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Austin Peay State University’s APat90 celebration to cap off month-long celebration of 90 years of service


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — At 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 1927, Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signed a bill creating a normal school on the old Southwestern Presbyterian University campus in Clarksville. The next day, April 26, the law went into effect.

That school created 90 years ago is now a thriving comprehensive university, and on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Austin Peay State University is celebrating nine decades of service to students and the region with a special celebration on the front lawn of the Browning Administration Building.

President Alisa White and Elliott Herzlich will present the program, which takes place from noon-1:15 p.m., followed by a reception.

Wednesday’s event is the culmination of a month-long series of special events both on campus and in Clarksville. On April 24, the University Advancement Office will host a 90-hour giving event, Govs Give, with the goal of raising $90,000 for the different colleges’ Funds of Excellence. These are unrestricted funds provided to deans and directors in academic and student areas as well as athletics to help provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The Govs Give campaign will begin at 6 p.m. that evening, and end at noon on Friday, April 28.

Business casual attire is requested for attendees. To RSVP, please contact the APSU Alumni Relations Office at, or call 931-221-7220.