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In Greenville, the university more than doubled in size within two years and started its own radio station, film department, and art gallery—the latter of which eventually became one of the largest collections of religious art in the Western Hemisphere.
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.However, Jones's move to Cleveland proved extraordinarily advantageous.Though he had served as Acting President as early as 1934, Jones' son, Bob Jones, Jr.officially became the school's second president in 1947 just before the college moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and became Bob Jones University.In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000.
The university's athletic teams compete in Division I of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and are collectively known as the Bruins.