Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the Southeast. Founded by the Baptists, it is now an independent, nondenominational Christian college.
For whatever numerical rankings in news magazines may be worth, if anything, Newsweek ranks Furman the #2 "most rigorous" college in America, and U.S. News ranks Furman #49 among national liberal arts colleges.
Ken Shigley earned his B.A. from Furman, then went to law school at Emory. When scheduling works out, he returns to Furman to judge a collegiate mock trial competition.