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Dr. Lloyd Ellis Batson, Trustee Emeritus at Furman University, and a 1947 graduate of Furman. Dr. Batson is also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Furman in 1987. He served as the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and chair of the Furman Board of Trustees. In this 2004 oral history, Dr. Batson discusses his time as a Furman student, knowing John Johns as a student, his favorite professor Dr. Glipatrick, the old campus downtown, as well as his interactions with President John Plyler. He speaks of his service as a trustee from 1963 to 1993, highlighting the hiring of President Gordon Blackwell, the desegregation of Furman, working with President John Johns, and Joe Roberts. Dr. Batson gives details about Furman's history and relationship with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He discusses the separation from the Convention, and he concludes the interview discussing Furman's religious identity and his hopes for Furman's future.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

Publication Date


City and State

Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; College trustees; Alumni and alumnae


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Lloyd Batson Oral History



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