This History of New College Franklin

In 2006, Greg Wilbur, George Grant, and Matt Vest met together to chart a way forward in founding a liberal arts college with a firm Christian foundation. These founders worked over the next two years to establish what became known as New College Franklin.

New College Franklin was incorporated with the State of Tennessee in November of 2008 and received authorization as a college by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission on St. George’s Day, April 23, 2009. The college officially welcomed its inaugural class of twelve students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree at the opening convocation, August 14, 2009.

Since that time, we have been honored to welcome students from all over the US and Canada and see them grow academically and spiritually as we walk together through college life.

Mr. Vest and Dr. Grant have since left the college, Mr. Vest to pursue doctoral education and Dr. Grant to concentrate on pastoral ministry, and the college continues to flourish under the leadership of the board of trustees that has strengthened the vision, planned for the future, and cares for our students and families.