About Victory

About Victory

Our Mission

Victory University educates students in a Christ-Centered, Liberal Arts community to Think Critically, Grow Spiritually, and Change Our World.

Victory University is located at 255 North Highland, Memphis, TN  38111.
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Victory University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Victory University.
Victory University is authorized for operation by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Current President

  • Shirley Robinson Pippins (2011-present)

Former Presidents

  • Thomas W. McKinney (1940′s)
  • J. Howard Goddard (late 1940′s – 1953)
  • James B. Crichton (1953-1984)
  • Roger Clapp, Acting President (1984)
  • Robert Hilgenberg (1984-1989)
  • Lawrence McGrath, CEO/President (1989-1991)
  • Jimmy Latimer, Chancellor (1989-1992)
  • Larry Brooks (1992-1997)
  • Roger Clapp, Interim President (1997-1998)
  • Ronald Schmidt (1998-2003)
  • Robert Brian, Acting President (2003-2004)
  • Larry Lloyd (2004-2009)
  • Larry Linamen, Interim President (2009)
  • John M. Borek, Jr. (2009-2011)

Fall 2012 Census Data

Topic Statistics
Academic Profile Education 7%
Business 28%
Arts & Sciences 23%
Behavioral Sciences 21%
Bible & Theology 16%
Undecided/Non-Degree Seeking 4%
Student Body 1879 students
62% women, 38% male
Faculty 28  full-time faculty
71 adjuncts
Student-Teacher Ratio 24 to 1


Victory University is a Christian liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and the joining of faith, rigorous academic inquiry, and action guided by a biblical worldview. Building upon a challenging curriculum in the classroom, Victory embraces the richness and diversity of its urban community as an extension of its campus. Our students benefit from development opportunities in dynamic partnerships with cutting edge businesses, nonprofit organizations, and experts in the professions and sciences. Victory seeks to be recognized as a center of excellence in leadership development where students gain life experiences that equip them for responsible positions in their communities, to become civic and professional leaders, and to honor God in their chosen fields. Victory strives to set the standard among Christian colleges as a place where students are mentored by a strong and caring Christian faculty and Christian area leaders learn that knowledge and faith can transform communities and advance God’s purposes in the world.

Statement of Faith

I. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and they are of supreme and final authority in faith and Life.

II. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

III. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

IV. We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

V. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures and as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

VI. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate.

VII. We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that He will set up His Kingdom on earth.

VIII. We believe that all who in faith accept the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God.

IX. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

Core Values


We at Victory University seek to gather a community of faculty and student scholars to unite serious inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences with authentic faith and redemptive action, and thus together strive for a kind of excellence rarely found in higher education in the United States.

We affirm the central, unifying beliefs of historic Christianity, and our starting points for academic inquiry and service are unapologetically biblical. We seek nothing less than the restoration of the liberal arts and sciences to their place of submission to Christ’s authority and to their prominence as the crucial and defining experience of higher education. Our intent is to educate and encourage spiritual formation in men and women who know, love, and profess truth, and who confidently can apply reason as focused by the Christian view of life to any vocation they pursue or problem they encounter.


Given our location in a major urban center, we believe that Victory University is uniquely situated to model diversity and unity within a single institution. We delight in the richly diverse ethnic and Christian traditions that mark life in our city and in our classes. We believe that cultural and generational differences, instead of dividing and hampering us, serve rather as powerful sources of stimulation toward Christian maturity: a benefit to students, the community, and generations to come.


We believe that God will use the education we provide to impart His wisdom to faculty and to students alike, and that our graduates will seek opportunities for idealistic and creative leadership, continuous learning, and responsible service in their professional, civic, and church-related spheres, fulfilling their calling to engage the surrounding culture with a Christian mind, and spreading the salt and light of truth to every area of life and throughout the world. Encouraging voluntary service and internships, we develop partnerships between the college and the businesses, professions, churches, schools, and other organizations comprising the external community.

Together as a community, we are learning to apply our faith and resources to serve the needs of a major urban center. Together we endeavor to make Victory University a center for the development of urban professional leaders—men and women who have put on wisdom with knowledge and, animated by faith, will transform communities and advance God’s purposes in the world.