Austin Peay State University
Former name
Austin Peay Normal School (1927–1943)
Austin Peay State College (1943–1967)
TypePublic university
Established1927; 96 years ago (1927)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$22 million[1]
PresidentMichael J. Licari[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, 182 acres (0.74 km2)
ColorsRed and white[5]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
ASUN Conference

Austin Peay State University (APSU) (/p/) is a public university in Clarksville, Tennessee. Standing on a site occupied by a succession of educational institutions since 1845, the precursor of the university was established in 1927 and named for then-sitting Governor Austin Peay, who is further honored with "Governors", the name of the university's athletic teams. Affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents, it is now governed by the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees as of May 2017. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and, in 2012, was the fastest-growing university in Tennessee.[6] In 2019, Austin Peay officially hit 11,000 students enrolled.

The Browning Building at Austin Peay State University



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Academics at Austin Peay are organized into six colleges, two schools, and 28 subordinate departments and offices:

College of Arts and Letters

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

College of Business

Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education

College of Graduate Studies

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

School of Technology and Public Management @ Fort Campbell

Buildings on the Campus

Buildings Prior to Austin Peay Normal School

The Castle Building was an impressive "three-storied structure of red brick, with towers, fretted battlements, and casement windows set in paneled wood...".[8]


Austin Peay Athletics logo

Main article: Austin Peay Governors

See also: Austin Peay Governors basketball and Austin Peay Governors football

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. June 30, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "APSU Board of Trustees names Dr. Michael Licari as University's 11th president". December 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  3. ^ As of Fall 2009 semester. "Faculty By Gender, Tenure Status, and Ethnicity" (PDF). 2009 Faculty Data. Austin Peay State University Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  4. ^ As of Fall 2009 semester. "Total Employees By Employment Status, Gender, and Ethnicity" (PDF). 2009 Employees Data. Austin Peay State University Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Retrieved December 3, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "APSU Governors Brand Identity" (PDF). May 30, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  6. ^ Green, Tavia. "Austin Peay State University continues growth, Nashville State opens doors". The Leaf Chronicle. Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. Retrieved December 28, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Canning, Rob (January 3, 2014). "APSU's Tim Hall Accepts Presidency at Mercy College". Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Old Distinctive Castle Building Has Romantic And Varied History" (PDF). The All State. November 22, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved February 23, 2022.

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