20th Anniversary Commemoration
& Presidential Inauguration

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Glade M. Knight

President Reed N. Wilcox

1996 — 2016



A group of Latter-day Saints in Virginia, led by Glade M. Knight, assume responsibility for the school and renew it as a four-year, liberal arts college with an LDS faith-supportive environment.

Since then, the student body has climbed from 73 to more than 800, with more growth projected over the next five years.


The Board of Trustees renames the school Southern Virginia University.


Southern Virginia University is granted full, national institutional accreditation by the American Academy for Liberal Education.


Construction finishes on the Lofts, a multi-million dollar hotel-style residence hall and the first major addition to campus since the school’s renewal. Several other beautiful facilities have been built or renovated since then to better serve the campus community.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints creates the Buena Vista Young Single Adult Stake adjacent to campus — the first of its kind organized outside the Wasatch Front. The stake building is home to the largest daytime Institute of Religion in the Eastern United States.


Southern Virginia University is awarded regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges — one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious accreditors of colleges and universities in the Southern United States.


Former Governor Mitt Romney delivers the keynote commencement address at Southern Virginia University in his first major public appearance since the 2012 presidential election.


On September 1, 2016, Southern Virginia University will become full members of the NCAA Division III. The Knights now have 20 varsity athletic programs, most of which compete in the Capital Athletic Conference — one of the premier DIII conferences on the East Coast.


President Reed N. Wilcox leads us into the future, with a vision for growth and self-reliance.

RSVP Is Now Closed

Thanks to all those who attended and made the inauguration such an inspiring occasion. Read more about the event at DeseretNews.com