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Local entrepreneur and alumnus appointed development officer

9/10/2001
September 10, 2001

Rip Alan Watts is working collaboratively with Roy Gregory, executive director for University Advancement, and Dr. Sherry Hoppe to raise money for APSU.

Gregory said, “Rip has hit the ground running. In addition to his professional background and experiences, he brings great enthusiasm and energy to the job. For years, he was one of Austin Peay's most active alumni volunteers. Now he'll have the opportunity to work full time for the University he loves.

“Rip has enjoyed more than 19 successful years in sales. His ability to ‘close the deal' will be beneficial in his role as development officer for Austin Peay.”

Watts earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from APSU in 1975 and an associate degree in banking from Vanderbilt University in 1978.

Since 1984, he has owned and operated Rip Alan Watts Auto Sales, Clarksville. In 1994, he established R&B Investments, through which he became co-owner and manager of local real estate. In June 2000, he also became a dealer for Ryder Truck Rental.

From 1975-82, Watts was a banker with First National Bank, working his way up from collection department manager to branch manager to the assistant manager of the consumer loan department.

In addition to a high level of past involvement in the Jaycees, Watts' community activities include membership in the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and Madison Street United Methodist Church, where he serves on the financial committee. For the past three years, he has volunteered as a youth soccer coach and a youth assistant baseball coach.

He is a member of the APSU Governors Club and the President's Society. He and his wife established a scholarship at APSU in memory of their son. The Cameron Ford Watts Memorial Scholarship is given annually to disabled students. Watts has organized four annual golf scrambles with proceeds earmarked for the scholarship.

Watts and his wife, the former Sandra Ford, have two sons, Conner, 8, and Carson, 2.