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Hall is new APSU president

The new leader of Austin Peay State University comes to this presidency by a circuitous route.

Timothy Hall was hired today by the Tennessee Board of Regents to succeed President Dr. Sherry Hoppe, who will be retiring July 31. He begins Aug. 1.
The new leader of Austin Peay State University comes to this presidency by a circuitous route.

Timothy Hall was hired today by the Tennessee Board of Regents to succeed President Dr. Sherry Hoppe, who will be retiring July 31. He begins Aug. 1.

Hall was associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, since 2002. He was director of the University Studies 101 Program there from 1996-2003 and has been a professor of law at Ole Miss since 1989.

In 1983, Hall earned his juris doctorate with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and was an editor for the Texas Law Review. From 1978-80, he was a graduate teaching fellow at Houston's Rice University, receiving a scholarship in religious studies. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Houston in 1978.

The author of several publications, including “Separating Church and State: Roger Williams in America,” (University of Illinois Press, 1998), Hall recently assumed leadership of a $60 million capital campaign for the University of Mississippi School of Law.

“My work as the director of the law school campaign is not typical of the responsibilities of a provost or associate provost,” Hall said. “But it reflects the confidence the chancellor and provost had in my abilities to lead a broad team … in pursuit of a significant goal.”

Given the early success of that campaign, Hall was asked to lead another campaign to raise $25 million to establish three residential colleges at the University of Mississippi.

As associate provost, Hall had oversight and approval of all academic budgets, chaired the Undergraduate Council and the Sabbatical Leave Review Committee and was a member of the Football Committee, all since 2002.

He has worked toward such major undergraduate academic initiatives as the creation of an honors college, a public policy and leadership institute and a first-year seminar program.

In his letter of application for the APSU presidency, Hall said he was confident that his teaching experiences, accomplishments as associate provost and successful fundraising efforts would provide a solid foundation for the APSU presidency.

“These experiences, I think, have prepared me to navigate the issues likely to face the next president of Austin Peay. In particular, I have close experience with budget constraints and resource allocation.

“I also … have participated in the vital work of advocating the University's mission to external constituencies, responding to the interests of these constituencies in accountability and finding new forms of partnership between these constituencies and the University.”

Other finalists were Dr. Kendall Blanchard, interim president, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, and Dr. Michael Spitzer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Saint Cloud State University. -- Dennie B. Burke