On July 23, 1946, the Georgia Baptist Convention founded Truett-McConnell College, and the school opened it doors with 55 students in temporary quarters on the town square of Cleveland, Georgia, in September 1947.
Initially accredited in 1966 to confer two-year degrees, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the college to offer four-year degrees in 2002. In December 2013, SACS approved Truett-McConnell to offer a Master of Arts in Theology degree.
From its humble beginnings in what is now a hardware store, the school stands today on more than 200 acres in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia.
Because of the school's distance from Southern Baptist seminaries, Truett-McConnell's original intent included training men for pastoral ministry. And although the same it still true, the liberal arts college offers more than 40 programs of study, thus equipping graduates for religious and marketplace career paths that include pastoral ministry, missions, Christian studies, music, nursing, education, business, history, humanities, psychology and more.
The college's enrollment history reveals growth spurts and declines. However, in 2008, trustees called Dr. Emir Caner as president. Since his arrival, the enrollment of about 450 has rocketed consistently upward in double-digit percentage growth. At the time of this writing (spring 2014), enrollment is 1,600, representing a near quadrupling of the student body in six years.
Under Dr. Caner's leadership, the college's growth of curricular offerings, programs of study, faculty, and facilities' expansion reflect the remarkable upswing in enrollment.
In the fall of 2011, the college completed a renovation that doubled the dining hall's size, added classroom and office space to Miller Hall, and completed a new residence hall that will house almost 200 students.
Significant to the college's multi-faceted growth and expansion is the vision President Caner brought with him in 2008. This vision included a required, 16-hour Great Commission Minor for all students, and the commitment for every graduate to "love the Lord, love His Word, love His Church, and love the lost."
Members of the college's governing board of trustees say that Dr. Caner's vision and the grace of God have brought the school thus far; and they, along with Georgia Baptists anticipate the Lord's blessings to continue with Dr. Caner at the helm of Truett-McConnell College.