Pellissippi State Community College

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Pellissippi State Community College
Established 1974
Endowment $5.69 million[1]
Location Knoxville, Tennessee
Colors Blue and Yellow
Website www.pstcc.edu

Pellissippi State Community College (Pellissippi State or PSCC) is one of 13 member community colleges operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The main PSCC campus is in western Knox County, west of the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. There are four satellite campuses in the surrounding area. PSCC was named Pellissippi State Technical Community College until July 1, 2009. It is the successor to the former State Technical Institute at Knoxville ("STIK"), founded in 1974.

Campus[edit]

Pellissippi State Community College operates five campuses, as of Fall 2012, spread across the Knox County and Blount County area, including:

  • Hardin Valley Campus (main)
    • Mascot: Panthers
    • Location: Western Knox County (Knoxville, Tennessee), Tennessee
    • Buildings:
      • J.L. Goins Administration Building
      • Ned R. McWherter Technology Building
      • Lamar Alexander Arts and Sciences Building
      • Student Recreation Building (the Bubble)
      • Educational Resources Center (ERC)
      • Bagwell Center for Media Arts
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus
    • Location: east of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee

History[edit]

The precursor to Pellissippi State, State Technical Institute at Knoxville, was established on September 4, 1974. The original school was added on as a wing to the Knoxville State Regional Vocational-Technical School and intended to simply provide post-educational vocational training to area residents. However, at the backing of the newly seated director Colonel John C. Mauer, the Tennessee State Board of Vocational Education soon took over governance of the school, providing three associate's degree programs in engineering technology to 45 students on the first day of classes, September 23, 1974.

STIK received its initial accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1977, under the leadership of the first school president, Dr. Wayne Jones, and six years later, on July 1, 1983, STIK became a member of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, thereby transferring governance of the school to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

In 1986 the campus was moved to its current location, on a 445-acre (1.80 km2) plot in west Knox County near the Pellissippi Parkway. Initially, STIK shared the campus with Roane State Community College. In 1988, however, the school's mission was broadened to include that of a technical community college, adding numerous university-parallel associate's degree programs, changing its name to Pellissippi State Technical Community College, and absorbing the space occupied by Roane State.[2] Pellissippi (also spelled "Pelisipi") appears on early maps as the name of the Clinch River. It is said to have been the Cherokees' name for the river and is said to mean "winding waters" in the Cherokee language.[3]

A hot air balloon festival was held at the campus from 2004 to 2011.[4]

Administration[edit]

  • President: Dr. L. Anthony Wise Jr
  • Administrative Assistant to the President: Ann Burgess
  • Vice President, Academic Affairs: Ted Lewis
  • Vice President, Student Affairs: Rebecca Ashford
  • Vice President, Information Services: Jerry Bryan
  • Vice President, Business and Finance: Ronald Kesterson
  • Vice President, College Advancement/Executive Director, Foundation: Peggy M. Wilson
  • Director, Internal Audit: Suzanne L. Walker

Students and faculty[edit]

PSCC employs about 185 full-time faculty, 265 adjunct faculty, 231 staff members, while serving over 10,000 students, between 100 and 150 of whom are classified as international.

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. June 30, 2011. p. 22. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ College history, Roane State Community College website (accessed February 29, 2008)
  3. ^ "The Pellissippi State Story 1974-1998". Pellissippi State Community College. Retrieved July 24, 2013.  Note: The Cherokee origin of "Pellissippi" is questionable, as there is no “P” sound in the Cherokee syllabary (D. Ray Smith. "View of the Bear Creek Valley". Retrieved July 24, 2013. ).
  4. ^ "Pellissippi State ending balloon festival". Knoxville News Sentinel. June 13, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°56′52″N 84°09′59″W / 35.94772°N 84.16635°W / 35.94772; -84.16635