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APSU's 9th president to be installed April 2

Although Timothy L. Hall assumed the presidency of Austin Peay State University Aug. 1, 2007, the official inauguration ceremony is slated for 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Due to limited seating in the Concert Hall, the inauguration will be simulcast in Clement Auditorium and carried live on WAPX-FM, Magic 91.9.
Following the invocation by Kenneth Brown, installation chaplain at Fort Campbell, Ky., there will be a musical performance by the Chamber Singers.
Although Timothy L. Hall assumed the presidency of Austin Peay State University Aug. 1, 2007, the official inauguration ceremony is slated for 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Due to limited seating in the Concert Hall, the inauguration will be simulcast in Clement Auditorium and carried live on WAPX-FM, Magic 91.9.
Following the invocation by Kenneth Brown, installation chaplain at Fort Campbell, Ky., there will be a musical performance by the Chamber Singers.

Dr. Timothy Winters, professor of the classics and president of Faculty Senate, will offer a welcome and introduce platform guests. Retired Professor of English Malcolm Glass will give a poetry reading.

Greetings will be given by:
*The state of Tennessee-The Hon. John Morgan, comptroller of the Treasury
*The county of Montgomery-The Hon. Carolyn Bowers, mayor
*The city of Clarksville- The Hon. Johnny Piper, mayor
*101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky.-Col. Richard W. Thomas, commander, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
*The Tennessee Higher Education Commission-The Hon. Richard Rhoda, executive director
*Members of the Clarksville community-Rev. Jimmy Terry, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
*Alumni-Dr. Robert Patton, president-elect of the APSU National Alumni Association
*Faculty-Dr. Loretta Griffy, associate professor of math and vice president of the Faculty Senate
*Staff-Steve Wilson, president of the Staff Council
*Students-Bryan Huffman, president of the Student Government Association

Dr. David Denton, interim provost, will give the Charge from the University.

Dr. Carolyn Ellis Staton, University of Mississippi provost, will give the Charge from the higher education community.

Dr. Charles Manning, TBR chancellor, will conduct the investiture ceremony, the presentation of the presidential medallion and the pledge of office, after which Hall will give the presidential address.

Following Hall's address, the inaugural ceremony will conclude with the singing of the Alma Mater and recessional.

Hall came to APSU from the University of Mississippi, where he was associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

A Texas native, Hall earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Houston, graduating summa cum laude. He completed two years of graduate religious studies at Rice University before entering the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, where he was articles editor for the Texas Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, the nation's top legal honor society. He earned a doctorate of jurisprudence in 1983.

In 1989, after working as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals and a trial lawyer for an Austin law firm, Hall joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Law, rising to the rank of full professor in 2001.

While still teaching, Hall began assuming several key administrative roles: He directed both a summer legal program at Downing College in Cambridge, England and the University of Mississippi's First-Year Orientation program.

In 2002, he was named associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 2005, he was chosen to lead a $60 million capital campaign for a new law school. After that successful effort, Hall was asked to lead another campaign to raise $25 million to establish residential colleges. Before the task was complete, Hall applied for the APSU post.

Hall's first semester at APSU was one of listening. During Fall 2007, he hosted more than 60 listening sessions with students, faculty, staff and community members. Simultaneously, Hall began to make it known that he is committed to the increased engagement and success of students. Already, myriad student-centric initiatives have been launched with his support.

Because Hall spent the majority of his academic career as a classroom teacher and scholar, he is dedicated to finding new ways to support faculty work and encourage the traditionally close relationship between faculty and students at APSU.

Hall and his wife, Lee, have two children: Daughter, Amy, 17, is a junior at Clarksville Academy, and their son, Ben, 21, is a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. -- Dennie B. Burke