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Board of Trustees approves new APSU mission, vision and values during winter meeting


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Friday, Dec. 3, the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt the University’s new mission, vision and values statements. The vote came after months of work by Austin Peay’s strategic planning committee, which sought student, employee and community input as part of the process.

“These statements will ground our understanding of who we are, where we’re going and how we’ll get there,” APSU President Mike Licari said.

The new statements are listed below.

This spring, the committee – chaired by Dannelle Whiteside, vice president for legal affairs and organizational strategy, and Dr. Emily Lean, professor of business, with assistance from research analyst Dr. Kathrine Bailey – will work at aligning the University’s strategic plan with the revised mission and vision. The updated strategic plan will be presented for the board’s approval during the summer meeting in June 2022.

New Bachelor of Science in National Security Studies    

On Friday, the board also unanimously approved moving forward with a new Bachelor of Science in National Security Studies. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) approved the new program last month, and after one more state approval, the APSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences will begin offering the degree this fall.

“This program, which can be completed both online and on ground, will be the very first of its kind in the state of Tennessee, in alliance with our new Institute for National Security and Military Studies,” Dr. Maria Cronley, APSU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said.

The Institute will oversee three areas of focus:

“That (degree) program will really provide the academic underpinning for the work of the institute, and I’m very pleased that it is finally happening,” Licari said.

Football Locker Room Project

The board, following a recommendation from its business and finance committee, also approved a privately-funded Football Locker Room Project.

“The football locker room is outdated and showing significant wear,” Marc Brunner, APSU director of capital planning, design and construction, said. “There are too few lockers available for our student-athletes. Several lockers are broken and beyond repair; and the flooring is no longer serviceable. In today’s recruiting world, it is imperative that we upgrade facilities in order to continue to attract and retain quality coaches and student athletes to APSU.” 

The project will include new lockers and flooring, along with electrical and cosmetic updates. The $750,000 project will be funded by private gifts.

Brunner said they will submit this project to THEC this April.

For more information on APSU’s Board of Trustees, visit www.apsu.edu/president/board-of-trustees.

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