|Captain Charles Schreiner, circa 1923.|
Schreiner University was founded by Captain Charles Schreiner: Pioneer, Rancher, Banker, Merchant, and Philanthropist. On December 31, 1917, he placed in trust for the establishment of Schreiner Institute one hundred forty and one-fourth acres of land and two hundred fifty thousand dollars ‘‘to supply facilities for high-grade instruction to boys and young men as a preparation for college and university course work.'' The school was to be ‘‘owned, maintained, and controlled by the Synod of Texas of the Presbyterian Church of the United States.''
On December 27, 1921, trustees appointed by the Synod of Texas formally received the trust and took steps to erect the first unit of buildings—a classroom building, one dormitory and the president's home. Under the leadership of James J. Delaney, a faculty was organized, and the school opened its doors in September 1923.
For a decade, Schreiner offered boys and young men a preparatory department and the first two years of college. In 1932, coed residents of the immediate Kerrville vicinity were enrolled in the college department as day students. In 1971, women were enrolled as boarding students.
|Weir Hall during a campus snowball fight in 1933. The building remains a University landmark today...minus the snow!|
Other changes helped to redefine the educational mission. From the beginning, instruction in military training was required for both high school and college students. In 1957, participation was made optional for college students and then in 1969 was discontinued. Two years later, it terminated as well for high school students. In 1973, phase-out began for the preparatory department, the name of the school was changed to Schreiner College, and the curriculum was broadened to include career education and life-long learning opportunities. In 2001, the Board of Trustees changed the name to Schreiner University.
The transition took Schreiner in one decade from a military preparatory school for men to a fully coeducational, four-year, liberal arts college, which received accreditation as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution in 1984.
Largely responsible for the school's character and reputation, Dr. James J. Delaney served as president twenty-eight years, from opening until his retirement in 1950. Genial and tolerant, Dr. Andrew Edington succeeded, serving as president twenty-one years, beautifying, modernizing, and enlarging campus facilities.
Continuing a tradition of progressive change while holding to enduring values, Dr. Sam McDowell Junkin, Schreiner's third president, served for twenty-five years until his retirement in 1996. Dr. J. Thompson Biggers served as the fourth president from 1996-2000. Dr. Junkin returned in 2000 to serve as Interim President.
|Dr. Tim Summerlin, President, Schriener University|
In 2001, Dr. Charles Timothy Summerlin was named the fifth President of Schreiner, and continues to maintain the strong connection to the Presbyterian Church while strengthening various academic programs.
It is with great pride that Greystone was invited onto the Schreiner University campus to participate in their outstanding tradition of providing the best college-level education to aspiring students. As a school that serves the preparatory needs of the United States service academies, we are honored to reintroduce the campus to students destined to serve their country as academy graduates and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces of this great country.
In addition to the physical and character development, the heart of the Greystone program is provided through our unique relationship with Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Through our affiliation with Schreiner University, it is the University that provides all Greystone students with the high intensity “Greystone Curriculum” which is specifically designed through guidance provided from the academies to be far more challenging than traditional freshman year studies in that it parallels the first-year coursework at the Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and the Coast Guard
Never forget that the Academy is not a high school, a community college or a junior college. The Academy is a four-year, fully-accredited leadership institution. Academy preparation at any level less than that is a waste of their time and effort.
- VADM Rodney Rempt, former USNA Superintendent
Academy. By affiliating our academic program with the University, Greystone is not only able to tailor a program to meet the needs of the academies, but also thanks to the depth and flexibility provided by the University, Greystone can also meet the individual needs of our students.
The affiliation between a preparatory program and a four-year fully accredited university has been a success for our students from the very beginning because of the “team” attitude shared between Greystone and Schreiner University. At Greystone, we work together with the Schreiner faculty and staff to ensure our students receive a customized college-level academic experience. Our intent is to elevate the level of scholastic performance so that as a Greystone graduate, they make a lateral and seamless transition from the university level to the academy level.
At Schreiner, students are not numbers; they are unique individuals who receive the attention from the faculty and staff necessary to excel as scholars. Because of their status as academy-bound candidates, more is expected from Greystone students by faculty. This elevated level of expectation motivates our students to higher levels of academic performance which is key to successfully engaging academy-level challenges. Whether a Greystone candidate comes from a big city or a small town high school, all benefit from the individualized attention, university-level academics and elevated performance expectations. If the objective is true academy preparation, it only makes sense to pursue a program that will challenge and expand your scholastic capabilities so that this year is truly meaningful and directly applicable to your future academy experience.
Greystone students live in our own dormitory on the Schreiner campus. By having all Greystone students living in the same dorm, our students develop a strong bond as a team. The team concept is utilized to maximize the learning opportunity provided by the University in that all Greystone students work together to maintain focus on goals and objectives while the strength of the team is used to overcome academic weaknesses of individual team members.
|Greystone Class of 2011 in Character Development Class.|
Greystone students attend classes with other Schreiner students. In this regard, they experience a true college lifestyle. The objective of the Greystone program is to eliminate all superfluous distractions that do not directly improve their credentials as candidates. As an academy Commandant remarked while the Greystone program was being developed, “Allow your candidates to focus and apply themselves on what they need to accomplish to earn their appointments and leave the military training to the academies so the candidate can learn it the right way when they get here”. It makes little sense to devote hours upon hours to distractions that in the end will not help improve a candidates competitive edge. It makes sense to maintain focus on college-level academics because superior performance in the classroom is noticed by the academies admissions boards and can give the first-year academy students a significant advantage when classes begin. Conversely, should a candidate not earn their appointment, the student has successfully completed their entire freshman year of college and earned 36 fully-transferrable college credits. There is much to be said for an academy prep program that is specifically designed to maximize the year of academic “preparation” to ensure the candidate has maximized his or her full range of options and opportunities as a scholar, athlete and leader! Such preparation is something a candidate can take with them wherever their future takes them and that is never a waste of time or effort!
Schreiner maintains a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, providing high quality university education through personalized instruction. Unlike most major colleges or universities, a Schreiner professor - not a teaching assistant or graduate student - provides all classroom instruction, even for freshman. Most of the Schreiner professors have earned their PhD and have on average of 17 years of college teaching experience. What that means is that the professor can present a subject to a student in many different ways thus ensuring a successful learning experience.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
Aside from intensive classroom instruction, Schreiner also provides individual tutoring beyond the classroom through the Teaching and Learning Center. Upper class students with demonstrated expertise in the particular field of study provide one-to-one tutoring assistance at no additional charge. Greystone students in need of additional academic help can always find it from their professor after class, the Academic Center and their Greystone classmates.
Courses that Greystone students enroll in are reviewed annually to ensure what is taught by Schreiner is in sync with what is being taught at the academies. As changes are made to academy courses, Schreiner is informed and changes are implemented. By working closely with the academies, Greystone ensures that the courses presented by Schreiner are completely relevant and applicable to what is taught at the academies. When candidates arrive at the academies as 89% of our graduates do, they are fully prepared to engage every course in order to maximize their academy academic opportunity.