Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 40
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
The report of the Trustees of Polytechnic College shows a most healthful
condition of this our Conference College. There has been an increase of 28
per cent over last year in the attendance of College students. The appropri-
ation made by this Conference last year has enabled the College to place in
satisfactory condition its work in the Department of Education. This depart-
ment is fully recognized by the State Board of Education, which grants
permanent Certificates to teachers who take this course in Polytechnic.
Ownership.-On account of the unrest in Methodist circles concerning the
ownership and control of our educational institutions, we hereby declare that
after a careful investigation of charter and titles, that the Polytechnic Col-
lege is the property of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and under the
control of the patronizing Conference or Conferences. In order to show the
confidence of the Board of Trustees, in the church, at our last meeting we
passed the following:
Resolved, That it is the sense of this Board that Section 2, Article 4, of
the By-laws be changed at the next annual meeting so as to read as follows:
"All vacancies in the Board of Trustees shall be filled by the patronizing
Conference or Conferences on nomination of the Boards of Education of such
Relation to the Two Conferences.-The recent division of the Northwest
Texas Conference makes this College the property of the two Conferences,
and in order to adjust its control, at our last meeting the following resolu-
tions were read and adopted:
Whereas, The Polytechnic College was established by the Northwest Texas
Whereas, The Northwest Texas Conference has been divided into the Cen-
tral Texas and Northwest Texas Conferences; and
Whereas, The Polytechnic College has fallen into the bounds of the Central
Texas Conference; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Trustees of the Polytechnic College do hereby declare
that the Northwest Texas Conference has already equal ownership in the
Polytechnic College with the Central Texas Conference, and that we hereby
ask the Northwest Texas Conference to claim and accept formally such
ownership and equal control with the Central Texas Conference.
The entire faculty of the three schools consists of thirty-three professors,
teachers and instructors. The Church is to be congratulated upon the strong
faculty, the splendid equipment, the large student body and the excellent
work being done at this most prosperous institution. The Lord has most
graciously blessed the efforts put forth until now you have one of the best
equipped and most popular colleges in the entire Southwest. It is filled to
overflowing with happy, hard-working, earnest, loyal and enthusiastic stu-
A Distinctively Christian School.-The entire institution is distinctively
Christian. The faculty is composed of well-equipped and thoroughly qualified
Christian men and women. The atmosphere is not only intellectual, but
spiritual. A large majority of the students are active Christians. Forty
young preachers are in regular attendance. The citizens of the community
are now completing a beautiful church edifice with a seating capacity of
more than twelve hundred. The local membership now numbers more than
nine hundred. All departments of the church work are in active operation.
Such influences are very wholesome for your sons and daughters while they
are away from home seeking an education.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/40/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.