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Hall inaugurated as 9th president

Eight months after taking the lead, Tim Hall officially took the helm as the ninth president of Austin Peay State University during an inaugural ceremony April 2.

After reciting the Pledge of Office from Dr. Charles Manning, Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor, Hall delivered an inaugural address to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

He said he envisioned a larger APSU in the near future.
Eight months after taking the lead, Tim Hall officially took the helm as the ninth president of Austin Peay State University during an inaugural ceremony April 2.

After reciting the Pledge of Office from Dr. Charles Manning, Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor, Hall delivered an inaugural address to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

He said he envisioned a larger APSU in the near future.

“It will be larger, I think, partially because we stand in the path of demographic changes that will bring many more people to the Clarksville area,” he said. “But Austin Peay will also be larger because we will be more successful in retaining more of our students from year to year and helping them to succeed.”

Hall noted three challenges facing APSU: defining the University's academic identity, defining the kind of excellence APSU will pursue and defining APSU's place within Tennessee's system of public universities. All of these are vital in educating students better, he said.

“Life is more than having and holding a job, and a university education ought to prepare our students for life, not just for jobs,” Hall said.

Hall proposed that APSU strengthen the liberal arts component of a student's education by transforming the honors program into an honors college, “where we can challenge our most academically gifted students to reach their potential,” he said.

Also, Hall said he hopes to see more enhanced international education opportunities. For professional education, Hall said he wants APSU to seek accreditation for its business program and to move forward with plans now under way to offer its first doctoral program, a Doctor of Education, designed for practicing education professionals.

“And I expect the coming years to see us develop other professional programs, as we seek to respond to the economic needs of this region and this state,” Hall said.

The ceremony also featured speakers from various constituencies, including campus leaders and local government officials. -- Melony A. Jones