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APSU Board of Trustees approves new strategic plan and 2022-23 FY budget


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Friday, June 10, the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt the University’s new five-year strategic plan. 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.

“I do want to make sure that I say thank you to Dannelle Whiteside (Strategic Planning Committee chair) and her team because a lot went into crafting this new strategic plan, and I’m very excited about the direction of this University,” APSU President Mike Licari said. “The whole campus is behind this plan, and as our tagline says – ‘The life you want begins at Austin Peay.’ I think that’s a great way to succinctly sum up what we’re trying to do here.”

The Experience Austin Peay 2022-2027 Strategic Plan was designed to help the institution become one of the region’s premier public universities by its 100th anniversary in 2027. The plan is divided into four areas, or pillars, with accompanying goals and objectives. The full plan is available here.

The plan’s pillars and goals include:

Pillar 1: The Academic Experience

Pillar 2: The Student Experience

Pillar 3: The Employee Experience

Pillar 4: The Community Experience

“The plan does reflect that we are a teaching-focused University, we are a student-centered University, and that we are a family, that we need to support and find ways for everyone here – students, faculty and staff – to be successful,” Licari said. “And as you know, I take our connection to the community very seriously, and that comes out loud and clear in this plan also.”

Budget and Capital Outlay

During Friday’s meeting, the board also unanimously approved the University’s $178 million budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year. Most of that money will fund instruction and student services for the next year.

The board also learned that next year, Austin Peay will send a request to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to transform portions of the Memorial Health Building into Student Success classrooms, labs and offices. That project will include renovation of about 40,000 square feet in that building, construction of a new 3,000-square-foot east entrance, and demolition of the nearby Marks Building.

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

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