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Ferrum History

Ferrum College is a private college in Ferrum, Virginia, in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Ferrum College has the second-oldest environmental science program in the nation and was ranked 41st by US News and World Report in Comprehensive Colleges–Bachelor's (South) for 2006. The college itself is on the Virginia Historic Register. Roberts Hall and Beckham Hall are part of the Ferrum College Historic District and listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Ferrum was founded in 1913. The College's official mission is to educate students in the disciplines of higher learning and to help them be thoughtful and perceptive, to be articulate and professionally capable, and to be caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation, and world.

Notable Athletic Alumni

  • Jim Grobe, head football coach, Wake Forest University
  • Chris Warren '90, football, running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles
  • Billy Wagner, baseball, pitcher for the Atlanta Braves; has played for the Boston Red Sox (2009), New York Mets (2006-2009), Philadelphia Phillies (2004-2005), and Houston Astros (1995-2003) and was a first-round draft pick (12th pick overall) in the 1993 MLB draft.
  • Eric Owens '93, baseball, outfielder, most recently played for the Anaheim Angels in 2003. Played for the Florida Marlins (2001-2002), San Diego Padres (1999-2000), Milwaukee Brewers (1998), and Cincinnati Reds (1995-1997).
  • Jerry Venable, former member of Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
  • Bruce Gossett, kicker for San Francisco 49ers in 1970s.
  • Billy Joe Mantooth, 1970 All-American at Ferrum, transferred to West Virginia University and later played in the NFL.
  • Julius Campbell, defensive standout immortalized by the film Remember the Titans.

 

Distinguished Alumni

  • Watkins Abbitt, Jr., member of the Virginia House of Delegates