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Austin Peay State University
The Browning Building at Austin Peay State University
Motto Find Your Place in The World
Established 1927
Type State funded
President Timothy Hall
Staff 453
Undergraduates 8,650
Postgraduates 542
Location Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Campus Urban, 160 acres (0.8 km²)
Colors Red and White
Mascot Governors

Austin Peay State University (pronounced /ˈɒstən piː/) is an accredited public university located in Clarksville, Tennessee, and operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents.



Clarksville Masonic Lodge No. 89 sponsored the Montgomery County Male Academy. In 1845, the Masonic College was founded, and in 1848, the Montgomery County Male Academy merged with the Masonic College, taking the name of Montgomery Masonic College and Male Academy. This institution continued through 1855 when it was given to the Presbyterian Synod of Nashville to be operated by them as a male college and academy. The Presbyterians changed the name of the college to Stewart College, and later the name was changed again to Southwestern Presbyterian University. In 1925 Southwestern moved to Memphis, TN and in 1945 that institution became "Southwestern at Memphis" for many years until it ultimately renamed Rhodes College in 1984. This was the forerunner of Austin Peay Normal School and located where Austin Peay State University now exists. Arguably, the site on which the current university is situated has held some type of an institution of higher learning longer than any in Tennessee west of Knoxville.

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 and named in honor of Governor Austin Peay, who was serving his third term of office when the school was established. Limited 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 State Board of Education.

Harned Hall was the first new building during the Normal School era, 1931-present.In 1939, the State Board of Education 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 State Board of Education 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 Science degrees. In 1968, associate degrees were approved. The State Board of Education relinquished its governance of higher education institutions to the Tennessee State Board of Regents in 1972.

A 1971 student prank turned the Browning clock into Mickey Mouse. In 1974, the Tennessee State Board of Regents 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. and B.S. degrees in various fields of business. In 1979, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree was approved. In 1983, the Tennessee State Board of Regents approved the Master of Music degree, and Master Arts in Education. In 2001, the Tennessee State Board of Regents authorized the Bachelor of Professional Studies.


Tornado damage

In the early morning hours of January 22, 1999, an F-4 tornado struck downtown Clarksville and the APSU campus. The Clement, Harned, Harvill and Archwood Buildings were severely damaged, while many others suffered broken windows and roof damage. Fortunately, no one was killed in this tornanado. Some 130 shattered trees littered the campus and added to the gloomy sight of shattered buildings. The University quickly initiated "Operation Restoration," with a commitment to have classes reopen within one week. Many heavily damaged buildings were re-opened within one year.

Buildings on campus

Educational or Administration

  • Trahern Building (haunted by Moaning Margaret)
  • Browning Building
  • Claxton Building
  • Clement Building
  • Dunn Center
  • Ellington Building
  • Felix G. Woodward Library
  • Foy Fitness and Recreational Center
  • Harned Hall
  • Kimbrough Building
  • Marks Building
  • McCord Building
  • McReynolds Building
  • Memorial Health Building ("The Red Barn")
  • Music/Mass Communication Building
  • Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hills
  • Sundquist Science Center
  • Trahern Building
  • Joe C. Morgan University Center

Residence halls

  • Sevier Hall (Female)
  • Beatrice Hand Village (Co-ed)
  • Cross Hall
  • Emerald Hills (Family Housing)
  • Blount Hall (Co-ed, Honors housing)
  • Harvill Hall (Co-ed, Honors housing)
  • Killebrew Hall
  • Marion Street Apartments (Faculty/staff housing)
  • Meacham Apartments (Co-ed)
  • Miller Hall
  • Rawlins Hall
  • Two Rivers Apartments (Co-ed, Honors housing)


  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & General Business
  • Education
  • Engineering Technology
  • Finance Management & Marketing
  • Geosciences
  • Health & Human Performance
  • History
  • Languages & Literature
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Military Science
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Management and Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Women's Studies

Notable alumni

Presidents of Austin Peay

  • John S. Ziegler, 1929-1930
  • Philander Claxton, 1930-1946
  • Halbert Harvill, 1946-1962
  • Earl E. Sexton (acting), September-December 1962
  • Joe Morgan, 1963-1976
  • Robert O. Riggs, 1976-1987
  • Oscar Page, 1988-1994
  • Richard G. Rhoda (Interim), July-October 1994
  • Sal D. Rinella,1994-2000
  • Sherry L. Hoppe (Interim), 2000-2001
  • Sherry L. Hoppe, 2001-2007
  • Timothy L. Hall, 2007-present


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Coordinates: 36°31′56″N 87°21′16″W / 36.53230°N 87.35457°W / 36.53230; -87.35457


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