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Livingstone College

Livingstone College

Livingstone College is located in historic Salisbury, North Carolina, a town of approximately 30,000 within an hour's drive of two major metropolitan areas: Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad of Greensboro, Winston‑Salem and High Point.

Charlotte is the second largest financial center in the nation and the 10th fastest growing city in the United States. Livingstone College is easily accessible via Interstate 85.

Salisbury is home to the famed North Carolina soft drink, Cheerwine; grocery food store chain Food Lion; and the National Sportcasters and Sportswriters Association.

Livingstone College was founded in 1879 in Concord, N.C., by ministers from the A.M.E. Zion Church, who desired to foster self‑reliance among newly-freed slaves. Originally founded as Zion Wesley Institute, it became the first institution of its kind, founded and operated by African‑Americans for the purpose of educating descendants of freed slaves. 

After three brief sessions, the Institute ultimately closed in Concord. In 1881, Dr. Joseph Charles Price and Bishop J.W. Hood changed roles as delegates to the Ecumenical Conference and became fundraisers with the mission to re-establish Zion Wesley Institute. Price raised $10,000 in England to re-establish and secure the Institute.

The Rowan County town of Salisbury, just 20 miles northeast of Concord, gave the trustees a generous donation of $1,000 and an invitation to relocate the school to Salisbury. The trustees accepted both offers and the College reopened in the Delta Grove area of Salisbury in 1882 with Dr. Price as president.  It was the first college established in Salisbury. The new site consisted of one building and 40 acres.

The name was changed in 1887 to Livingstone College in honor of David Livingstone, a popular Christian missionary, philanthropist and explorer of Africa.

The college has an enrollment of approximately 1,200. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the following: Associate in Science degree in Culinary Arts, the Bachelor of Social Work degree, and 21 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in diverse areas of Business Administration, Education and Psychology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities.

It is the only historically black college in North Carolina that offers a combined culinary arts and hospitality management program.

For more than 140 years, the doors of Livingstone College have been open to men and women regardless of race, national or ethnic origin. However, the mission of Livingstone College has remained consistent – providing educational opportunity for young men and women regardless of their socio-economic status.

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Jobs at Livingstone College

  • Student Retention Center Director

  • Salisbury, NC
  •  Job Title:                  Student Retention Center DirectorDivision:                   Academic AffairsDepartment:             Success CenterReport

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  • Writing Center Director

  • Salisbury, NC
  •  Job Title:               Writing Center DirectorDivision:                Academic AffairsDepartment:           Success Center/Academic Support Servi

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  • Instructor / Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Salisbury, NC, US
  • Instructor / Assistant Professor of Theatre ArtsLiberal Arts and HumanitiesChair, Department of Music and Theatre ArtsThe Music and Theatre Arts Depa

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