Message from the President

Welcome to the “New Clinton College.”

For 130 years Clinton College has been fulfilling a necessary mission of educating deserving, yet underserved students. Through a holistic, culturally competent curriculum and caring committed instructors our students have been able to achieve and excel in scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Founded by ministers and named in honor of Bishop Isom Caleb Clinton as a school for the descendants of formerly enslaved African Americans, the mission of the College has always been to provide a quality, affordable education for the neediest of students. The College has grown and expanded its focus, from a Junior College to a four-year liberal arts college. As we stand today, we are poised to become one of the most innovative small, private historically Black colleges in the nation. Building on the four pillars of Scholarship, Social Change, Spirituality and Service, Clinton College is prepared to educate, equip and empower the next generation of Golden Bears.

We remain committed to defining and strengthening the “Clinton Brand” as (1) A strong four-year Christian, historically Black liberal arts college; (2) a premier center for digital learning and technology; (3) a center for ethical and innovative leadership; and (4) a comprehensive Work College which provides career skills and workforce development to ensure the successful participation of students and graduates in the global economy.

As you peruse this website you will get a glimpse of a special institution. We are becoming the college of the future. We see ourselves as an anchor institution of the community, leading the way of a renaissance for the residents of Rock Hill, especially surrounding the campus. We are committed to providing a strong, liberal arts education – including humanities, arts and athletics – which prepares our students for gainful employment, civic leadership and well-rounded citizenship. The vision is to build a state-of-the-art campus to facilitate the new programs of the College and the community. Located 30 minutes south of Charlotte, North Carolina, the city of Rock Hill was recently awarded the designation as an “All-American City.”

Our motto has become “Excellence without Excuse.” This is our dedication to our students, our families and our campus community. Join us as we strive for excellence in every way!


Dr. Lester A. McCorn

13th President of Clinton College

President’s Bio