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APSU officially opens new education center at Fort Campbell

Austin Peay State University today celebrated the grand opening of the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell facility with a brief ceremony.

APSU President Tim Hall and APFC Executive Director Bill Cox cut the ribbon on the new education facility on post.

Austin Peay State University today celebrated the grand opening of the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell facility with a brief ceremony.

A crowd of state and local dignitaries, members of the Fort Campbell, Ky., command group and APSU officials were on hand for the event. Dr. Sherry Hoppe, former APSU president, and Dr. Gerald Beavers, former executive director of the Fort Campbell Center, were among those attending. Both were involved in the initial planning stage of the building project.

The new classroom/office building is across the street from the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Army Education Center, Bastogne Avenue on post.

The project, approved by the State Building Commission in 2007, is unique in that, as far as can be determined, it marks the only time in history a state university has been granted permission to build an educational facility on federal property through a 25-year, long-term land lease with the U.S. Army, with an option to renew for an additional 25 years.

At the English Education Center, APSUwhich has the highest enrollment of the four institutions offering classes on posthad filled to capacity all of its available classroom seats. APSU will use the same number of rooms in the English Education Center, but the new facility provides six additional classrooms, laboratory space and faculty offices.

Architects with Rufus Johnson Associates designed the new $3.4 million building. The University paid for the construction with bonds from the Tennessee State School Bond Authority. A&K Construction, Paducah, Ky., built the facility. -- Melony Shemberger