Pellissippi State Community College

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Pellissippi State Community College
Former names
State Technical Institute at Knoxville
Established 1974
Endowment $5.69 million[1]
President Dr. Anthony Wise
Location Knoxville, Tennessee
Colors Blue and Yellow
Pellissippi State CC logo.png

Pellissippi State Community College (Pellissippi State) is one of 13 member community colleges operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The Hardin Valley Campus is in western Knox County, west of the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. There are four satellite campuses in the surrounding area. Pellissippi State 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.


Pellissippi State Community College operates five campuses, as of Spring 2015, spread across the Knox County and Blount County area, including:


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 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]


  • President: Dr. L. Anthony Wise Jr
  • Administrative Assistant to the President: Ann Burgess
  • Vice President, Academic Affairs: Dr. Ted A. Lewis
  • Vice President, Student Affairs: vacant
  • Vice President, Information Services: Audrey Williams
  • Vice President, Business and Finance: Ronald Kesterson
  • Executive Director, Foundation: Aneisa McDonald
  • Director, Internal Audit: Suzanne L. Walker

Previous administrators: State Technical Institute at Knoxville

  • John C. Mauer(Director 1974-1976)
  • Dr. Wayne C. Jones(President 1976-1981)
  • Barney Myers (Interim President (1981-1983)

State Technical Institute at Knoxville/Pellissippi State Technical Community College/Pellissippi State Community College

  • Dr. J. L. Goins (President 1983-1994)
  • Dr. Allen G. Edwards (president 1994-2011)

Students and faculty[edit]

Pellissippi State 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.


  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. 

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