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Chairs of Excellence

Austin Peay State University has four Chairs of Excellence: Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts; APSU Foundation Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise; Harper-Bourne Chair of Excellence in business; and the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing.

These Chairs of Excellence, or endowed professorships, were designed to attract top-notch professors and artists to Austin Peay who would enrich the academic program of the University and share their special areas of expertise with Austin Peay students and faculty and with the larger community.

Established in 1984, the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts brings regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community people in a creative environment. The Department of Music is pleased to announce the mini-residencies of the 2006-2007 chair occupants. Cantus; Tony Plog, Bodo Igesz and Lee Hoiby.

The APSU Foundation Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise was established in 1987. Past occupants include U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley; Dr. Richard Leftwich, internationally renowned economist specializing in economic development; Dr. Thomas Dernburg, internationally known economist with a distinguished career in government; Li Shuang, dean of the Central Institute of Finance and Banking, Beijing; and Dr. John Petit, noted author and expert in business communication.

The Harper-Bourne Chair of Excellence in Business was established in 1987.  It was made possible by a substantial gift to the University from Amelia Harper Lay Hodges, prominent Dallas humanitarian. Occupants have included Dr. Danny Arnold, dean of the College of Business, New Mexico State University, and Dr. Donald H. Taylor, author of the textbook that has been the leader in the field for 15 years.

Dr. Joseph P. Maloney is the first occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing. Maloney, who is from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, has a national reputation as a scholar and author. The chair was created through a generous bequest from the late Lenora C. Reuther.