Last February, Vice-Chancellor Brigety invited the University into a conversation on guiding principles to “reassert and reinforce what it means for Sewanee to truly dwell together in unity.” Over the course of the spring semester, more than 400 colleagues, students, and alumni from the College and the School of Theology came together to identify and describe our shared values. After six months of gathering and analyzing input, four University values have emerged.

At the University of the South, we value: 

INQUIRY
We develop open-minded, informed, and intellectually engaged individuals.
COMMUNITY
We cultivate respectful, inclusive, and enduring relationships.
FLOURISHING
We share responsibility for the well-being of one another and the Domain.
COURAGE
We strive for justice, equity, and sustainability in Sewanee and in the broader society.


We would like to note that these represent our shared values, not the committee’s values or any one person’s values. The committee has worked conscientiously and collaboratively to ensure these values accurately reflect the input of the larger community. Additionally, these values will be reviewed every five years so updates can be made to meet the needs of the Sewanee community.