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Hoppe requests help in countering rumors of campus closure

4/21/2002
April 22, 2002

Rumors that Austin Peay may close once again are circulating on campus, and Dr. Sherry Hoppe is asking help from faculty, staff and students in quashing them.

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor, she says. APSU may be financially down, but it is definitely not "out."

"Austin Peay, like every other public higher education institution in this state, is struggling to provide quality instruction and service despite inadequate resources. And, even though we have no choice but to make difficult personnel decisions in anticipation of a continuing decline in state resources, we are still financially solvent."

Hoppe notes that the University is recognized as a significant asset to the Middle Tennessee area and enjoys strong support at both the community and the state level.

"I have no doubt whatsoever that the state's commitment to Austin Peay is as strong as it has ever been," she says. "While the state expects us to operate within the financial constraints it gives us, no person in a position to approve such an action has ever suggested that we should be closed.

"Austin Peay is here to stay," she says emphatically and calls for faculty and staff to ignore the rumors and concentrate on building pride in the University.

"This is a fine university with outstanding faculty and staff. Help us spread the word."