On behalf of the SAU Board of Trustees, our President, Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, our Executive Leadership Team, and our students, faculty, and staff we thank you for your interest in joining the re-imagination of our beloved Saint Augustine’s University.

The University was chartered as Saint Augustine Normal School and Collegiate Institute on July 19, 1867, by the Reverend J. Brinton Smith, D.D., secretary of the Freedman’s Commission of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and the Right Reverend Thomas Atkinson, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. Bishop Atkinson became the first president of the Board of Trustees and Dr. Smith was the first principal. The new school opened its doors for instruction on January 13, 1868.

In 1893, the School’s name changed from Saint Augustine Normal School to Saint Augustine’s School. In 1919, the name changed to Saint Augustine’s Junior College, the first year in which postsecondary instruction was offered. The School became a four-year institution in 1927. In 1928, the institution was renamed Saint Augustine’s College. Baccalaureate degrees were first awarded in 1931.

The College further extended its mission by establishing St. Agnes Hospital and Training School for Nurses to provide medical care for and by African Americans. It was the first nursing school in the state of North Carolina for African-American students, and served as the only hospital to served African Americans until 1960. One of the hospital’s most famous patient to be admitted to St. Agnes was Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion. Johnson was admitted following an accident that ultimately led to his death in 1946. Another “first” Saint Augustine’s University is especially proud of is that the University was the nation’s first historically black university to own an on-campus commercial radio station (WAUG-AM Power 750) and television station (WAUG-TV 168).

Since the beginning of its existence, Saint Augustine’s University has blazed the trails in academics. Alumna Anna Julia Cooper, who was a prominent writer, educator and scholar, became the fourth African-American woman in united states to earn a doctoral degree. Today, Saint Augustine’s University is proud of preserving its legacy by continuing to ensure scholars are academically equipped to be the global change agents of tomorrow.

Falcons not only soar in academics but also in athletics. The men’s track and field team has experienced the victory of being Number #1 on numerous occasions. Saint Augustine’s University alumnus, legendary former head track and field coach and athletic director, George “Pup” Williams, built a dynasty in track and field and cross country at the University. Since he began coaching in 1976, his track and field programs won an astounding 39 national championships. Williams also coached 39 Olympians including three gold medalists.

On August 1, 2012, Saint Augustine’s College transitioned in name and status to Saint Augustine’s University.

Saint Augustine’s University has a strong tradition of excellence and a rich legacy that bonds thousands of Saint Augustine’s University sons and daughters from across the globe.

Questions in Response to the SAU Campus/Community Master Plan RFP

While SAU is enthusiastic to get started and move through the various phases of this project, we do not want to sacrifice quality for a too ambitious timeline. While SAU outlined “The University anticipates a mid-February 2022 start with a late April/early May completion”, please include the timeline that your team believes is needed to achieve the best product.

No, SAU has received building assessments within the last two years. These assessments will be available to the project team.

The SAU Master Planning team will work with the project team to consider which strategic engagements make the most sense. A few groups we have in mind include: City/County Government, Economic Development partners, Developers, neighborhood groups (1-3), and area businesses. Related to neighbors, SAU focuses on the households within the boundaries of New Bern Ave / Peace Street / Glascock Street / Raleigh Road Blvd. Related to area businesses, SAU is the anchor institution for the Southeast Raleigh Business Alliance and is in the process of working with the City of Raleigh to outline the service area.  

While the area goal that we hear most is 15%, at SAU we want to lead by example. We ask that applicants engage MWBE participation at 25% or greater.

93 contiguous acres make up the SAU campus

  • SAU owns 26 residential properties on Oakwood and other streets in the immediate area
  • SAU owns a large parcel on New Bern Ave across from WakeMed (not a part of the RFP)
  •  SAU owns properties on Creech Road in Garner and in Lawrenceville, VA  (not a part of the RFP)

A building inventory and assessment will be shared with the master plan team.

Just over 1,300 students, approximately 75 graduate.

52% with improvements each year.

Tuttle Public Health & Community Center and MLK Center reopen Q1-22

While the area goal that we hear most is 15%, at SAU we want to lead by example. We ask that applicants engage MWBE participation at 25% or greater.

Students are starting remotely through January 15; month by month from there.

There are many things that make the university unique:

  • the history of this HBCU
  • private school
  • teacher/student ratio 1:10
  • second curriculum
  • proximity to downtown and along east coast
  • an opportunity to look at this campus as an economic zone

The Department of Econ Dev & External Engagement’s charge: Sustainability for the next 150 years