Gardner-Webb University History

The institution first opened its doors to students in 1907 as a boarding high school operated and supported by the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run Baptist Associations. As a high school, junior college, senior college, and beginning in 1993 as a university, the school has sought to provide quality education in a Christian environment.

A brief chronological history of Gardner-Webb leads to an understanding of the University as it is today and to an appreciation for all that has contributed to its growth and development.

1905Founded as Boiling Springs High School by the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run Baptist Associations.
1907Opened doors to students as Boiling Springs High School.
1928Became Boiling Springs Junior College.
1942Became Gardner-Webb Junior College; named for former Governor O. Max Gardner and the Webb family of Shelby.
1946Supported by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
1971Became a four year school.
1977Established programs for hearing and visually impaired.
1978Began night school program for adults, Degree Completion Program (formerly GOAL)
1980Began the Graduate Program.
1992Approved the School of Divinity.
1993Became a University (Newly formed Master of Business Administration Program begins)
1995Established School of Education, featuring national accreditation status for teacher program.
2001Began offering its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Ministry.
2005Celebrated Centennial.

The Mission of Gardner Webb University

Gardner-Webb University, a private, Christian, Baptist-related university, provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts while offering opportunities to prepare for various professions. Fostering meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge within a diverse community of learning, Gardner-Webb is dedicated to higher education that integrates scholarship with Christian life. By embracing faith and intellectual freedom, balancing conviction with compassion, and inspiring a love of learning, service and leadership, Gardner-Webb prepares its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity in an ever- changing global community.

Mission of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies

The mission of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies is to provide opportunities for high quality advanced study to individuals holding bachelor’s or advanced degrees from regionally accredited institutions, within a context that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, balances conviction with compassion, and inspires in students love of learning, service, and leadership. The curricula–which for the most part are designed to meet the needs of full-time professionals working in their fields–emphasize independent, critical thinking, effective communication, and the importance of the scholar and professional as theorist and practitioner.