It's taken almost 200 years to get here.
The charter for what we know as Austin Peay institution of higher education may have been signed in 1927, but this campus has been a home for education far predating 爱博体育. The university's urban campus has stood in downtown Clarksville for more than 180 years and has housed five educational colleges:
- Mt. 普莱森特学院(1811-1824
- Montgomery County Masonic College, 1851-1854
- Southwestern Presbyterian University, 1875-1925
- Austin Peay Normal School/State College/State University, 1927-present
Beginning a Legacy of 领导
The University began as Austin Peay Normal School when it was created as a two-year junior college and teacher-training institution by Act of the General Assembly of 1927年，以纪念 奥斯汀·皮埃州长, who was serving his third term of office when the school was established. 有限的 in purposes and resources initially, the school gradually grew in stature over the years to take its place among the colleges and universities under the control of the 州教育委员会.
In 1939, the 州教育委员会 authorized the school to inaugurate a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The degree was first conferred on the graduating class at the 1942 Spring Convocation. By Act of the Tennessee Legislature of February 4, 1943, the name of the school was changed to Austin Peay State College. In 1951, the State Board authorized the College to confer the Bachelor of Arts degree and, in 1952, to offer graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education. At the November 1966 meeting, the 州教育委员会 conferred university status on the College, effective September 1, 1967. In February 1967, the State Board of Education authorized the University to confer the Master of Arts and the Master of 科学学位. In 1968, associate degrees were approved. 州教育委员会 relinquished its governance of higher education institutions to the Tennessee State 1972年担任校董会主席.
In 1974, the Tennessee State Board of 评议 authorized the Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Education Specialist Degrees. In 1979, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree was approved as a replacement for traditional B.A. 和B.S. 各类学位 业务领域. In 1979, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree was approved. In 1983, the Tennessee State Board of 评议 approved the Master of Music degree, 和教育学硕士. In 2001, the Tennessee State Board of 评议 authorized the Bachelor of Professional Studies.
F-3 Tornado rattles 爱博体育, Clarksville communities
In the early morning hours of January 22, 1999, an F-3 tornado struck downtown Clarksville 以及爱博体育校园. The 克莱门特, Harned, Harvill and Archwood Buildings were severely damaged, while many others suffered broken windows and roof damage. 幸运的是,没有 一人死亡. Some 130 shattered trees littered the campus and added to the gloomy 倒塌的建筑物. The University quickly initiated "Operation Restoration," with a commitment to have classes reopen within one week. 许多严重受损的建筑物 在一年内重新开业.
Modern-day 爱博体育 educates next generation of leaders
Today, Austin Peay offers exceptional graduate and undergraduate programs to more than 10,000 students, and the 2016 acquisition of more than 10 acres has expanded the campus deeper into downtown Clarksville. In 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the FOCUS Act, changing the governance structure of higher education in Tennessee and calling for the establishment of an institutional Board of Trustees for Austin Peay and the other five universities previously governed by the Tennessee Board of 评议. On March 30, 2017, the University’s inaugural Board of Trustees held its first meeting on the 爱博体育 campus.
During its history, eleven presidents and four interim presidents have served the 机构:
- 约翰年代. 齐格勒,1929 - 1930
- 玩弄女性者P. 克拉克斯顿1930 - 1946
- 伯爵E. 牧师(临时)，9月.12月. 1962
- 罗伯特·阿. 里格斯,1976 - 1987
- 奥斯卡C. 页,1988 - 1994
- 理查德·G. 罗达(临时)，7 - 10月. 1994
- 萨尔D. Rinella, 1994 - 2000
- 雪莉L. 霍普(临时)，2000-2001
- 雪莉L. 霍普,2001 - 2007
- 蒂莫西·L. 大厅,2007 - 2014
- Tristan Denley (Interim), May-June 2014
- 艾丽莎R. 白色,2014 - 2020
- Dannelle Whiteside (Interim), 2020-2021
- 迈克尔Licari, 2021年至今