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How to reach the School?

At the railroad station, ring main 1385, board any ingoing car to the transfer station. Out of the transfer station take the Jefferson Street car and go to the end of the line. The school is about 15 minutes walk from this point. Students notifying us before hand of exact time, and depot of arrival will be met at the station. Rooms are so limited that a deposit of $6.00 for first term should be made to secure reservation of a room.  Bulletin Tennessee Agricultural and State Normal School, Volume 3, Number 8, August 1917, p. 17

How to Matriculate?

Go to the recorder¨s office and fill out a registration card. Assignment of studies and class will then be made by the Committee on Classification. The chairman of this committee or some authority will give the student an entrance card which after all fees have been paid to the bookkeeper will admit the holder to classes assigned on his card. All needed textbooks and stationary may be purchased from the recorder.  .  Bulletin Tennessee Agricultural and State Normal School, Volume 6, Number 4-5, August 1917, p. 19


School  Spirit

One of the arresting features of this period was the  pioneer work done by both teachers and students. A spirit of togetherness seemed to impel everyone to contribute, in whatever way possible, to all phases of the school¨s development. The ^campus ̄ was barren, rocky and ungraded. Each student, under the supervision of a faculty member, performed one hour of duty work daily. They cleared rocks from the surface of the campus, graded and planted flowers, and shrubbery, harvested crops, husked corn, made molasses, and assisted generally with the maintenance of the buildings, and grounds. In this connection, it is interesting to observe that students were assigned to the ^rock pile ̄ for varying numbers of hours of work for misconduct and/or infractions of school regulations. When the day¨s class work was completed, members of the faculty would assist in the dining hall by helping to serve meals and clear the dishes. They also helped to clear and beautify the campus and harvest crops on the school¨s farm. Indeed, early in the first year of school¨s operation, the faculty planned and assisted in a ^Clean Up Day ̄ designed to beautify the buildings and grounds. Subsequently, there were several such days on which all members of the faculty and student body cooperated in improving the appearance of the campus. Lloyd, Raymond Grann, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University, 1912-1962. P. 18


News Items from  A Time-Line Chronology of the Tennessee A&I State College Campus 1909-1951, compiled by Lois C. McDougald, January 1981 - 1911

January 1911 - Ben H. Carr, Head of the Citizens Organization which grew out of the Normal and Agricultural Association, brought Normal School to Nashville. 

Unconfirmed rumor, ^ professor  W. J. Hall of Chattanooga, best known educator of the State, will be the president of the Normal School.

Governor Patterson and Mayor Howse took the ^bull by the horns ̄ and with the work of Ben H. Carr get Normal School for Nashville.

April  14, 1911 - The State Board of Education lets bids for three buildings for the Normal School. Moses McKissack, the only Negro architect, ran third in the bidding. The Normal School will be located on Zollicoffer Hill at the end of Jefferson Street.

May 5, 1911 - Director of Industry at Normal School is highly elated over State Board¨s purchase of the Miss Clara Hanley¨s Farm on Cumberland River. The farm has three residences including the residence of Miss Hanley.


June 18, 1912 - First summer school session at the Normal School. There will be five recitations per week for three weeks in order to gain credit toward the State Normal diploma. Contributions: Davidson County- $80,000; Nashville- $20,000; State of Tennessee- $75,000.

June 21, 1912 - Ben H. Carr- the man who made Hadley Park a possibility.

September 12, 1912 - First issue of the State Normal School Bulletin.

September 20, 1912 - State Normal School opens with 300 students. The principal speaker was professor J. W. Brewster, State Superintendent  of Public Instruction. Short addresses were made by J.C. Napier, S.P. Harris, Negro Councilman of the Third Ward, Professor F.G. Smith, principal of pearl High School and others.

October 4, 1912 - Athletic team organized at Normal School.

November 22, 1912 - Our watchwords are ^ Think, Work, Serve ̄- W.J. Hale President

Entrance Requirements in 1913

Admission- The Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School is open to both sexes of the Negro race. Its complete facilities are free to all Tennessee students. There are no tuition charges and the only fee collected is a registration fee of two dollars for each term,  twelve weeks, and one dollar for those attending the Summer term.  Students who do not reside in Tennessee are charged a tuition fee of six dollars a term, in addition to the regular registration fee, which must be paid in advance. Applicants for admission to the boarding department must be at least 15 years of age.

Moral Character- Testimonials of good character will be required of applicants. None but worthy persons will be tolerated. This is no reform school. No one should think of becoming a teacher or leader, and the state is under obligation for the professional training of no one who is not qualified to exert a wholesome moral influence upon the lives of children.

Text Books and Credentials- Students should bring such textbooks as they last used, but should also be supplies with four or five dollars, in addition to the registration fee, to purchase such books as may be needed immediately and for incidentals. New pupils should bring any diplomas , certificates or report cards in their possession showing character of work done in schools previously attended. Since students are required to attend Sunday School and other religious exercises, each is advised to possess a Bible.

Scholastic Requirements- A knowledge of common and decimal fractions, ability to read fairly well, and to compose and write a letter in a legible hand are necessary to enter. Students who have finished high school courses of less than four years may be given advanced credit. For admission to the Normal and professional courses, graduation from an approved high school or equivalent scholarship is required.   If the student has done College work, just credit will be given for all the scholarship the applicant may possess, but the diploma of the Normal school will not be awarded for less than one year¨s residence work.

What to Bring- Boarders in the school should bring 1 pillow, 3 pillow slips, 2 pairs of sheets, 1 blanket, 1 comfort, 1 bed-spread, 3 table napkins, 6 towels, 1 toothbrush, toilet soap, 1 napkin ring, 1 drinking glass; rubbers, umbrella, rain coat; something to beautify the room-pictures, sash curtains and doilies for dresser, table and washstand.

Clothing- Simplicity, neatness and economy in matters of dress by our students of both sexes will be insisted upon. In line with this idea a uniform has been adopted for the young women, consisting of a uniform dress and hat. Boarding students especially will be expected to wear the uniform. It may be purchased through the school at a saving of at least one-third of the retail price.
Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial Normal School. Volume 1, Number 4,  pages 18-21, July 1913


January 16, 1913 - Formal dedication of the Colored State Normal School held in the chapel at 2p.m. Governor Ben W. Hooper was the principal speaker. Mayor Howse, ^no truer friend did the negro have, ̄ attended and made remarks. Others in attendance were: J.W. Brewster, State Superintendent of Education, a special committee of the State Assembly, the Association of School Officers in the State (in session in Nashville) attended as a body, Mr. S.P. Harris, Councilman of the Third Ward, represented the colored citizens, the Colored Board of Trade, and representatives of all colleges were in attendance.

May 9, 1913 - Ben H. Carr and officials of the Street Railway discuss plans for extending streetcar services to the Normal School Campus.

May 23, 1913 - First Annual Commencement at State Normal School. The baccalaureate sermon was preached by Rev. W.S. Ellington, pastor of First Baptist Church (East Nashville). The subject of his sermon was ^ A Noble Purpose ̄. A solo was rendered by Miss Ruth Allison.

October 10, 1913 - President Hale ^ a Benedict ̄-takes one of Nashville¨s fair ladies as his bride. Miss Hattie Hodgkins caught in his net! Dean C.W. Morrow of Fisk University performed the ceremony.

November 28, 1913 - Football! State Normal 35; Burrell Academy 0! Joe and James Vaughn were members of the Normal team.


^ There is no parallel case to the great progress of such a school, as has been accomplished by President Hale in so short time. ̄  Dr. Booker T. Washington,  1913

^ The institution is one which has already made its mark in the State, and is destined to accomplish a wonderful work for the Negroes of the State and the South. ̄  Governor B. W. Hooper, 1913

^ It is our hope that this school will in time be for Tennessee what Hampton and Tuskegee are for the nation. We shall be greatly disappointed if it does not measure up to this. Your buildings and grounds are the most- choice in the State, and your architectural designs are the best we have seen. ^   S.H. Thompson, State Board of Education, 1913.

Events on Campus-  1913-1914

December 18th- ^The Village Black Smith, ̄ an operetta rendered by the A and I student body, and assisted by the Meharry  Orchestra.

February 11th- Professor Edward Brigham of New York, appeared in song and dramatic recital.

March 20th- Mrs. J.W. Work of Fisk University charmed the student body and Faculty with her beautiful rendition of ^ You May Bury me in the East. ̄

March 22nd- On Easter Sunday at 3:30pm, a large audience assembled in the A and I auditorium to hear the rendition of ^ Easter Message ̄ by the Coleridge Taylor Choral Society.

March 26th- Mr. W.A. Hunton, International Secretary of the YMCA addressed the A and I YMCA.

March 31st- Among the most delightful events of the season was the song recital by Roland Hayes of Chattanooga, accompanied by Miss Beatrice Lewis of Nashville, Tennessee.
Outreach- 1914

Realizing the needs of our Colored farmers and their relation to the Teachers of the State, we have decided that during the last two days of the A and I State Normal  summer school, a Farmers¨ Congress will be held; the object of which is to instruct the Colored farmers in the latest and most improved methods of agriculture, horticulture, etc, and to teach them what can be done on a small track of land by proper cultivation, moderate fertilization and due rotation of crops, and to awaken an interest in the industrial development of the County and State generally. In due time a program will be sent to the farmers of the county setting forth the subjects to be discussed and those who are to take part. It is earnestly hoped that every farmer who is interested in better farming or richer land may be present.
Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial Normal School, Volume 2, Number 2, page 9, May 14, 1914

Speakers and Visitors Fall and Winter Terms, 1913-1914
  • Hon. Ben Hooper, Governor

  • Rev. N.H Pius, Baptist Publishing House, Nashville

  • Rev. R.H. Boyd, Baptist Publishing House, Nashville

  • Mrs. Ella Shepherd Moore, Nashville

  • Rev. Arthur G. Coombs, Rector, Holy trinity, Nashville

  • Prof. Hardy Keith, Director, Manual Training, Public School, Nashville

  • Mrs. J.C. Napier, Washington and Nashville

  • Rev. L.E.  McNair, Moore Memorial Church, Nashville

  • Dr. G.U. Daly, Chicago, Illinois

  • Dr. C.W. Roman, Nashville

  • Dr. J.H. Hale, Nashville

  • Supt. S.H. Thompson, Sup. Public Instruction, Nashville

  • Mr. W.A. Hunton, International Secretary YMCA

  • Mrs. Geo Haynes, Fisk University, Nashville

  • Prof Wm. L. Rocks, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Supt. O.L. McMahan, Cocke County, Tennessee

  • Supt. M.L. McDonald, Scott County, Tennessee

  • Supt. J.W. McPeak, White County, Tennessee

  • President R.L. Jones, State Normal, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  • Rev. N.D. Shambourger, Clark memorial, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Hon. A.W. Akers, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Rev. W.S. Ellington, First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Mr. W.T. B. Williams, Hampton, Virginia

  • Mr. C. E. Butterick, New York

  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jesse Jones, Washington, D.C.

  • Mr. Maxwell Hasen, Washington, D.C.

  • Dr. Carey Morgan, Nashville

  • Rev. J.C. Caldwell, Nashville

  • Dr. Geo E. Haynes, Fisk university, Nashville

  • Mrs. D. Wellington Berry, Nashville

  • Mrs. Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Alabama

  • Mdme. Azalia Hackley, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Mr. Richard Harrison, Ohio

  • Dr. J. B. Singleton, nashville

Special Events- 1916

Visit of U.S. Commissioner, P.P. Claxton - ^ The Honorable P.P. Claxton while in Nashville during the session of the summer school took a few hours of his valuable time to stop in and address the members of the summer school. He especially emphasized the importance of a thorough preparation for the rural teacher and the importance of his position and responsibilities to the community. The great number of rural teachers in attendance were made to feel more than ever that their endeavors were appreciated by the person at the head of the educational work of our country. His address also impressed them with the necessity of availing themselves of every opportunity to improve their store of knowledge.

Visits of Superintendent Sherrill - The Honorable S.W. Sherrill has paid the school several visits during the year just closed, both during the regular and summer sessions. In his talks Supt. Sherrill has impressed upon the student body the necessity of having an intelligent citizenship throughout the south, not only the need of intelligence but also the need of thrift and has impressed upon our student body the fact the the Negro is a part of the south and he must play his part in the development of the laden treasures, by educating himself to fir into the industrial scheme of the south. Talks from such an experienced educator as Supt. Sherrill are always helpful to a student body.

Visits of Governor Rye - Governor Tom C. Rye although he has not been able to address the student body during the past session has made several visits to the school and has manifested great interest in the growth and development of the school.

Visit of Mayor Ewing - The Honorable Robert Ewing, Mayor of the city of Nashville, paid the school a visit and was very enthusiastic about the work of the school and especially the agricultural work. He expressed the opinion that agriculture pursued along a scientific line was the hope of the south.

Visit of Negro Editors - The national Association of Negro Newspaper  men during their session here in the city, paid a visit as a body to the school and the student body was addressed by representatives who were chosen by Honorable H. A. Boyd who acted as master of ceremonies. The editors emphasized the necessity of supporting negro publications.

Visit of the National Association of teachers in Negro Schools - During the sessions of the National Association of teachers in Negro Schools a visit as a body was paid to the State Normal where the body was entertained in State Normal style.

Press Notes- 1917

^ Negro Normal Found Doing Good Work. - Legislators Visit State Institute at Nashville. Surprised at Progress. Low Price of Food for Students. Raising of Large Amount of Food on School Ground is Proved by Committee. ̄  Knoxville Commercial Appeal

Nashville, Tennessee. February 2 - ^  The legislative Educational Investigation Committee spent Friday in investigating the Negro Normal School near this city. The members of the committee seemed well satisfied with prevailing conditions. The committee was accompanied on its trip by Prof. P.L. Harned, President of State Board of Education and Prof. L.A. Lignon, member of the same board.  Special to Commercial Appeal

February 11, 1917 - State Negro Normal-  ^The unofficial report of the Legislative Educational Investigation Committee made after its visit to the State Normal School for Negroes at Nashville, presided over by W. J. Hale, formerly of this city, attests in the amplest terms the value of the institution as a part of the educational system of the state.  The committee, we are told, expressed gratified surprise at the manner in which the school was being conducted and each member declared it to be the best investment the state had ever made for the advancement of the wellbeing of the Negro. ̄ Editorial from Chattanooga Times

March 11, 1917- Recommendations of the Legislative Investigation Committee- ^ The Industrial and Agricultural Normal new dormitories and equipment. This school has grown from 250 pupils to 1,246 in five years. The street car line should be extended to the school and city limit should be extended to the school so as to give police and fire protection. ̄   Tennessean-American

Visit paid to Normal. Legislators well pleased with institution. 1917 - ^ Members of the State legislature visited the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School for Negroes yesterday afternoon, made a minute inspection of the institution and were served dinner prepared by the students of the Domestic Science Department.  One hundred and eighty senators, representatives and also number of the clerks, sergeant-at-arms, and other attaches at the capitol went out to the institution.  Speaker Clyde Shropshire of the House, was first speaker called on, and delivered a most encouraging address.  ` This, my second visit to your institution has been a revelation to me indeed. I hardly thought that such improvements could be made in just two years. The people of the South owe to you every aid and encouragement.¨   Tennessean-American

The Negro Normal- July 17, 1917 - ^ The commencement exercises for the first half of the summer term of the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School for Negroes, held Thursday evening last, were all particular interest and significance.  This because of the fact that a large class of some 35 men and women who have already been teaching came to the institution to further  perfect themselves in their profession, and that on a full examination they received their diplomas for doing this additional finishing work in the manner required by the institution.  The class has its motto ` Service ` and the members have a very honorable record of service already rendered, and these further efforts towards perfection are much to their honor. ̄  Editorial, Tennessean-American


May 24, 1918 - Professor W. J. hale was re-elected President of A&I State Normal School. 

October 25, 1918 - Military training for State Normal students- a unit of the Student Training Corp has been established on the Normal Campus.


The government has recently established at the school a branch of the ROTC, of which all male students are members; special privileges are granted students who complete the ROTC. The school has a complete army equipment consisting of suits, guns, ammunition, etc., which are furnished free to students. The first military drill was conducted be Lieutenant Grant Stewart, January 29, 1919. On may 29, 1919, the physical training and ROTC exercises were held on campus.


June 7, 1920 - Industrial training: Industrial training is given to all students. By means of it, the student will find pleasure in bodily labor and respect for it, form habit or order.

Religious Training - The school, although a state institution, does not neglect the religious life of the student. Sunday school is held each Sabbath morning. Services are held every first and third Sundays. Vesper services are held each Sunday afternoon for one hour.



Shelby County C An Appreciation - We wish to mention another incident in the history of the Summer School, namely the whole hearted support given by Shelby County and Memphis. Led by principals and supervisors, this county registered almost 100 percent for State Normal. Throughout the session they have been very conspicuous by their presence in every activity pertaining to the welfare of the institution. As a surprising climax to their numerous evidences of real interest in the institution they presented the school twenty-four beautiful rostrum chairs and a speaker¨s stand at the close of the Shelby County Day Exercises, July 12. This session will long be remembered as a banner year for State Normal School, with Shelby County as its chief sponsor.  Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, Volume 9, Number 12, p. 64-65, August 1923

Alumni Association - The Alumni Association of the school was reorganized with a constructive program at its annual business session during Commencement Week, 1923. The following  officers were elected: C.C. Purdy, Nor. ¨22, President; Ms. Rebecca Davis, Nor. ¨16, Vice President;  Ms. Susie C. Brown, Nor. ¨22, Secretary; R. B. Campbell, Executive and Corresponding Secretary; Ms. Alvin E. Logan, Nor. 22, Assistant to the Executive Secretary; G. W. Senters, Ag. ¨15, Treasurer.  As the old constitution of the Association have been  lost for sometime , a new one was adopted, which though simple is yet very comprehensive and will form the basic law of the organization from now on.  The Alumni Association went on record as having endorsed the erection of a stadium as a gift to our Alma mater. A committee is now working on the ways and means and will report its findings at an early date.   Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, Volume 9, Number 12, p. 64-65, August 1923


Inter-racial League of Tennessee - The executive office of the Inter-racial League of Tennessee is located at the College. The President of Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College gives his personal supervision to this department of extension and is president of the Inter-racial league of Tennessee. The aim of the Inter-racial league of Tennessee is to help to a better understanding and to a truer and wider conception of the most important factors in community life and carry on a definite program whereby the two races can live side by side in peace in the same communities.  Bulletin, Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College, Volume 14, Number 12, p.24, August 1926.

Summer Session of 1926 - The College looked forward with considerable anxiety  as to the outcome of the first twelve weeks¨ session. In view of the fact that so many of the county schools opened during the latter part of July, it was feared that this would handicap our work on this double session plan; however, many of the teachers who desired to spend to spend twelve weeks in professional improvement came at the beginning of the last half of the Spring Quarter and by remaining the first six weeks, that is until July 9, were able to complete satisfactorily twelve weeks of work. The second six weeks began July 12 and continued until August 20. The big surprise in the Summer Session was that such a large percentage of the teachers remained over from the first session to pursue work during the second session, in spite of the fact that the weather was unusually warm and that the teachers were somewhat weary from their year¨s work. Taking both sessions, the 1926 Summer School marks the largest registration of students in the history of the College. Possibly the most notable feature of the Summer Session was the enthusiasm aroused among the teachers in the matter of raising the $65,000 to supplement the building fund of the College. Sections and counties were organized to work out a definite system whereby all colored citizens of the State will be given opportunity to contribute to this worthy memorial to the teachers of the State of Tennessee.  .  Bulletin, Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College, Volume 14, Number 12, p.77-78, August 1926.


The institution changed its name to Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College.

June 1927 - Commissioner  P. L. Harned, Tennessee State Commissioner of Education, in whose honor the students of A&I State College recently voted to name the new science and college hall.

June 1927 - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Negro historian, addressed the students on  ^ the Negro in American History ̄.

June 1927 - The Nashville Branch of the Study of Negro Life and History was formed on Friday, June 24, 1927 in the Memorial Library. Dr. Carter G. Woodson was present. Professor George W. Gore was elected president.

September 1927 - Tennessee State College is offering late afternoon, evening and extension work for teachers, nurses, commercial workers, social workers, ministers and other qualified groups.

October 11, 1927 - Standards: President hale made the announcement that the old standard mark of 70 percent had been abolished and that it is now necessary to maintain a general average of 80 percent in order to graduate from any department in the institution.

Tennessee State College breaks enrollment record (700 students). The student body is the most representative of the new Negro in the South.


Books - The College has its own Book Store which sells high school books at the State adopted price and College books at cost. Supplies of various kinds can also be purchased at the Book Store eliminating, in many cases, the necessity for students having to go to town for needed supplies. The cost of High School books and supplies is approximately as follows: First year, $7.00; Second Year, $7.50; Third Year, $7.50; Fourth Year, $8.00. The cost of College books and supplies yearly approximate: Two Year College, $10.00; Four year College, $15.00. Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, Volume 16, number 12, p.24, August 1928.

Paying Bills -  All day students must pay their accounts in full at the beginning of each quarter. No boarder will be permitted to pay less than forty dollars at the beginning of each quarter. Parents and guardians are requested to send money for students¨ bills directly to  the College to insure the money being properly applied on students¨ expenses. Make all cashier¨s checks, money orders and expense accounts payable to AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL STATE COLLEGE. Receipts will be mailed promptly. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, Volume 16, number 12, p.25, August 1928.

January 1928 - Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and staunch supporter of the Negro education was the unknown donor of $2,000 to the book fund of the library.


March 1929 - The general Assembly voted to give A&I College an annual appropriation of $165,000 for the next biennial period.

July 1929 - Dr. W.E.B. DuBois of New York City, editor of the Crisis, spoke to the students and faculty in July, 1929.

October 1929 - One thousand students enrolled for fall quarter with a waiting list for the winter quarter. Freshmen class numbered more than two hundred students.

October 1929 - First seal of Tennessee A&I State College appeared in the October, 1929 issue of the Bulletin.

December 1929 - Tennessee state College boasts of the distinction of having the only woman editor of a newspaper in Tennessee in the person of Miss Mary E. Vaughn. Miss Vaughn is editor of the Murfreesboro Union.


February 1930 - President W.J. Hale to receive Harmon Award. The Harmon Award in Education carries with it a gold medal and an honorarium of $400.00. WLAC Radio will broadcast the Harmon Award program. Dr. William Russell, Dean of Teachers College, will present the award on the A&I campus, February 18, 1930.

A new publication, The Tennessee Agricultural News-herald, edited by professor W.W. Lawson, made its appearance on campus during January.

July 1930 - The Ayeni, the 1930 yearbook, was admitted to membership in the National Scholastic Press Association. A&I had issued yearbooks in 1924 and 1926 under the name The Radio.

The Tennessee A&I College had an enrollment of over 2,000 students for the four quarters 1929-30 and a faculty of over 50 teachers.

October 1930 - Graduate Requirements- Four year course for teachers leading to the B.S. degree total of 198 hours including 36-60 hours in a major.


December 1931 - State College alumnus writes medical textbook. Dr. E. F. Alleyne ¨26, published A Demonstrative Quiz-Course in Obstetrics and Allied Subjects.


November 18, 1932 - The first Ivy Leaf Club on A&I campus was organized. Miss Lois H. Daniel was elected president.


February 27-28 - A&I State College was admitted into the American Association of Teachers Colleges. The action was taken at the Minneapolis meeting of the Association. 

April 1933 - The general Assembly of Tennessee corrected what might have been a grave injustice to A&I State College by raising the adjusted annual  salary of the President from $2,000 to $2,700 thus placing it on a parity with that of the presidents of the three white state colleges. The Tennessean stated that Rep. Walter M. Haynes corrected the injustice.


January 28, 1935 - The Pan-Hellenic Council was organized on A&I College¨s campus.  Mr. Oscar Jackson was elected president. Mr. William Gupton was a member of the Constitutional Committee.

February 8, 1935 - Tennessee State College opened its 8th Extension School  at Howard High School in Chattanooga. Miss. Zelma Watson and Mr. A. V. Boswell, of the A&I faculty will serve as lecturers.

February 1935 - Tennessee State College celebrated Negro History Week with a series of programs. Miss  Zelma Watson delivered a number of lectures on the ^Negro in Our History. ̄

May 1935 - Tennessee A&I College dedicated six new buildings: Practice Hall, Administration and Health, Men¨s Hall (East), Hale Hall, Wilson Hall, and Science Hall (Harned).

June 26-27, 1935 - The high school principals of the State held their 4th Annual Session on campus under the direction of Mr. W.E. Turner and Mr. Dudley Tanner.

October 1935 - Tennessee A&I State College has been granted the right to give the Master¨s degree in Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education.

Required courses for Fall Quarter, 1935: English, Rural Education, Geography, Guidance, and Negro Education.

Miss Shirley Graham (Mrs. W.E.B. DuBois) nationally known composer and librettist of the opera ^Tom-Tom ̄ has been added to the staff of A&I College.

November 1935 - An enrollment of 1,000 students including 400 freshmen from states as far as Montana as as far east as New York, reported for registration for the Fall Quarter, 1935.

WPA allocated $148,183 to A&I State College for project to construct two residences, a battery of 20 tennis courts, field house, stadium for football, stable and tool house, bleechers for baseball, and equip lake.


June 1936 - The Division of Negro Education observed in its report to the State Board of Education the following:

" The only public institution of higher learning (for Negros)  in the State  is the Agricultural and Industrial State College. This is strictly a teachers¨ college and has no provisions for training Negro youth in many of the professions and trades which he might desire to enter.  Provisions should be made to take care of this problem. ̄ State of Tennessee; Annual Report of the Department of Education, year Ending, June 30, 1936.

July 1936 - Wilberforce University awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws to President W.J. Hale of A&I State College at the seventy-third annual commencement exercises.

The Alpha Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was organized on campus may 9, 1936. Mrs. Grafta Looby was a charter member of the chapter. Charter chapter advisors were: Em T. Burt and Shirley Graham (Mrs. W.E.B. DuBois).


May 1937 - Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, national Director of the NYA for Negros, will address one hundred and twenty-four candidates for the B.S. degree. The class of 1937 is the largest in the history of the institution.

September 1937 - The Tennessee State Department of Education made public full instructions with regard to the state¨s plans for granting scholarships to those Colored students who desire to take courses of study which they cannot get in Colored colleges of the State but which are available for white students at the University of Tennessee. For graduate work in Engineering, Law, and Pharmacy, students will receive $ 2,500. For graduate work in Liberal Arts and Education, students may attend Fisk University.

September 29, 1937 - Dear Students and Faculty:  ´ I plan to leave here tomorrow morning, but Mussolini is visiting Herr Hitler (having arrived the same day I did) so everything is closed. When I come home again, my, what I shall have to tell. Yours very truly, Frances E. Thompson

December 1937 - Celebrating Quarter Century of Progress- Telegrams and messages  of congratulations from notables:

^ May I extend my hearty congratulations´ ̄ Franklin D. Roosevelt

^ Accept my best wishes for the Silver Jubilee Celebration. ̄  Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt

^ Best wishes for the success of your celebration. ̄  Cordell Hull, Secretary of State

^ I wish you a happy occasion and continual success´ ̄ Kenneth McKeller, U.S. Senate

Required courses- freshman year, second quarter: English, Geography, History, Science, Vocation, Library Science and P.E. 102- The bulletin, Volume 26, 1937


Little Theatres - Two laboratories for the use of students of dramatics and speech offer an opportunity for actual practice in these fields. They are located on the second floor of the Women¨s Building and on the third floor of the Administration Building. Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, Volume 26, Number 12, p. 16, August 1938.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits - Credits of courses completed in recognized colleges and universities are accepted if applicable to the curriculum chosen. Only credits averaging at least C will be accepted from other colleges. No standings are accredited from teachers¨ certificates or for post-graduate work in high school. . Bulletin, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, Volume 26, Number 12, p. 17, August 1938.


June 9, 1939 - Howard University conferred honorary Doctor of Laws degree on President Hale. Dr. Rufus E. Clement, President of Atlanta University, delivered the commencement address.


September 1940 - Senator K.D. McKeller has been informed by the W.P.A that the President (Roosevelt) has approved an allotment of $23,988 to construct a dormitory and improve grounds at A&I State College.

November 1940 - The Speech and Drama Department  of A&I State College announced the opening of its first speech clinic. The clinic will treat such speech defects as stammering, stuttering and the hard of hearing.

December 7, 1940 - The History Study Club, presented in the Crystal Ballroom of Tennessee State College, Louis Armstrong, and his Decca Recording Orchestra.


February 1941 - A&I State College will begin a program of graduate instruction in elementary education, educational administration and supervision, home economics, agriculture, industrial education, secretarial commerce, and the teaching of high school subjects during the Summer Quarter, 1941.

June 1941 - With more than twenty-five students registered in courses beyond the bachelors degree, Tennessee A&I College launches its graduate program of study.

September 1941 - A&I creates $316,000 reserve fund; turns back to the state its entire $100,000 appropriations. ´It was ^unofficially ̄ understood that the cost balance has been accumulated over a period of years by ^economics ̄ practiced by President Hale, including ^donations ̄ from salaries of teachers and others at the school.

December 1941 - A&I State College receives national recognition. A study made of the graduates of A&I State College reveals the fact that they have been admitted to full graduate and professional work in leading universities of America.


June 8, 1942 - A&I begins graduate work. Graduate work leading to the master¨s degree began at A&I State College  when sixty-six graduates began  PROGRAM OF STUDIES IN THE Graduate Division of the institution.

August 1942 - A&I  State College is listed among the colleges of the country to participate in the proposed joint army, navy and marine corps recruiting program for college students to be known as the Enlisted Reserve Corps.

September 1942 - The thirty-first academic year began on September 27, 1942. Special features for the new year include:

  • Late afternoon and evening classes for graduate students and defense workers

  • Special program for young men in the United States Enlisted Reserve Corps

  • Special courses under the Defense Management Training program


August 28, 1943 - Hale Relieved of Presidency of A&I College! Dr. W.J. hale, President of the A&I State College for Negroes at Nashville, was ^relieved ̄ of his duties´ by the State Board of Education, but a post was created for him at an equal salary of $5,000 per annum in the education department.  The Board¨s statement was as follows: ^Dr. W.J. Hale has been relieved of his duties as President of the Agricultural and Industrial State College, effective as of September 1, 1943. Dr. Walter S. Davis, professor of Agricultural Education at A&I College has been appointed acting president, pending the selection of a permanent president. ̄


September 1944 - The American Negro in College, 1943-1944. For the thirty-third time The Crisis has presented statistics covering Negro graduates from college is the United States. In comparative statistics, Tennessee A&I State College rated third, surpassed by Howard with 2,355 students and Prairie View State College with 1,353. Tennessee A&I State College was credited with 1,256 students.

October 27, 1944 - Dr. William J. Hale, former President of A&I State College is dead. He died in New York.

October 1944 - First Freshman Week observed at Tennessee State College. Over 300 of the 498 freshmen enrolled at the Tennessee State College, from some twenty or more states of the Union and the District of Columbia, participated in the first Freshman Week initiated in the College, to assist in acquainting new students with the College, its facilities, opportunities, and requirements; and to discover enough about each student so that his counselor could help him in formulating an appropriate curricular and extra-curricular program. Highlights of the Freshman Week were the freshman picnic supper, the ^get Acquainted Hour ̄ at which freshmen were presented to the faculty, a college sing and round table on ^Student Activities, ̄ and the freshman dinner.

March 8, 1944 - Beta Kappa Chi Honorary Scientific Society, was established at A&I State College under the leadership of professor Louis D. Green.


May 1945 - The Tennessee A&I State College faculty members have organized into a Faculty Club with the following officers: President, F.J.D. McKinney; Vice President, Carl M. Hill; Secretary, Mrs. Mary Hill; Treasurer, Mr. Lewis Holland.


May 1946 - A&I State College organized first swimming team. For the first time in the history of the institution a swimming team was organized and trained by Mr. Thomas Hughes. As a part of May day celebration all members of the varsity swimming team participated in a practice meet with Meharry Medical College.


June 1947 - The Tennessee State Textbook Authority adopted two histories written by Professor Merl R. Eppse. The two books written by Professor Epps are entitled, The Negro, Too, in American History and An Elementary History of America Including the Contributions of the Negro Race.


February 1948 - State plans $600,000 expansion in new buildings at A&I State College. Plans for construction by the state of a $600,000 engineering building were announced by Commissioner Burgin Dossett. The two new buildings proposed for A&I State College for Negroes, are part of the plan´ to place the Nashville institution on space until facilities offered to white students at the University of Tennessee.

December 1948 - Recent progress and future plans. Dr. Davis announced that the proposed Home Economics Building would be named for Miss Elliott; the Sunday School would be named for Mr. R.E. Clay; and the library named for Mrs. Martha brown.


April 1950 - The Tennessee A&I Employee¨s Federal Credit Union was organized in April 1950 under the Federal Security Agency. Membership is limited to employees of Tennessee A&I State College. The Office of the Federal Credit Union is located in the College¨s library.

May 24, 1950 - The Meter is born! The students of Tennessee State College  happily received this, the first issue of the Meter: The Measure of Student Opinion and Sentiment. The Meter, a project of the Student Council, 1949-50, is first administratively ^backed ̄ student publication.


September 1951 - University Status. Tennessee A&I State College will assume university status beginning September 1951. A land-grant institution,  ^A ̄ rated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Tennessee A&I State College is a member of and fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges for teacher Education, and is a member of the Teachers College Extension Association. The university system is to include four schools, each to be headed by a dean. The four schools are: School of Engineering, School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School. A later development will include the Schools of Business, Home Economics and Agriculture. The elevation of the College to a university culminates eight years of sensational progress, which began in 1943 when Dr. W.S. Davis became president of the institution.


October - Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building was dedicated.

October -Athletic Field was named for the Past President William Jasper Hale.

October - Poultry Plant was named for ^Fay ̄ Young.

December - Carl T. Rowan, former student of  A&I, is among the Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1953.


April - The 22-year-old 440-yard women¨s relay record was shattered by Tennessee State University `s flying four in Alabama State Relays with a new time of :49s flat. The Cinderbelles included Margaret Davis, Revoyda Fuller, Cynthia Thompson and Mae Faggs.

June - The Psychology Department began offering a program of study leading to the master of Science Degree in Educational Guidance.

September - A&I State University launched a beginning program of teacher-education fulfilling the requirements for a master¨s degree in the area of the mentally retarded.

September - University began offering an undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering beginning in the Fall Quarter of 1954.

September - Two additional departments are added to the College of Home Economics- Child development and Family Relationships and Home Arts and Mechanics.

September - Department of Industrial Education began offering two curricula- Industrial Arts Education Curriculum and Vocational Industrial Education Curriculum.


May - Big Ben Jackson, Tennessee State¨s 6¨ 7 ̄ basketball star signed a three-year contract with the Harlem Globetrotters.


May - The basketball team won the NAIA National Championship.

May - Alumnus Miss Gwendolyn Elliott (¨56) was hired by the IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie, New York as an assistant mathematician programmer in Computer Planning Division of the Product Development Laboratory to test and evaluate machines that are not yet in existence.

September - Tigerbelles copped the AAU national crown with a whopping 143 points.


January - The new Agriculture building named W.W. Lawson.

January - Health and Physical Education Building named Henry Arthur Kean Hall.

January - Campus Adult Education Course initiated.  First course offered was Elements of Accounting, an initial course in bookkeeping, accounting and theory and practice.

November - Three buildings an campus were named.

New Women¨s Dormitory was named Hankall Hall after the former Dean of Women Mrs. Edna Rose Hankall.

New Men¨s Dormitory was named after Tennessee¨s Governor Frank G. Clement.

The Engineering Building named the Jim Nance McCord Building in horror of t the former Tennessee Governor.

November - The University gained Land Grant status.  The University¨s reorganization brought about the establishment of the School of Agriculture and Home Economics adding a fifth school to the already established schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, and the Graduate School.


August - For the first time learned and experienced alumni  took part in the Commencement activities of the Summer graduating class.


May - Seventeen-year old Memphis-born Carla Thomas, a freshman English major at Tennessee State hit the big time with her latest pop tune recording ^Gee Whiz. ̄

May - Tennessee State University Junior Speech and Drama major Ellwood Williams received the Best Actor Award at the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts Silver Anniversary  meeting at Tuskegee .


September - In the Opening Convocation on September 28, 1962, President Davis announced the establishment of a University-wide Honors program to challenge students of exceptional ability; plans for a new Fine Arts facility and a broadened Fine Arts curriculum; a new African Studies program  in response to student requests; plans for a new physics-mathematics building to round out a large science complex; projections for programs and facilities in communications and higher minimum averages required for remaining in school.


July - Home Economics Department  began offering a course titled ^ Home Economics International Travel-Study Tour. ̄

September - The University Counseling Center established in the Education Building.

September - The English Improvement program established.

September - The Curriculum Revision Program  or Thirteen College Curriculum established.


May - University sponsored Summer recreation Program began.

September 1 - The University installed its third President, Dr. Andrew Torrence, a 1948 graduate of the institution.

November - During October¨s Mexico City-staged 19th Olympic Games, two of six Tigerbelles captured three gold medals while posting three world¨s records for their efforts.


December - University¨s accreditation reaffirmed by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December 3, 1969.

May - Reorganization of the institution began. Four executives were named to head the institution¨s four major divisions replacing 16 or 17 persons. 

May - Extension and Continuing Education was created.  Public relations, Information and Publications were merged.

May - Dr. Charles Fancher was elevated to  the position of Dean of Faculty. Under this officer deans of the four undergraduate and graduate schools, with their  twenty-six departments, the librarian, and heads of aerospace and extension and continuing education  set to function.

November - Gregg Morris, the star of the CBS-TV series Mission Impossible visits the University.


Spring - The University created a new position within the organizational structure of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, entitled Dean of Special Academic programs, and has elevated the position of Director of Extension and Continuing Education to that of Dean of Extension and Continuing Education.


December - Contracts were signed in December for the construction of a new library building on campus at a cost of approximately $2.5 million. The facility was designed by McKissack & McKissak Architects and Engineers, with Morgan & Isaacs, consulting architects; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc structural engineers; an I.C Thomasson & Associates, mechanical engineers. 


January 1 - Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, 39, assumed duties as fourth president of Tennessee State University.

January - Mr. Dick Gregory, recording artist, lecturer, and freelance humanitarian, spoke on campus in January as the first presentation of the University¨s 2974-1975 Lyceum Series.


Summer - The Physics and Mathematics Building was named Alger V. Boswell Physics and Mathematics Building.

Summer - Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee at Nashville merged under the name Tennessee State University.

October - The Social Science Laboratory was established  in the Women¨s Building Auditorium.

October 17 - Dr. Walter S. Davis, the second president of Tennessee State University,  died in Nashville after an extended illness.


June 11 - Dr. Andrew P. Torrence, third president of Tennessee State University, died in Tuskegee, Alabama..

December - Howard C. Gentry Complex was dedicated in honor of former athletic director Howard Gentry.


May - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker was the feature speaker at the 69th Commencement. He was given the Highest Achievement Award during the ceremonies.

May - Nikki Giovanni, writer, poet, recording artist and lecturer, addressed the C0-Curricular Awards Night presentations when approximately 250 students captured awards for outstanding service.

Summer - Academic Computer Centers opened at both campuses that are staffed with lab assistants to instruct faculty, staff and students in the use of computer terminals.


Spring - Administration Building Auditorium was renovated as part of the plans restoring the ^A ̄ Building as a national historical monument.

Spring - The old library building was renovated  and became the University¨s new Learning Resource Center.

April - The Student Union Building was formally named for Dr. Joseph Arthur  Payne, Jr.

April - The plaza, located in front of the Student Union Building, known to many as ^Plaza 101 ̄ was  named the Hazael Edward Welton Plaza after Dr. Hazael Esward Welton, a renowned ophthalmologist and largest single alumnus contributor.

Spring - The School of Allied health instituted the state¨s first and only baccalaureate respiratory therapy program.

August 14 - Musician, entertainer, and movie star, Cab Calloway, celebrated the graduation of his daughter Cabella Calloway Langsam at the University.

Fall - The only doctoral program in education at a state supported university in middle Tennessee established at Tennessee State University.


May - First Ed.D. degrees were conferred  upon the first two graduate students.

September 30 - The new Cooperative Agricultural Research program (CARP) building was dedicated.

Fall - New program in Food technology in the Department of Animal Science was established.


Summer - New Engineering Building was named after Dr. Andrew P. Torrence, Tennessee State University¨s third president.

Summer - TheMcCord Hall renovations were completed for the Department of Biological Sciences at a cost of $1 million.

Summer - Dr. Bobby Jones, B.S. ¨59, M.S. ¨65, TSU assistant professor for reading and special education garnered a 1984 Grammy award along with his New Life singers, and Barbara Mandrell and a 1984 Dove award  with New Life.

Fall - Geier v. Alexander Desegregation Lawsuit was settled.

Fall-Winter 1984-1985 - A Ph. D. program in Public Administration as part of the new Institute of Government implemented

Fall-Winter 1984-1985 - Master of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences was approved.

Fall-Winter 1984-1985 - As provisions of the Geier settlement Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning was transferred from Middle Tennessee State University to Tennessee State University and the Master of Science in Speech Communication and Theatre was transferred from Tennessee State University to Austin Peay State University.

Fall-Winter 1984-1985 - B.S./B.A. in Intra-Disciplinary Studies was reactivated. Professional Writing minor in Arts and Sciences was initiated. School Psychology became an option in the Specialist in Education program.

September - ^Perspective ̄ lecture series was introduced by the Division of Student Affairs.


Summer - Three new programs approved during the summer 1985 meeting of Tennessee Higher Education Commission. They included Ph. D. in Public Administration,  Master of Science in Mathematics and Institute of Government.

Fall-Winter 1985-1986 - A New non-degree program in Remedial and Developmental Studies was implemented under the University College. Concentration in Public History got underway.

March - Dr. Frederick Humphries resigned from the presidency  of Tennessee State University after ten years of service.

Dr. Roy P. Peterson became the interim president of Tennessee State University.


June - Dr. Otis L. Floyd, Jr., vice president for administration at Middle Tennessee State University, was appointed as interim president of Tennessee State University.

1985-1986 - A Pre-Pharmacy option in B.S. program in Chemistry was established. Six new options were added in the Master of Public Affairs Program- Public Management, Management of Urban Affairs, Health and Human Services, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, and policy analysis. The A.S. program in Nursing was extended to the University Center at Volunteer State Community College.

1985-1986 - University¨s second Center of Excellence was approved- the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Engineering and Management. An Undergraduate  Excellence program in Natural Science and Mathematics was also approved.

1985-1986 - Speakers Bureau was reactivated.

1985-1986 - The University joined the Ohio Valley Conference.

1985-1986 - The University opened the Incubation Center for Small Businesses at the Avon N. Williams Campus.

June - The State Board of Regents adopted the University¨s recommendation to name the Downtown Campus in honor of the Honorable Avon N. Williams, Jr., State Senator from Nashville.

June 26 - Tennessee State University Downtown Campus was renamed and rededicated in honor of State Senator Avon N. Williams, Jr.


March - Dr. Otis L. Floyd was named the fifth president of Tennessee State University.

Spring - Watson and Wilson Hall dormitories were renovated.

Asbestos was  removed from Boyd hall Dormitory.

Hale Hall was razed.

The offices of Purchasing and Business Services, Safety and Security, Facilities Planning, Personnel, Central Receiving and Movable property were moved to the newly renovated buildings on Hyman Street.

May - Oprah Winfrey, host of the nationally syndicated ^Oprah Winfrey Show ̄ and actress delivered the Spring commencement address and received her degree in Communication

June - Tennessee State University celebrated its Diamond Anniversary- 75 years of service.

Fall - Schools and department were  reorganized.

The following positions were eliminated:

Academic Affairs-   Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of Evening programs, Vice President for Continuing Education, Extension and Public Service , and Dean of the Graduate School.

The following positions were instituted:

Associate Vice President for Institutional and Sponsored Research and Dean of Graduate School, Dean of Continuing Education and Public Service.

School of Arts and Sciences was renamed College of Arts and Sciences.

Departments of Government and Public Affairs, and History and Geography were combined to form a new department of History, Geography and Political Science

Departments of English, Modern Foreign languages and Philosophy and Religion were combined to form a new department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy

Departments of Social Work and Sociology were combined to form a new department of Social Work and Sociology.

School of Agriculture and Home Economics were reorganized so that Home Economics remained a free standing unit while the Departments of Animal Science, Plant Science and Rural Development combined to form a new Department of Agricultural Sciences with options in animal science, rural development and plant science



Fall - Appointments

Dr. Annie W. Neal was named Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Tilden Curry was named Dean of School of Business.

Dr. Monetha Reeves was named Dean of University College.

Dr. Edward Risby was named Dean of the Graduate School.

Dr. Alberta Herron was named Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel Management and Strategic Planning.

Dr. Robert Boone was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Extended Education.


October 23 - Campus Center was dedicated during the Homecoming Celebration. The building was named for Dr.Otis L. Floyd and Dr. Joseph A. Payne.

1992-1993 - Department of Africana Studies was established.

Fall - A new marker at the corner of John A. Merritt Boulevard and  Ed Temple Drive was erected to identify Tennessee State university.


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, visited TSU.

Noted journalist Juan Williams was among the African-American History Month speakers at Tennessee State University.

Vocalist William Warfield performed at the University.

Mayor of Nashville, Phil Bradesen honored at the TSU fund-raising dinner.

Retired Teacher, former alumnus received Tennessee¨s Outstanding Achievement Award presented by Governor Don Sundquist.

Kweisi Mfume addresses the student body as part of the Student Development Symposium and Presentation Series.

The Tom Joyner Morning Show returned to campus.

College of Education featured in national report in Black Issues in Higher Education.

Consent Decree brings new opportunities to TSU.

Administrative reorganization included:

The new Division of  Technology and Administrative Services which includes Communications and Information Technology, Purchasing and Business Services, Human Resources, and Institutional Effectiveness and Research. 

Dr. Dennis Gendron was appointed Vice President for Technology and Administrative Services. 

Gerald Washington was named Vice President for University relations and Development. 

The University launches Strategic E-Business certification initiative. 

Tennessee State University topped list of black colleges web sites. 

Home Economics Building renamed after Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, TSU¨s fourth president. 

TSU based project DIANE receives $1.1 million technology grant. 

TSU¨s Small Business Development Center opened a satellite office.


Tennessee State University opened $9 million Performing Arts Center.

Master of Education Degree and other teacher training programs became available online.

TSU celebrated first Fall Commencement.

Olympic Plaza and Wellness Center opened.

TSU expanded its Associate Degree program in Nursing to Nashville State Community College.

Nobel Laureate lauded TSU researchers .
Presidential candidates, John Edwards and Wesley Clark campaigned at Tennessee State University

Melvin N.  Johnson became the University¨s seventh president  in June 2005.


Fall - Tennessee State University honored Freedom Riders with a Symposium.

December - Legendary Olympic Coach Edward S. Temple received an honorary degree from Tennessee State University during the Fall Commencement.


Tennessee State University received the 2010 President¨s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role Award

January - Tennessee State University Astronomer George Henry detected an extrasolar planet that id four times the mass of earth.

April - College of Health Sciences established a Master of Public Health degree program.

April 14 - Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center was renovated.

April - Dr. Cornel West gave a lecture at Tennessee State University.

October - Tennessee State University Power Plant was named  for Mr. Alexander Murray

Tennessee State University astronomers discovered a planet with two suns.

November - College of Education was reaccredited by NCATE.

December - The Tennessee State University Choir performed for Oprah Winfrey Tribute at the Kennedy center Honors Gala. 

December - Tennessee State University received classification as a Carnegie Community Engaged University.


January - Tennessee State University Alumnus, Daniel Brown, was sworn as Knoxville¨s first Black mayor. 

April - Tennessee State University¨s AFROTC Detachment celebrated sixty-years with Alumnus Fig Newton. 

April - Tennessee State University¨s Catana Starks¨ story was captured in a feature film ^ From the Rough ̄. 

May - Dr. Dennis Gendron was named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

May - A new chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) was established.  

May - Name changes, realignments and eliminated academic units.

Name Changes

  • Change name of Department of Urban Studies to Department of Sociology, Social Work and Urban Professions in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.

  • Change name of School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences to College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences.

  • Change name of the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Liberal Arts.

Re-alignment of Academic Units.

Move Department of Biology from College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences.

Move Department of Chemistry from College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences.

Move Department of Physics and Mathematics from College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences.

Merge the Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Architectural Engineering into a new Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science.

Move School of Nursing into the College of Health Sciences.

Rename the School of Nursing the Division of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences.

Close Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Move BS Sociology, BS Social Work and MS Social Work from the College of Arts and Sciences to the renamed Department of Sociology, Social Work and Urban Professions in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.

Move Department of Human Performance and Sport Science to the College of Health Sciences.

Academic Units eliminated (name/title change forms attached)

Department of Africana Studies eliminated with faculty moved to Department of History, Geography and Political Science.

Department of Civil Engineering eliminated and merged into Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.

Department of Architectural Engineering eliminated and  merged into Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.

Tennessee State University received Department of Homeland Security Leadership Award.
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