|Memphis Conference Female Institute (1843–1923)|
Lambuth College (1923–1991)
|Motto||Whatsoever Things Are True|
|United Methodist Church|
|Campus||50 acres (0.202 km2) Urban|
|Colors||Blue & White|
|NAIA – Independent|
NCAA Division II – Independent (until 2011)
Lambuth University was a private Methodist university in Jackson, Tennessee. It was active from 1843 to 2011 and was supported by the Memphis Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The university began as the Memphis Conference Female Institute in 1843 and was later renamed in honor of Walter Russell Lambuth (1854–1921), a Methodist missionary who traveled globally.
After several years of financial struggles, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools opted not to renew Lambuth's accreditation in 2011. Due to both the financial and accreditation problems, the Board of Trustees voted in April 2011 to cease operations two months later. Final commencement exercises were held April 30, 2011. The University of Memphis acquired the campus which is now the Lambuth branch campus of the University of Memphis.
The Lambuth athletic teams were called the Eagles. They participated in dual membership with both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the NCAA Division II ranks, primarily competing as an NAIA Independent within the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) and an NCAA D-II Independent in transition as a provisional member from 2008–09 to 2010–11. The Eagles previously competed as full members for the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TranSouth or TSAC) from 2006–07 to 2007–08, and for the Mid-South Conference (MSC) from 1995–96 to 2005–06; both from the NAIA.
Lambuth competed in 11 intercollegiate sports: Men's sports included baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports included basketball, golf, soccer, softball and tennis.
- Alpha Gamma Delta – Theta Pi chapter – 1997–2011
- Alpha Kappa Alpha – Omicron Omicron chapter
- Alpha Omicron Pi – Omega Omicron chapter – 1957–2011
- Alpha Xi Delta – Gamma Iota chapter – 1957–1984
- Kappa Alpha Order – Gamma Omicron chapter – 1957–2011
- Kappa Sigma – Epsilon Psi chapter – 1958–2011
- Phi Mu – Kappa Nu chapter – 1969–2011
- Sigma Kappa – Gamma Xi chapter – 1957–1991
- Sigma Phi Epsilon – Tennessee Zeta chapter – 1971–2011
- Ron Dixon – player for the National Football League New York Giants
- William M. Greathouse – President of Trevecca Nazarene University, President of Nazarene Theological Seminary; General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene
- Ray King – Major League Baseball pitcher for 10 seasons.
- Lee Hee-ho – First Lady of the Republic of Korea
- Adriane Lenox – Tony Award-winning actress
- James W. Moore – Methodist minister and author
- Stefan Rodgers – offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens
- Tia Sillers – Grammy Award-winning song writer
- Corey Webster – New Zealand basketball player
- "Board of Lambuth University in Jackson votes to cease operations June 30". Memphis Commercial Appeal. April 14, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
- Associated Press, Lambuth University holds final graduation ceremonies before shutdown in June[permanent dead link], May 1, 2011