referred to as "the College," was created in 1918 by

the merger of Southern University (founded in 1856 in Greensboro, Alabama) with Birmingham

College (founded in 1898 in Birmingham, Alabama). The 1918 charter superseded the charters

of the two parent institutions, but remained substantively the same. Ownership of the College is

vested in the Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the Alabama-West Florida and the North

Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

The Board of Trustees approved in 1973, amended in 1974, and updated in May 1998, October


and October 2003,

a set of


to aid in the governance of the College. Also in 1974,

the Board of Trustees and the United Methodist Church's North Alabama and Alabama-West

Florida Annual Conferences approved a new Certificate of Incorporation under the terms of the

Non-Profit Corporation Act of the State of Alabama. For purposes of law, the governance of the

College is, therefore, by a corporation. The new charter, or Certificate, carries forward all

privileges and immunities granted in earlier documents and incorporates them into one


II.A.2. Accreditation/Memberships

The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on

Colleges (SACSCOC) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number

404-679-4500) to award Bachelor’s degrees and by the University Senate of the United

Methodist Church. Its music degrees and programs are accredited by the National Association of

Schools of Music; its programs in teacher education are accredited by the National Council for

Accreditation of Teacher Education (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and

approved by the Alabama State Department of Education; its chemistry program is approved by

the American Chemical Society. The College holds membership in the American Association of

Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education, the Annapolis Group, the

Association of Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of American

Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the

Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Council for Higher Education

Accreditation, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the

Fulbright Association, the General Board for Higher Education and Ministries, the International

Association of Methodist Related Schools, Colleges and Universities, the National Association

of College and University Business Officers, the National Association of Independent Colleges

and Universities, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist

Church, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.. The College is a member of the

following consortia: the Associated Colleges of the South and the Birmingham Area Consortium

for Higher Education. It is a sheltering institution for Alabama Beta of Phi Beta Kappa.