About SGU


One of the first schools toincorporate modern education in Japan

Seinan Gakuin was founded in 1916 by C. K. Dozier of the ForeignMission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, in the United States. It began as the first academy for boys in Fukuoka City, and was one of the first schools to incorporate modern Western educational practices. The junior high school was opened in 1947, andthe senior high school the following year. In 1949, Seinan Gakuin University (SGU) was accredited as a private Baptist university, and today it has grown to include a elementary school, nursery school and kindergarten to become a comprehensive educational center serving about 10,000 students of many ages. SGU will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. The school still holds to its motto, taken from the founder’s last words: “Tell Seinan, be true to Christ.”

Founder, C. K. Dozier

Charles Kelsey Dozier (1879-1933)

  C. K. Dozier was born in La Grange, Georgia, in 1879. After graduating from Mercer University in Georgia and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, Rev. Dozier came to Japan in 1906 as a missionary sent by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He founded Seinan Gakuin in 1916 and from 1917~1929 served as the school's second administrative head.

History of Seinan Gakuin

Seinan Gakuin originally a junior high school for boys, founded at Daimyo (presentlyAkasaka, Chuo-ku), Fukuoka.
Seinan Gakuin Senior High School (Div. of Literature, Div. of Commerce; the predecessor of the University) was founded.
Ms. Helen Keller visited Seinan Gakuin. Seinan hosted her lecture jointly with Fukuoka Jo Gakuin (girls’ school).
American teachers returned home due to tension between Japan and the United States. Period of hardship including the closing of the English Literature Division.
Seinan Gakuin Junior High School under the new system was established.
Seinan Gakuin Senior High School under the new system was established.
Seinan Gakuin University under the new system was founded as the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Theology, English Literature, and Commerce).
The 2-year College of Seinan Gakuin University was established with the Divisions of Childhood Education based on Fukuoka Nursery School, English, and Commerce based on the second department of Vocational School were founded and had been managed until 1974.
The rugby club succeeded in a championship of the national competition 3 years in a row.
Declaration of a sister school agreement with Baylor University in the United States. The university inaugurated its ever-expanding international exchange program.
The wife of Minister Martin Luther King Jr. visited the University for the 70th anniversary.
Junior and senior high school moved to Momochihama. (The integrated junior-senior high school system began in 1996.)
The consecration ceremony of the new University chapel is held, making possible daily chapel services as well as ceremonies, lectures, classes, concerts, etc. The Missionary Monument is erected to recognize missionaries, and the unveiling ceremony is held on the University’s anniversary.
The largest University athletic field in western Japan (Seinan Gakuin University Tajiri Green Field), equipped with an environment conservation zone, is completed.
Seinan Gakuin Elementary School is opened. This makes Seinan one of the few comprehensive educational institutions in Japan that provides education at all levels of day-care and kindergarten, elementary/middle/high schools, university, and graduate school.

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Seinan Gakuin University

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