Cleveland State Community College

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Cleveland State Community College
Cleveland State Community College
Motto Obstinatus sed Aequus (Latin)
Type Public
Established 1967
President Dr. Bill Seymour
Undergraduates 3,700
Location Cleveland, Tennessee, USA
Campus Urban, 105 acres (0.42 km2)
Athletics 4 athletics teams softball, men's baseball, men and women's basketball
Colors Blue and White
Nickname Cougars

Cleveland State Community College is a publicly supported community college operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents and located in Cleveland, Tennessee, United States. Like most of these institutions, emphasis is on associate's degree-level classes, but it also offers some third- and fourth-year college-level courses as well, through arrangements with other institutions.


Cleveland State was authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1965 and held its first classes in 1967, with the move to the site of the current campus and permanent facilities occurring in 1968.


The 105-acre (42 ha) campus has 10 major buildings housing modern classrooms, laboratories, and student activity centers. Additional features include an excellent library, a multi-media center of emphasis, computer laboratories, a 400-seat theatre, a 3,000-seat gymnasium, athletic fields and tennis courts, a large reflector telescope, and a satellite downlink receiver which enables the college to serve as a site for many teleconferences. Cleveland State offers classes throughout the service area in southeast Tennessee, which includes Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk counties. The college also has offices and classrooms in Athens and Madisonville.

Organization and administration[edit]

Cleveland State Community college operates within the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Dr. David Adkisson served as founding president of Cleveland State Community College from 1967 to 1978. Dr. L. Quentin Lane was appointed to the presidency in 1978 and served until 1985. A. Ray Coleman served briefly as interim president in 1985. Dr. James W. Ford was then appointed as president of Cleveland State from 1985 to 1992. Dr. Renate G. Basham served as interim president in 1996. Dr. Carl M. Hite served as president from 1996 until 2013. The current president is Dr. William A. Seymour, who was hired in 2014.

Academic profile[edit]

Approximately 3,700 credit students and 1,300 non-credit students enroll in Cleveland State Community College in a typical fall semester. The credit student population is split about evenly in the choice of transfer or career-technical programs. The average age of all students is 28 years and the student population is non-racially identifiable. There are over 200 employees at the college including more than 70 full-time faculty members. Eighty-six percent of the faculty hold Master's or Doctor's degrees.

Student life[edit]


The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Cougars.

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