In 1996, William “Quinnipac” Quinnipackis opened his first small school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He was raised Baptist and attended a Baptist college, but left after graduating and started his own school.
After serving as a district school board member for 10 years, he went on to open his own small school, Southern Methodism, which was founded in 1965.
That’s how the school’s namesake got its first name, quinnips University of Memphis.
When it opened in 1973, Southern Methodist University was the only other school in the US with its own name, according to the Southern Baptist Convention.
The university was founded as a Christian boarding school, but it also had an international reputation.
It was the seat of the U.S. Supreme Court for more than a century.
In 1959, the court ruled that segregation in the segregated state of Mississippi could not continue.
It was not until the mid-1970s that the school was officially renamed to the name it bears today.
In 1990, Southern Baptist University (SBCU) renamed its headquarters after Dr. Robert F. Johnson, who served as the president of SBCU from 1955 to 1965.
Johnson became a champion of the civil rights movement.
He died in 1996.
Southern Methodist University’s name is a portmanteau of “southern” and “Methodism,” according to its website.
Its motto is “God and Country.”
The school also has a website with information about the school.
SBCUS is the only Southern Baptist university in the country that is not affiliated with the Southern Methodist Episcopal Church.
The denomination’s board of trustees includes seven African-American pastors, including pastor Kenneth Johnson, the only black person to serve as the chair of the denomination’s executive board.
A few years ago, the SBCUS board of governors met in Nashville to discuss the school name, which they named after Johnson’s late father.
They also discussed the school being known as Southern Methodist University.
“The fact that we have Southern Methodist, not Southern Baptist, does make it more meaningful to us,” SBCS President and CEO Scott Lively said.
Lively added that the name reflects “the historical and theological and intellectual heritage of the university” and that the Southern Methodists “are one of the most influential Christian denominations in America today.”