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Hoppe makes history

February 5, 2001

On Jan. 30, 2001, Dr. Sherry L. Hoppe became Austin Peay's eighth president by unanimous vote of the Tennessee Board of Regents. She had served as interim president since February 2000, coming to APSU from a 12-year presidency at Roane State Community College.

History was made when Hoppe became the APSU president:

*She is the University's first woman president.

*Along with a female administrator from the University of Kentucky who was named University of Memphis president during the same TBR meeting, Hoppe is one of the first two women to head a four-year university in the TBR-the sixth largest system of higher education in the United States.

*Within Tennessee, she is the first person ever to move directly from the presidency of a community college to the presidency of a four-year university.

In an interview with Michael Cass in "The Tennessean," Hoppe outlined her initial goals as president:

*Launch APSU's first major fund-raising campaign, which will tie into the University 75th anniversary celebration next year;
*Investigate ways to capitalize on Austin Peay's distinctive mission as the state's designated liberal arts university;
*Develop more online degree programs; and
*Work to raise faculty and staff salaries, which, as she told Cass, are "just not acceptable."

Hoppe earned an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; both her bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.