|Latin: Sapientia et Pax et Amor Omnibus|
|Miles Memorial College|
|Motto||"Knowledge and Peace and Love for all."|
|Type||Private historically black college|
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
|Campus||76 acres (310,000 m2)|
|Colors||Purple & gold|
|NCAA Division II|
|Mascot||The Golden Bear|
Miles Memorial College Historic District
|Area||76 acres (31 ha)|
|Architect||Tisdale, Stone & Patton; Gilreath Construction|
|Architectural style||Bungalow/Craftsman, Beaux Arts|
|NRHP reference No.||93001031|
|Added to NRHP||January 3, 1994|
Miles College is a private historically black college in Fairfield, Alabama. Founded in 1898, it is associated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church) and 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.
In January 2020, Charles Barkley, who is an Alabama native, donated $1 million to Miles College, under first female President Dr. Bobbie Knight. Barkley's gift is the biggest donation from a single person that the school has ever received. Dr. Knight said the donation will kickstart efforts to raise $100 million.
Miles is 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's degrees in the following divisions: Business and Accounting, Communications, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Miles College is one of 41 schools in the nation with a Center of Academic Excellence under the office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Miles offers 28 Bachelor's degree programs in six academic divisions to an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students and also offers an honors program for undergraduate students with exceptional academic records.
Miles College purchased the Lloyd Noland Hospital site, which more than doubled the size of the campus. The college completed the construction of a new student activity and dining center, a new welcome and admissions center, and a new 204 bed residence hall. Part of the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sloan Alumni Stadium, named after the college's 13th president, Albert J. H. Sloan II, was recently expanded to include a $1 million Environ-Turf field.
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.
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 nearly 200 members in the band now and it is under the direction of Willie Snipes Jr. The band has performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, numerous battle of the bands, and for the Atlanta Falcons. The College most recently made history in 2019 when Hosheria WF Young was appointed the First Female Drum Major in the history of the HBCU. The marching band is accompanied by the Golden Stars danceline and Steaming Flags color guard.
The Miles College athletics program competes in the NCAA Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The program has men's and women's sports that include: basketball, football, volleyball, track, baseball, softball, cross country, and golf. Their mascot is the Golden Bears.
L. L. Wilson, –1904; R. S. Williams, –1907; James Bray, 1907–1912; William A. Bell, 1912–1913; John Wesley Gilbert, 1913–1914; George A. Payne, 1914–1918; Robert T. Brown, 1918–1922; George L. Word, 1922–1926; Mack Burley, 1926–1931; Brooks Dickens, 1931–1936; William A. Bell, 1936–1961; Lucius Pitts, 1961–1971; W. Clyde Williams, 1971–1986; Leroy Johnson, 1986–1989; Albert Sloan, 1989–2005; George French Jr, 2006–August 31, 2019; Bobbie Knight (interim), September 1, 2019 – March 5, 2020; Bobbie Knight, March 5, 2020–
- Richard Arrington Jr. - First African-American Mayor of the City of Birmingham
- U. W. Clemon - First African-American federal judge in the State of Alabama
- Autherine Lucy - First African-American to attend the University of Alabama
- Fred Horn - Politician, former member of the Alabama House of Representatives
- Vince Hill - American football player
- Juandalynn Givan - Politician, member of the Alabama House of Representatives
- Thales McReynolds - Former NBA player
- 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
Notable faculty and staff
- John U. Monro - former dean of Harvard College and director of freshman studies at the college
- Sam Shade - professional football player and college football coach
- Steven Whitman - public health researcher
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- Miles College Centennial History Committee (2005). Miles College: The First Hundred Years. ISBN 9780738517933.