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Jones said that although he had been averse to naming the school after himself, his friends overcame his reluctance "with the argument that the school would be called by that name because of my connection with it, and to attempt to give it any other name would confuse the people." Bob Jones took no salary from the college and helped support the school with personal savings and income from his evangelistic campaigns. The Florida land boom had peaked in 1925, and a hurricane in September 1926 further reduced land values. Bob Jones College barely survived bankruptcy and its move to Cleveland, Tennessee in 1933.

In the same year, the college also ended participation in intercollegiate sports.

Growing up, I knew my parents were committed to each other, but the marriage they modeled wasn’t anything I wanted to experience in my life.

So I thought I’d be a single missionary like Amy Carmichael and invest my life in the poor of the slums. (I can still hear Him laughing His good-natured chuckle.

engaged in a controversy about the propriety of theological conservatives cooperating with theological liberals to support evangelistic campaigns, a controversy that widened an already growing rift between separatist fundamentalists and other evangelicals.

Negative publicity caused by the dispute precipitated a decline in BJU enrollment of about 10% in the years 1956–59, and seven members of the university board (of about a hundred) also resigned in support of Graham, including Graham himself and two of his staff members.

With the enactment of GI Bill at the end of World War II, the college was virtually forced to find a new location and build a new campus.