Honored with their very own ornament in 2012, Bryan College is a Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tennessee, United States. It was founded in the aftermath of the 1925 Scopes Trial to establish an institution of higher education that would teach from a Christian worldview.
During the Scopes Trial in 1925, William Jennings Bryan expressed the wish that a school might be established in Dayton, “to teach truth from a Biblical perspective”. Following his death on July 26, 1925, a national memorial association was formed to establish such an institution in Bryan’s honor.
William Jennings Bryan University was chartered in 1930. Its stated purpose was to provide “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible,” and its mission statement is “Educating Students to become Servants of Christ to make a Difference in Today’s World.” In 1958, it was designated William Jennings Bryan College, and the name was shortened to Bryan College in 1993.