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Miles College
Miles Memorial College
Latin: Sapientia et Pax et Amor Omnibus
Motto"Knowledge and Peace and Love for all"
TypePrivate, HBCU
Religious affiliationCME Church
PresidentGeorge French, Jr.
LocationFairfield, Alabama, United States
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Campus76 acres (310,000 m2)
Former namesMiles Memorial College
ColorsPurple and Gold
AthleticsNCAA Division II[1]
NicknameGolden Bears[1]
MascotThe Golden Bear
AffiliationsSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference[1]

Miles College is a historically black college founded in 1898. It is located in Fairfield, Alabama, six miles (10 km) west of Birmingham. It is a private liberal arts institution of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church). Miles College is also a member of the United Negro College Fund.


Miles College began organization efforts in 1893 and was founded in 1898 by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. It was chartered as Miles Memorial College, in honor of Bishop William H. Miles. In 1941 the name was changed to Miles College.

Academics and demographics

Miles is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (for the awarding of baccalaureate degrees), the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Council of Social Work Education. Miles College offers 25 bachelor degrees in the following divisions: Business and Accounting, Communications, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Also Miles College is one of 16 schools in the Nation with a Center of Academic Excellence under the office of the Director of National Intelligence.


The current president of Miles College is George French, Jr., a graduate of University of Louisville and Miles Law School.


The college sits on 51 acres (210,000 m2) where there are over 16 facilities. Recently, Miles College purchased the Lloyd Noland Hospital site which will increase the size of the campus to 76 acres (310,000 m2). Part of the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Sloan Field is named after the college's 13th president, Albert J. H. Sloan II.

Student activities

Organizations for students include the Student Government Association, Honors Curriculum, academic clubs, religious organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, general interest clubs, a gospel choir, and a concert choir.

Radio Station

The school operates a radio station WMWI-FM 88.7. It was established in 2009 and is licensed to Demopolis, Alabama.[3]

Marching band

The Miles College band is known as the Purple Marching Machine (PMM). The Purple Marching Machine was established in 1996, under the direction of Prof. Arthur Means Jr. There are more than 100 members in the band.


The Miles College athletics program currently competes in the NCAA Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The Miles football team won the 2011 SIAC championship under coach Reginald Ruffin. The program has men's and women's sports that include: basketball, football, volleyball, track, baseball, softball and cross country. Their mascot is the Golden Bears.[1]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
U. W. Clemon First African-American federal judge in the State of Alabama
Richard Arrington Jr. First African-American Mayor of the City of Birmingham
Thales McReynolds Former NBA player [4]
Bennett M. Stewart Former Democratic U.S. Representative from Illinois.
Paul A.G. Stewart The 50th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Vice Chairperson of Board of Trustees Miles College
Cleopatra Tucker Politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2008

See also

  • List of historically black colleges of the United States


Additional reading

External links

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