On September 3, 1794, Greeneville College was chartered by the State of Tennessee, the first institution of higher education chartered by the state. Following the Civil War, Tusculum College and Greeneville merged and that institution, now known as just Tusculum College, has begun its 220th academic year.
The opening of the 2013-14 academic year was marked with the Opening Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 29. The formal ceremony includes a procession of graduating seniors and the faculty marching behind a bagpiper from the front entrance of McCormick Hall to the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building Auditorium. The ceremony featured comments from Heather Patterson, assistant professor of English, and Dr. DiAnn Casteel, professor of education. The two professors were recipients, along with Dr. Betsy Loveday, of the 2013 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Awards.
Patterson encouraged students to look beyond themselves and get to know the students around them because they may be in a position to help their classmates or their classmates may be able to assist them. Dr. Casteel spoke of her appreciation to be able to work with Tusculum students, faculty and staff daily.
Steven Hollingshead, president of the Student Government Association, also spoke and encouraged his fellow students to get involved on campus.
New faculty members were also introduced during the ceremony. New faculty include: Angelo Botta, assistant professor of physical education and sports science; Bill Brimer, assistant professor of mathematics; Jane Brown, associate professor of nursing; Zaki Bsat, associate professor of management; Charlesey Charlton, assistant professor of art; Dr. Michael Dillon, associate professor of business and Dean of the School of Business; Peggy Goodson-Rochelle, assistant professor of education; Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology; Kevin King, assistant professor of sports management; Hannah Leverenz, assistant professor of chemistry; Stephen Nettlehorst, assistant professor of psychology; Herbert Pollard, assistant professor of accounting; Christopher Ramey, assistant professor of criminal justice; Joshua Ray, assistant professor of management; Greta Robinette, assistant professor of nursing, and Quincy Rose, assistant professor of education.