Eastern Arizona College
|Motto||Let the adventure begin at EAC.|
|President||Mark Bryce, J.D.|
|Location||Thatcher, Arizona, USA|
|Colors||Purple & Gold|
Eastern Arizona College (EAC), is a community college located in Graham County, Arizona. The main campus is in Thatcher, with satellite locations in Gila County, and Greenlee County. It is the oldest community college in Arizona and the only community college in Arizona with a marching band.
Eastern Arizona College was chartered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1888. Classes started in a church room in Central, Arizona in 1890 with 17 students and was called the St. Joseph Stake Academy. In 1891, classes were moved to Thatcher, Arizona, to be more centralized and due to room constraints. The school continued to expand, though it was strapped financially. In 1908, a new 21-room building was opened that would eventually be called Old Main.
In 1932, the Church stated they could no longer afford to support the college financially and would close it unless the local valley could support it. In 1933, an election was held and the valley passed an initiative funding the school. Ownership passed to the state of Arizona, dropping its religious affiliation, and changing the name to Gila Junior College of Graham County. This name was changed to Eastern Arizona Junior College in 1950, then simply Eastern Arizona College in 1966. In 1962, it was the inaugural member of Arizona's newly-created Junior College system. The 1960s was a time of growth and the college purchased nearby farmland to extend their campus.
In 1972 a fine arts center was completed. In 1979, two fires within one week destroyed Old Main. The building was razed and a new administration building was constructed on the site. During the 1987-1988 school year, Eastern Arizona College celebrated its centennial.
Eastern Arizona College has changed names nine times, growing from a one-room school house to becoming a large community college serving three counties and hosting a satellite campus for a university.
In December 2012, after 10 years of lobbying, Eastern Arizona College launched its first bachelor's degree programs in a partnership with Arizona State University. The bachelor's degree programs include nursing and business.
EAC is a state-sponsored community college and comes under the guidance and control of the state of Arizona.
The main campus Coordinates:  sits in the center of the Upper Gila River Valley with Mt. Graham towering to the south and the Gila River to the north. The buildings on the campus are plain, while the grass, trees, and flower beds on EAC's campus are impeccably maintained year round.
On September 15, 2007, Eastern Arizona College dedicated their Bell Tower. The tower is adjacent to the administration building, between the north and south campuses.
Eastern Arizona College provides dormitories for single students. EAC has the following houses:
- Mark Allen
- Wesley Taylor
- Nellie Lee
- Residence towers (three towers)
Married student housing is not available on-campus. Most married couples are able to find off-campus apartments.
In addition to on-campus housing, there are many off-campus places available for rent. EAC has a housing office with information for on- and off-campus living.
Eastern Arizona College is divided into nine academic divisions:
- Communicative Arts
- Fine Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Industrial Technology Education
- Liberal Studies
- Science and Allied Health
- Social Sciences
- "Brief EAC History". Fact Book. Eastern Arizona College. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
- History of EAC Facilities
- Sarah Pavlus (December 11, 2012). "Eastern Arizona College Launches Bachelor's Degree Programs After Decade-Long Fight". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Thatcher, Arizona
- News Releases Details
- Business Division
- Communicative Arts Division
- Fine Arts Division
- Health and Physical Education Division
- Industrial Technology Education Division
- Liberal Studies Division
- Mathematics Division
- Science and Allied Health Division
- Social Science Division
- Meece, Britney; Dugan, Lori (June 20, 2013), "Celebrate EAC's 125th Anniversary and Gila Hank", News and Events: News Release (Eastern Arizona College)