SNU campus plan brings Jernigan Hall down

     (BETHANY, OKLA.) --- Onlookers watched as Jernigan Hall, the 1945 vintage building on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) was demolished early on Tuesday morning July 21, 2009.  The building was originally used as a women’s dormitory and most recently for the SNU School for Children.


Photo by Kendra Thompson, Director of the Media Strategies Team

“By the time school starts, the space where this facility has been will be additional green space for the Bud Robinson Mall,” said Dr. Loren Gresham, President of SNU.  “We will be honoring the Jernigan name in other facilities on campus.” 

The demolished vintage building was named after Rev. C. B. Jernigan who was the founder of the town of Bethany, in 1909. That same year Jernigan established the Oklahoma Holiness College on the grounds where SNU sits today.  

Jernigan Hall was located on N. Asbury Ave. near 39th Expressway between Bracken Hall and the Herrick Building and Auditorium.  To see a visual map of where Jernigan was, visit

To view additional photos of the Jernigan demolition go to   To view a video of the demolition go to (  Video by Patrick Marston, SNU New Media Specialist, Media Strategies Team.    

For details on the history of the Oklahoma Holiness College visit

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man.  More than 25,000 alumni work and serve through out the United States and the world. 

Southern Nazarene University is a faith-filled community, educating students for responsible Christian living through its motto; building CHARACTER, shaping CULTURE, and serving CHRIST.