Hiwassee College

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Hiwassee College
Doctrina, Fide, Servus
Motto in English
"Learning, Faith, Service"
Established1849 (1849)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
PresidentDr. Robin Tricoli
Academic staff
Students302 (2017)[1]
Location, ,
35°33′32″N 84°21′50″W / 35.559°N 84.364°W / 35.559; -84.364Coordinates: 35°33′32″N 84°21′50″W / 35.559°N 84.364°W / 35.559; -84.364
Colors         Maroon and Gold
NicknameThe Tigers
Sporting affiliations
NCCAA Division I - Mideast Region
Coat of Arms and Stylized Maroon text of Hiwassee College

Hiwassee College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Madisonville, Tennessee. Founded in 1849, the college offers associate degrees as well as four-year degrees. The majority of its associate degree graduates go on to attend and complete four-year degrees elsewhere.

On March 28, 2019, Hiwassee College announced that they would close on May 10, 2019 due to financial issues.[2]


Although closely tied to the Methodist Church since its founding, it was not until 1908 that the Trustees of Hiwassee College and the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South entered into an agreement for joint operation of the institution. Hiwassee College came under the complete control and ownership of the Methodist Church-South in 1937, shortly before its reunion with its northern counterpart in 1939. Prior to 1980, the three United Methodist-related colleges in the Holston Conference (a geographic region that includes East Tennessee and small parts of southwest Virginia and north Georgia) were governed by a unified Board of Trustees. In 1980, the Board of Trustees established a separate Board of Governors for each institution, and by 1990, each of the three colleges operated under a separate, independent Board of Trustees.

Hiwassee College was accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, but in 2008 their accreditation was withdrawn.[3][4] On November 3, 2009 it attained candidacy status for accreditation as a Category II institution by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).[5] Full accreditation was obtained through TRACS in October of 2013 and reaffirmed in 2018.


Hiwassee College's campus has grown from the original 7 acres (28,000 m2) donated by Reverend Daniel B. Carter to a campus comprising 18 buildings situated on 60 acres (240,000 m2) of a 400-acre (1,600,000 m2) tract of land located one mile (1.6 km) north of the town of Madisonville.

Organization and administration[edit]

Hiwassee College is listed by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. The Senate is an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


The College offers a variety of university-parallel and career/vocational programs leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science degrees.


Hiwassee fields 10 teams, known as the Tigers, and participates in the NCCAA's Division I. The school competes in the Mideast Region.[6] The Tigers have made National Championship appearances in Baseball, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball.

Noted people[edit]

  • Antonio Burks, professional basketball player
  • Alexander Stephens Clay, former U.S. Senator
  • Isaac Cline, founder of the US Weather Bureau
  • Eric Griffin (born 1990), basketball player for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Basketball Premier League<ref>"Eric Griffin Stats, News, Bio". ESPN. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  • David M. Key, former U.S. Senator and Postmaster General
  • Orlando Lightfoot, former professional basketball player
  • Albert H. Roberts, former Governor of Tennessee


  1. ^ "Quick Facts for Hiwassee College" (PDF). Hiwassee College. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ Kast, Monica. "Hiwassee College to close after 170 years due to financial reasons". Knoxville News Sentinel. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Churches ask members to help financially strapped Hiwassee College". WATE-TV. Feb 15, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  4. ^ "Hiwassee College's accreditation hearing set for Monday". The Monroe County Advocate. April 1, 2009. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  5. ^ "TRACS Institutions". Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Hiwassee College - National Christian College Athletic Association". National Christian College Athletic Association. Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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