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Elaine Johnson Copeland, Ph.D

About Clinton

From its founding in 1894, Clinton Junior College (CJC) has sought to "design and implement an educational program that will help all students lead moral, spiritual and productive lives." Since we believe that those goals are best achieved by persons whose education is holistic and inquiry based in nature, Clinton Junior College has consistently maintained a liberal arts agenda as its primary focus.
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Mission Statement
Clinton Junior College is a historically black, private two year institution with a strong Liberal Arts tradition. The College was founded in 1894 by The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to meet the needs of descendents of slaves who did not have access to higher education. Today, the doors of the institution are open to all, those who have achieved academically and to those who have yet to reach their full potential. In keeping with its rich tradition, the College continues to provide a learning milieu for students to promote academic achievement and positive moral and spiritual development. This environment fosters leadership qualities and encourages students to be good citizens who can contribute to a global society.
Our History
Clinton Junior College was one of many schools established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during Reconstruction to help eradicate illiteracy among freedmen. The oldest institution of higher education in Rock Hill, South Carolina, it has operated continuously for 115 years. In 1894, Presiding Elder Nero A. Crockett and Rev. W.M. Robinson founded Clinton Institute and named it for Bishop Caleb Isom Clinton, the Palmetto Conference presiding bishop at the time. Incorporated as Clinton Normal and Industrial Institute on June 22, 1909, the school was authorized to grant state teacher certificates. By the late 1940’s, the college attracted 225 students per year and owned approximately 19 acres, several buildings, and equipment valued at several million dollars. Under Dr. Sallie V. Moreland, who retired in 1994 after 49 years of stellar service, the school charter was amended to create Clinton Junior College. When Dr. Cynthia L. McCullough Russell assumed leadership, the school prepared for accreditation, attained during the tenure of Dr. Elaine Johnson Copeland.
Isom Caleb Clinton
W.M. Robinson
N.L. Crockett

In keeping with its rich 115 year tradition, Clinton Junior College offers an academic environment that not only promotes intellectual growth, but also fosters positive moral, ethical, and spiritual values. It has a proud heritage as a Christian college, striving to prepare men and women to be lifelong learners, active participating citizens, and good stewards of society.

Accreditation Statement

Clinton Junior College is accredited with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), P.O. Box 328, Forest, Virginia, 24551, Phone (434) 525-9539, Fax (434) 525-9538, and Website Clinton Junior College is authorized by TRACS to offer appropriate certificates and associate degrees.

The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) is recognized by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) , as a national accrediting body for Christian institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. TRACS is a voluntary, non-profit, self-governing organization that provides accreditation to Christian postsecondary institutions offering certificates, diplomas, and/or degrees through the doctorate. The geographic territory of TRACS currently consists of the United States and its territories".


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1029 Crawford Road
Rock Hill , SC 29730
Phone: (803) 327-7402
Fax: (803) 327 3261
Toll free: 1-(877) 837-9645
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1029 Crawford Road
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