Case Studies

Southern Seminary Upgrades Print Operations Across Campus and in the Print Shop

Southern Seminary Upgrades Print Operations Across Campus and in the Print Shop

Business Environment Challenges
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Southern Seminary) enrolls more than 4,000 students annually, including those attending its two graduate schools. In early 2015, the Seminary identified the need to update and improve printing across the campus for students, faculty and staff. At the time, the Seminary deployed a mix of retail printers that were out of date, and unable to produce the quality and functionality that was needed. In addition to being dated, the student devices were coin-operated.

Southern Seminary also offers print services via its print shop to community members from local nonprofit organizations, alumni and ministries. However, at the time, the print quality was low, output was slow and finishing and color capabilities were limited. Improving print capabilities would not only ensure a great experience for the students and faculty, but also deliver a great experience to those whom the seminary supports with print services.

“Our full-color output is far superior to what we could deliver previously, and large print jobs that require additional finishing work are now a breeze.”

Ben Ward, Retail Manager, Southern Seminary



Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


  • Campus printers were outdated and unreliable for student and faculty use
  • Outdated technology meant that student print jobs were paid for at the printer with coins
  • Quality of print was very low
  • Print shop output was limited and slow
  • Finishing and color capabilities were limited, if available at all


  • PaperCut MF™
  • 45 Sharp MFPs including: MX-M264N, MX-M565N, MX-4140N, MX-4141N and MX-5141N document systems
  • One Pro Series MX-7500N Color Document System with external Fiery® FS100 Color Print Server
  • One MX-M904


  • Improved overall print quality and output
  • Chargeback student printing and secure release via PaperCut MF
  • More efficient and intuitive printing across campus
  • Enhanced finishing and color options from the Seminary’s print shop
  • Faster turnaround times
  • More reliable technologies with less down time