On The Road to Recovery

Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr., president of American Baptist College is recovering from surgery.

“We are praying for President Harris’s return to good health and want him to rest during his time of respite,” said Dennie Marshall, Chair of the American Baptist College Board of Trustees.
In concert with the President’s plan, all operations of the College will continue under its respective Vice Presidents. “Executive Vice President, Richard Jackson, will coordinate the daily operations,” Marshall added.

For questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Mary Carpenter, director of the Office of the President at or call 615-687-6925.

🚨 Campus Update 🚨

The American Baptist College campus will reopen on Tuesday, March 1!

American Baptist College will end its most recent COVID-related “Work at Home” mode of operation at the end of the work day on Monday, February 28, 2022 and resume its normal on-campus operations on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. All full-time employees (including academic personnel) are to report for work on-campus on March 1, 2022, unless an alternative on-campus work schedule has been approved in writing by the Vice President to whom they report.

The on-campus schedules of part-time employees, on-site consultants and contracted service workers will be governed by the institutional agreement(s) pertaining to their work. As previously directed, all ABC employees, on-site consultants and contracted service workers are required to submit written verification of full vaccination (including at least one booster) for the COVID-19 virus, if you have not already done so.

Requests for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement must be submitted to the Executive Vice President,

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We Welcome Dr. Sophia Woodard

Dr. Sophia Woodard has joined American Baptist College as Faculty Chair & Associate Professor, General Studies, Institutional Effectiveness Lead in Academic Affairs.

Dr. Woodard earned her doctorate degree from Colorado State University, with a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies, and a master’s degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Grambling State University.  She is currently working on a master’s degree in divinity at Vanderbilt University.

In her dual role at ABC, she guides the development and liberal arts expansion of the General Studies program in alignment with the mission and teaching philosophy of the College. Additionally, she works with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to interpret, organize, and report achievement metrics, resource requirements, and budget analyses associated with academic affairs, and assists the Vice President of Institutional Strategy in coordinating the Institutional Improvement Plan component for the Self-Study for the College.

Dr. Woodard has held a variety of positions at several institutions, including Barber-Scotia College, Albany State University, Central Texas College, and Livingstone College. Dr. Woodard has roles with both Vice President Dickerson (Academics) and Vice President Hildreth (Strategy), who jointly state, “We are pleased to have Dr. Woodard join us here at American Baptist College to do the work needed for the continued growth of the institution.”

Airport Merchandise

When you are traveling through the Nashville International Airport, make sure you stop and purchase your American Baptist College merchandise at the Tennessee Tribune Store on Concourse C/D. It will ease your travels in a most pleasant way.

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February is HBCU Walking Billboard Month!


Wear your American Baptist College gear on Friday, February 25, to help promote awareness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through this annual social media campaign.

Here's how it works:

1. TOMORROW February 25th, 2022, put on your HBCU gear and post a picture or video to your socials.

2. Tag @hbcuwalkingbillboard.

3. Use the hashtag #hbcuwalkingbillboard.

4. On Monday, February 28th, post an HBCU picture and share your HBCU story.

Black History Month Virtual Campus Mixer

On behalf of the Student Government Association "Ad Hoc" Team, you are invited to another student-led mixer Saturday, February 26, 20222, at 7 p.m. Central time.

The last Welcome Day mixer was such a success that the team will plan a virtual mixer every month. The gathering will be a time of fun, playing, relaxing, and hanging out in the virtual world. The "Ad Hoc" Team would like everyone to show up — students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 
In honor of Black History Month, they are asking all attendees to wear something that reflects the African/Black Culture!

Meeting ID: 987 138 3607

Join via Zoom

64th Annual Garnett Nabrit Lecture Series

Plan to attend the VIRTUAL 64th Annual Garnett-Nabrit Lectures, beginning Sunday, March 20, through Tuesday, March 22. There will be no admission charge. Register today! 
Register Now!

Help Stop the Spread of Covid-19

Reminder — American Baptist College will remain in “work at home” and remote/virtual learning modes for the month of February 2022.

Also, let's do our part to stop the spread. Wear a properly fitted mask, wash your hands regularly, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 

For those who have not taken a vaccine/booster, visit to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

Additional Resources
February 24, 2022
School District 228 HBCU
College Fair
Hillcrest High School
Country Club Hills, IL

February 26, 2022
AKA HBCU College Fair
Gainesville High School
Gainesville, GA
March 5, 2022
Houston HBCU Alumni College Fair
Marriott South Hobby Hotel
Houston, TX
March 9, 2022
3rd Annual HBCU Day on the Hill

March 13, 2022
ABC Strong Day - Wisconsin
March 20-22, 2022
Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series

March 28 - April 2, 2022
Spring Break

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Tennessee Lookout - Artist McBride drew inspiration from John Lewis

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Globe News Wire - Cutting-Edge Technology Platform Encredibox Partners With American Baptist College to Safely Provide Career Coaching Essentials

News Channel 5 Nashville - Nashville honors Rep. John Lewis with downtown mural

The Tennessean - Nashville Historical Commission Secures Grant to Study City's Civil Rights Movement

Tennessee Tribune - American Baptist Enthusiastically Celebrates 97 Years

Main Street Nashville - Agewell Middle Tennessee announces 2021 Sage Award winners

Education Post - The System Failed Me

Main Street Nashville - John Lewis Way: The power of an idea, powered by community

American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 97 years. Established out of a desire to train African American preachers, it now is a full-fledged Historically Black College/University and offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Nestled on the “Holy” Hill in North Nashville, this College is a treasured institution in teaching, guiding and developing leaders of social change for the 21st century and beyond. Our work places a SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) on the world. 
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