Pellissippi State Community College
Former names
State Technical Institute at Knoxville
TypePublic community college
Established1974; 48 years ago (1974)
Parent institution
Tennessee Board of Regents
Endowment$11.9 million (2020)[1]
PresidentAnthony Wise
United States
ColorsBlue and yellow
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Pellissippi State Community College (Pellissippi State) is a public community college based in Knox and Blount counties in Tennessee. It is operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The college's main campus is located in west Knox County. There are four satellite campuses in the surrounding area. Pellissippi State was named Pellissippi State Technical Community College until July 1, 2009. It is the successor to the former State Technical Institute at Knoxville ("STIK"), founded in 1974.


Pellissippi State Community College operates five campuses, as of Spring 2021, spread across the Knox County and Blount County area, including:


The precursor to Pellissippi State, State Technical Institute at Knoxville, was established on September 4, 1974. The original school was added on as a wing to the Knoxville State Regional Vocational-Technical School and intended to simply provide post-educational vocational training to area residents. However, at the backing of the newly seated director Colonel John C. Mauer, the Tennessee State Board of Vocational Education soon took over governance of the school, providing three associate's degree programs in engineering technology to 45 students on the first day of classes, September 23, 1974.

STIK received its initial accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1977, under the leadership of the first school president, Dr. Wayne Jones, and six years later, on July 1, 1983, STIK became a member of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, thereby transferring governance of the school to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Jill Biden meeting faculty at Pellissippi State Community College in 2015.
Jill Biden meeting faculty at Pellissippi State Community College in 2015.

In 1986 the campus was moved to its current location, on a 445-acre (1.80 km2) plot in west Knox County near Pellissippi Parkway. Initially, STIK shared the campus with Roane State Community College. In 1988, however, the school's mission was broadened to include that of a technical community college, adding numerous university-parallel associate degree programs, changing its name to Pellissippi State Technical Community College, and absorbing the space occupied by Roane State.[2]

A hot air balloon festival was held at the campus from 2004 to 2011.[3]

Origin of name

Pellissippi (also spelled "Pelisipi") appears on early maps as the name of the Clinch River.

Students and faculty

Pellissippi State employs about 185 full-time faculty, 265 adjunct faculty, 231 staff members, while serving over 10,000 students, between 100 and 150 of whom are classified as international.

Notable alumni

Notable people who attended the college include:


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ College history Archived 2008-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, Roane State Community College website (accessed February 29, 2008)
  3. ^ "Pellissippi State ending balloon festival". Knoxville News Sentinel. June 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "Representatives - TN General Assembly".
  5. ^ Arnold, Gage. "The Demetrice Morley Story". Bleacher Report.
  6. ^ "Representatives - TN General Assembly".

Coordinates: 35°56′52″N 84°09′59″W / 35.94772°N 84.16635°W / 35.94772; -84.16635