APSU Board of Trustees approves grad certificates, honors University supporters
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APSU Board of Trustees approves grad certificates, honors University supporters

Board members(Posted June 26, 2018)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – During its June meeting, the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees approved six new graduate certificates, which will be offered through the APSU College of Graduate Studies this fall. Earlier this year, the University began offering graduate education programs, providing working professionals with the training and credentials they need to enhance and elevate their careers.

The new programs are:

Five APSU supporters also were recognized during the board meeting for their dedication and service to the University. Earlier this year, the APSU Board of Trustees voted to create three new awards—the APSU Philanthropist of the Year Award, the Govs Who Lead Through Military Service Award and the Govs Who Lead Through Service Award. During its June meeting, the board named the inaugural recipients of these awards.

Doug (’79) and Linda Downey were named the APSU Philanthropist of the Year recipients. The Downeys recently gave a transformational gift to the University’s baseball program, and they supported the athletics department’s newly created Victory Fund. In April, the couple contributed the lead gift to that department during the University’s annual #GovsGive Campaign.

Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey (’77), the former Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices and Operations for the U.S. Marine Corps, was named this year’s Govs Who Lead Through Military Service Award recipient. During his impressive career, Bailey oversaw the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, served as deputy commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, served as director of the Expeditionary Warfare School and was assigned as the Commandant of the Marine Corps National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The board also named James and Mark (’87) Holleman as the Govs Who Lead Through Service Award winners. James served as president and chairman of the APSU foundation’s executive committee, and he helped form the investment committee to oversee the growth of the foundation and University endowments. He has served continuously on the foundation since it began in the mid-1980s. He and his late wife, Christa, established the James G. and Christa Holleman Endowment in the College of Business, and he is a member of the APSU Legacy Planned Giving Society.

His son, Mark, is also a long-standing member of the foundation. He and his wife, Ricki, are members of the APSU Tower Club and supporters of two of the University’s most significant campaigns—the Stadium Improvement Project and the Mabry Concert Hall Celebration. Since serving on the APSU Foundation, Mark has advanced from president to chairman. Mark recently sold the family home place on Home Avenue to APSU to support the University’s need for continual expansion.

All five individuals will receive their awards at a later date.

Aerial of campus

The board also approved a 2.87 percent tuition increase and a 3.53 percent increase in mandatory fees for the 2018-19 academic year. In November, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recommended a 3 percent increase for tuition and fees for the state’s public higher education institutions. Austin Peay’s total increase in tuition and fees does not exceed the 3 percent recommendation from THEC.

Information about the June meeting is available online at https://www.apsu.edu/president/board-of-trustees/board-meeting-schedule-and-materials.php.