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The St. Andrews Mace was a gift from Leslie and Sarah Bullock, who designed and commissioned it to be carved from a block of 100-year-old oak, given to St. Andrews by Principal Stephen Watson of St. Andrews University, Scotland. The block of wood, from St. Salvator’s Chapel at the University, is believed to be cut from an oak on the grounds of Falkland Palace, a royal residence of Scottish kings in the 16th century.
The shape of the mace is patterned after the mace of the St. Andrews University medical school. It is in the form of a rod with an obliquely fluted orb at the base. The rod, which is plain, is divided into three sections by belchered bands with flowered decorations. The knob, or head, is divided into five sections. First above the rod is a band of leaves. Above this is a circle of Celtic crosses, which are used in the architectural design of the campus. The third level is carved with a St. Andrews cross and lamp of learning, both of which are symbols of St. Andrews, and monograms of Flora MacDonald College and Presbyterian Junior College for Men, the two schools that merged to form St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Above this is the motto, “Excellence for Christ.” The top level is embellished with a leaf design surmounted by a small, obliquely fluted cap.
The Mace was carved by Jack Ramseur of Lincolnton, North Carolina. John Yoder, also of Lincolnton, did the lathe work.
The tri-shield image was adopted during the summer of 2001. Each shield bears a version of the Saltire, the national flag of Scotland and heraldic name of the Cross of St. Andrew. The image, with the three shields connected, was selected to symbolize simultaneously our Presbyterian faith heritage with its origin in Scotland, the connection to the namesake of our College and the emergence of the institution from its two predecessor institutions: Presbyterian Junior College and Flora MacDonald College.