University of Montevallo

The University of Montevallo is a public university in Montevallo, Alabama. Founded on October 12, 1896, the university is Alabama’s only public liberal arts college and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. The University of Montevallo Historic District was established in 1979 and included 16 buildings on campus. It was expanded in 1990 to include 75 buildings total.

The main part of the campus was designed by the Olmsted brothers and the central part is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The university opened in October 1896 as the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School (AGIS), a women-only technical school that also offered high school-level courses. AGIS became the Alabama Girls’ Technical Institute in 1911, further adding “and College for Women” in 1919. The school gradually developed as a traditional degree-granting institution, becoming Alabama College, State College for Women in 1923.

The school effectively became coeducational after lobbying by the school’s supporters resulted in the Alabama Legislature passing a bill on January 15, 1956, to remove the designation “State College for Women”. The first men entered the school that same month. Its student body still maintains a 7:5 ratio of women to men.

In 1965, the board of trustees authorized President D.P. Culp to sign the Certificates of Assurance of Compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[3] In the fall of 1968, three African American women, Carolyn Burpo, Ruby Kennbrew, and Dorothy (Lilly) Turner, enrolled in the university.[3] On September 1, 1969, Alabama College has renamed the University of Montevallo.

The main entrance to the campus of the University of Montevallo
The Alabama Girls’ Industrial School was listed on the National Register in 1978. In 1990, the University of Montevallo Historic District was listed on the National Register, as an expansion.

Montevallo is in the geographic center of Alabama in an area rich with Civil War history. Many of the buildings on campus predate the founding of the college, including King House (reserved for special guests of the campus) and Reynolds Hall (used by the Theater Department and alumni relations). King House was reportedly the first home in Alabama to receive pane glass windows. With nearly 3,000 students, the university has a significant economic impact on the surrounding communities in Shelby County.

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Dr. Heather Tinsley

Wills Hall Room 114
Phone: (205) 665-6461

Mrs. Lisa Brown

Instructional Technologist
Wills Hall Room 116
Phone: (205) 665-6370

Mrs. Audra White

Online Learning Instructional Designer
Wills Hall Room 117
Phone: (205) 665-6339

Mrs. Barbara Ann Lewis

Assistive Technology Specialist
Wills Hall Room 118
Phone: (205) 665-6144

Mrs. Cindy Gill

Administrative Assistant
Wills Hall Room 110
Phone: (205) 665-6380