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The Venerable Archdeacon James Solomon Russell, an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, founded the Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School on September 24, 1888 with fewer than one dozen students, most of whom were ex-slaves and/or children of ex-slaves. Archdeacon Russell realized the need for expansion and development as the enrollment increased. By an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, on March 4,
1890, the school was incorporated as the Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School.

In 1922, a collegiate department of teacher training was added to the curriculum. The teacher training program was accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1926. Over the years, a significant percentage of teachers in the Commonwealth and the surrounding states are graduates of Saint Paul's.

The name of the institution was changed to Saint Paul's Polytechnic Institute in 1941. In addition to the name change, degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Science in Education were authorized. By authority of the Board of Trustees, the name of the institution was changed to Saint Paul's College in 1957 and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees were added to the curriculum.

From its humble beginnings, Saint Paul's has always played a significant role in the lives of the residents in and about the local community. In its early years, Saint Paul's supplied electricity for the Town of Lawrenceville and Southside Virginia and ice for the community and the railroad then operating between Danville and Norfolk, Virginia. Today, students at Saint Paul's provide hundreds of voluntary hours to nonprofit organizations in the community. Through the College's Service Learning Program, an academic class and a prerequisite for graduation, each student is required to give 4 semester hours of service to a community nonprofit organization.

Saint Paul's holds membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), The Association of Episcopal Colleges (AEC), the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Notable programs on the campus include, the Single Parent Support System (SPSS), a residential academic program for single parents and their children; the Brown v _Board Scholars Program, a legislatively created program designed to provide educational opportunities to Virginia residents affected by public school closures during the period of Massive Resistance in Virginia; the James Solomon Russell Scholars Program, a program designed to recruit and encourage students to consider careers in church ministry; the Service Learning Program, a community outreach program that integrates community service with instruction to teach civic responsibility; and the Dominion Leadership Program, a grant sponsored program for student ambassadors of the College.