Instant Peay Play: New Era starts today for Austin Peay as new president officially assumes duties
Clarksville, TN – In the history, or timeline, of any university there are mileposts that dot the progress of that institution over the years and Austin Peay is no different.
One of those events will occur June 30th, as Alisa White will assume the leadership role of president of the university – taking over for Tim Hall, who served in that capacity the past seven years.
White, who was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents on June 2nd, comes to Clarksville after serving as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler.
This will be her first appointment as a university president in her career in higher education, which began in 1988 as an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her first in the state of Tennessee.
But it will be a homecoming of sorts, with White earning her bachelor’s degree in Lee College – which is now Lee University, in Cleveland, TN – and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
The next few months will be interesting, as the university community and the Clarksville area as a whole watches to see what path White will lead APSU on and what early impressions she will have in the community.
One of the most interesting to watch will be the athletic department, who barely a year ago underwent a major change with Derek van der Merwe taking over as athletics director June 5th, 2013 from Dave Loos – who remains as head men’s basketball coach.
Will White be as big a proponent of athletics as Hall was? How will her and van der Merwe mesh, with van der Merwe still putting his mark of the department with the rebranding that has been going on with the new logo, department website among other things that have transpired in the past 12 months.
Only time will tell, but hopefully President White will follow as a strong proponent of Governors and Lady Govs athletics as much as Hall did as president.