March 25, 2002
When Austin Peay Normal was created, it was governed by the Tennessee State Board of Education, the governing board for the State's public elementary, secondary and vocational institutions as well as its teaching colleges. Today, Austin Peay State University is governed by two educational boards. What are they and how did they come to be created?
Answer: With the public higher education system growing rapidly, the General Assembly created in 1967 the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), which was charged with approving new programs and degrees. Because THEC had limited authority, in 1972 the General Assembly created the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to govern, manage and control all of Tennessee's public colleges and universities 9with the exception of the University of Tennessee). Though some have criticized the two-board governing system as duplicative and expensive, it remains in effect today.