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Fri, 04.22.1927

Austin Peay State University founded

On this date in 1927 Austin Peay State University was founded.

Named in honor of Gov. Austin Peay, who served Tennessee from 1923-1927, Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive state-assisted university with an enrollment of 7,500 students.  It is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the state. Austin Peay offers a full range of academic programs at the associate, baccalaureate and masters’ degree levels in the arts and sciences and selected professional programs.

Among its many points of distinction, it is the designated state university for the liberal arts, has centers of excellence in creative arts and in field biology, and has endowed chairs of excellence in creative arts, business, free enterprise and nursing.  An integral part of Clarksville, Tennessee, located 45 minutes northwest of Nashville, the University has experienced rapid growth during the last decade.

With its predominant Georgian architecture, Austin Peay’s 200-acre campus is laid out in the classic Jeffersonian style, with large open spaces and a main quadrangle.

The Encyclopedia Britannica, Twenty-fourth Edition.
Copyright 1996 Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
ISBN 0-85229-633-0


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