Austin Peay State University

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Austin Peay State University
Austin Peay State University seal.svg
Former name
Austin Peay Normal School (1927–1943)
Austin Peay State College (1943–1967)
TypePublic university
Established1927; 96 years ago (1927)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$22 million[1]
PresidentMichael J. Licari[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, 182 acres (0.74 km2)
ColorsRed and white[5]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
ASUN Conference
Austin Peay State University wordmark.svg

Austin Peay State University (APSU) (/p/) is a public university in Clarksville, Tennessee. Standing on a site occupied by a succession of educational institutions since 1845, the precursor of the university was established in 1927 and named for then-sitting Governor Austin Peay, who is further honored with "Governors", the name of the university's athletic teams. Affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents, it is now governed by the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees as of May 2017. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and, in 2012, was the fastest-growing university in Tennessee.[6] In 2019, Austin Peay officially hit 11,000 students enrolled.

The Browning Building at Austin Peay State University



Academics at Austin Peay are organized into six colleges, two schools, and 28 subordinate departments and offices:

College of Arts and Letters[edit]

  • Department of Art and Design
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of History and Philosophy
  • Department of Languages and Literature
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Theatre and Dance

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences[edit]

  • School of Nursing
  • Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Department of Military Science and Leadership
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychological Science and Counseling
  • Department of Sociology and Community Development
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Criminal Justice

College of Business[edit]

  • Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
  • Department of Management, Marketing, and General Business

Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education[edit]

  • Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Department of Educational Specialties

College of Graduate Studies[edit]

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics[edit]

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Allied Health Sciences
  • Department of Applied Sciences
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Department of Geosciences
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Office of Pre-Professional Health Programs
  • Geographic Information Systems Center

School of Technology and Public Management @ Fort Campbell[edit]

  • Department of Public Management and Criminal Justice
  • Department of Engineering Technology
  • Department of Professional Studies

Buildings on the Campus[edit]

Buildings Prior to Austin Peay Normal School[edit]

The Castle Building was an impressive "three-storied structure of red brick, with towers, fretted battlements, and casement windows set in paneled wood...".[8]


Austin Peay Athletics logo

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. June 30, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "APSU Board of Trustees names Dr. Michael Licari as University's 11th president". December 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  3. ^ As of Fall 2009 semester. "Faculty By Gender, Tenure Status, and Ethnicity" (PDF). 2009 Faculty Data. Austin Peay State University Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  4. ^ As of Fall 2009 semester. "Total Employees By Employment Status, Gender, and Ethnicity" (PDF). 2009 Employees Data. Austin Peay State University Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Retrieved December 3, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "APSU Governors Brand Identity" (PDF). May 30, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  6. ^ Green, Tavia. "Austin Peay State University continues growth, Nashville State opens doors". The Leaf Chronicle. Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. Retrieved December 28, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Canning, Rob (January 3, 2014). "APSU's Tim Hall Accepts Presidency at Mercy College". Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Old Distinctive Castle Building Has Romantic And Varied History" (PDF). The All State. November 22, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved February 23, 2022.

External links[edit]

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