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More than 230 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

More than 230 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 11 December 2017 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement were 232 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, Dec. 9.

On Saturday 56 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 72 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 69 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees, eight earned Master of Science degrees and 23 received Master of Business Administration degrees. Four students earned Associate of Arts degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying, “Today you will receive the diploma you have spent years to earn, and in so doing you will join the longest line of alumni in Tennessee.”

He told the group, “Regardless of how long your journey has taken you, today is its culmination; the day you transform from a college student to a college graduate. And, we are here to celebrate you.”

Speaking at the morning ceremony were graduates Macy French, who received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration, and Mary Kris Lawson, who receive a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies.

French has been featured in Connotation Press, DASH Literary journal and the Oakland Arts Review. She is a member of the Honors program, Alpha Chi National honors Society and is current staff director at Sundress Publications.

French challenged her fellow graduates to no longer tolerate the status quo. “As graduates we are given immense privilege and responsibility to question the world as we know it.”

She added, “Tusculum uniquely prepares students to work on mutual goals together and to think beyond the context of self.” Adding, “The real work is only beginning.”

Lawson previously owned a small business and taught preschool for 14 years, before relinquishing those duties to begin student teaching this past August. She is passionate about teaching and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of elementary school students.

Lawson told the audience that she never thought of herself as college material, and only made the leap to get her college degree after watching her husband successfully complete the program at Tusculum.

“I’ve met people that I will never forget,” she said. “My life has been enriched in so many ways because of my experience with Tusculum; I am a better person because of my journey here. Let me say thank you from the bottom of my heart to each of you that assisted me while achieving my dream, I could not have done it without you.”

Speaking during the afternoon ceremony was Nick Forsberg, who received his master’s degree in talent development. Forsberg also received his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Tusculum. He is passionate about community service and the Make-a-Wish foundation. Under his guidance, the student-athletes involved in the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council have raised more than $9,000 in the last two and a half years, making Tusculum the top fundraising member in the South Atlantic conference in two of the last three years.

Forsberg shared advice for success after graduation. “Be yourself – be who you are,” he said, adding that taking chances and not being afraid to fail leads to growth. “If you fall, fall forward.” He added “You don’t have to look very far to find someone who has it worse than you. Be grateful for that.” He encouraged the graduates to hold themselves to a higher standard and to “put God first in everything you do.”

During the afternoon ceremony, John Fisher was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters for many years he has “demonstrated his love for Tusculum College through his noble works that honor and compliment the style and architectural tradition of the central historical campus.”

Fisher’s legacy to Tusculum College includes the Niswonger Commons where we gather today, the beautifully renovated Thomas J. Garland Library, the several apartment-style dormitories, the football stadium, Pioneer Park, the Knoxville Regional Center, and most recently the phenomenal academic building, the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

Fisher’s impact to the community, the region, and the country go way beyond Tusculum’s campuses. These include the Greeneville High School, renovations creating the General Morgan Hotel and Conference Center, Greeneville’s Walters State Community College building, The Niswonger Performing Arts centers in Greeneville, Tennessee and Van Wert, Ohio, and the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City.

On the East Tennessee State University campus John’s credits include Governors Hall, Centennial Hall, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Medicine Student Center, and Buc Ridge II, III, and IV.  John was also on ETSU design teams for The Campus Green, the Soccer Complex, the Football Stadium, the Performing Art Center, the Parking Garage, and the Culp Center Renovation.

On the Purdue University campus John is responsible for the Administration Building of the Aviation Technology Program and Purdue’s Flight Simulation Building.


John Fisher received an honorary doctorate from Tusculum on Saturday for his philanthropic works in education and his architectural legacy at Tusculum and in the community. From left are Dr. Scott Niswonger, Dr. John Fisher and Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum.




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Dr. Jacob I. Fait has been named dean of the School of Business and Technology at Tusculum.

Dr. Jacob I. Fait has been named dean of the School of Business and Technology at Tusculum.

Posted on 06 December 2017 by

Dr. Jacob I. Fait has been named dean of the School of Business and Technology at Tusculum.

Dr. Fait comes to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University where he serves as assistant dean of graduate and professional programs and Doctor of Business Administration director.

“Tusculum is exceptionally fortunate to welcome Dr. Fait to the School of Business and Technology,” said Dr. Jason Pierce, vice president for academic affairs. “The search committee was particularly impressed with his extensive experience reinvigorating business curricula, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and leading Accreditation Council for Business School Programs accreditation efforts, in addition to his creative and entrepreneurial spirit. We are excited to have him join the team in January.”

In his new role Dr. Fait will be responsible for the development, management, assessment, and improvement of programs, curricula, faculty, staff and resources for the School of Business and Technology.  He will work closely with other senior academic administrators to develop, implement and evaluate institution-wide academic policies and procedures.

Dr. Jacob I. Fait

As dean, he will lead department chairs, faculty members and support staff within the school to deliver all curricular programs, administer school resources, support student success and satisfaction, strengthen relationships with local and regional business communities, secure external funding and ensure the long-term sustainability of the school and the institution.

“I am both honored and thrilled to join Tusculum College as Dean of the School of Business and Technology,” said Dr. Fait. “I look forward to serving the Tusculum community under the leadership of President James Hurley and Vice President Pierce, as well as embracing the tremendous opportunities this position offers. Not only am I humbled to lead the distinguished faculty of the School of Business and Technology, but also anticipate enormous success in working together to grow our school in the markets we serve. I look forward to the new year with Tusculum College and am proud to be a part of the Pioneer legacy.”

Dr. Fait previously served as department chair of small business management and entrepreneurship and as assistant professor at LMU. He has also worked as resort revenue manager for Scott Enterprises in Erie, Pennsylvania.

He holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Gannon University with a focus on employee motivation and engagement. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in international business and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Duquesne University.


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Dr. Andrew Buzzelli named executive vice president of College of Health Sciences at Tusculum

Dr. Andrew Buzzelli named executive vice president of College of Health Sciences at Tusculum

Posted on 04 December 2017 by

Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum College, has appointed Dr. Andrew Buzzelli as executive vice president of the newly-created College of Health Sciences. He will assume his role on January 1.

“We are proud to welcome such a highly-respected leader in health science to our community and campus as we embark on this bold new vision to improve access to quality health care in Central Appalachia,” said Dr. James Hurley. “Dr. Buzzelli is a tireless advocate for both health care and education, and as such, is the ideal leader to propel our new College of Health Sciences forward. This is an exciting day for our institution, our students and our future.”

In his new role Dr. Buzzelli will lead the efforts to begin several new programs that are currently in the feasibility study stage and will fall under the new College of Health Sciences, including a School of Optometry, a physician assistant studies program, as well as occupational therapy and physical therapy programs.

Recognized as an authority in the field of binocular vision and visual perception, Dr. Buzzelli has taught programs in the diagnosis and treatment of acquired brain injury, pediatric optometry and binocular vision, as well as child abuse and intimate partner violence. He is one of 36 optometrists in the world recognized as a diplomat in binocular vision and perception for the American Academy of Optometry.

In his new role, Dr. Buzzelli will work with Tusculum leadership to establish several new programs under the College of Health Sciences, including a School of Optometry of which he will serve as founding dean. He will administer the preparation of materials and documentation required for accreditation of the school by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. He will also ensure that the academic and patient care missions of the college are accomplished.

In his role, he will also provide leadership for recruiting and retaining highly-qualified faculty, staff and students.

Previously, Dr. Buzzelli served as founding dean of the School of Optometry at the University of Pikeville and prior to that served as dean and professor of the Rosenberg School of Optometry at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Buzzelli received his doctorate in optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He holds a Master of Science degree in child development and visual perception from the State University of New York. He has practiced in the private health care sector as a specialist in dysfunctions of binocular vision and visual information processing disorders. Academic appointments include the State University of New York, Salus University, where he was also appointed to the board of trustees, and Georgian Court University.

A noted international lecturer, Dr. Buzzelli served as a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the medical protocols currently utilized on the International Space Station. The author of more than 25 articles in both optometric and military publications and a recognized expert in the field of chemical and biological weapons, Dr. Buzzelli authored the first-ever ophthalmic textbook series for the treatment and management of injuries resultant from terrorist attack.

Dr. Andrew Buzzelli

“Like all who come to the treasured halls of Tusculum, I have come for multiple reasons. Chief among those are legacy. My wife Debbie’s Uncle Leon and Aunt Nancy Leslie were Tusculum supporters in all of their years,” said Dr. Buzzelli. “Our family all knew Tusculum through his election to the Football Hall of Fame and the Board of Trustees. Tusculum DNA is part of our family’s heritage. I will walk daily past the plaques commemorating the dormitory spaces, classrooms and special programs they have donated over the years.

“The critical part of the Tusculum legacy I come to fulfill is one that since 1794 resides in every home where a diploma from Tusculum rests – responsibility. This has existed as one of our core values since the great arch was constructed. Our new College of Health Sciences will produce the future health care providers for many of the health services still lacking in parts of our great state of Tennessee, Appalachia and other parts of the rural Southeast. I come to work with Dr. James Hurley and the Tusculum community to design, create and prosper the College of Health Sciences, which will fulfill our well-known commitment to civic engagement through health care for those who depend on our success.”

A retired colonel in the United States Air Force, Buzzelli has held command positions as the chief of optometry for the 105th Military Airlift Wing and commander of the 105th Medical Group. He served as the assistant to the command surgeon for Air Force Material Command and was selected as the chief advisor to the Air Force Surgeon General on matters of policy, operations and utilization of the entire 107,000 membership of the Air National Guard.

“There are no words to express the amount of enthusiasm I have for this program to come to Tusculum, said student Katherine Lewis. “When President Hurley announced his interest in starting a college of optometry at Tusculum, I jumped at the chance to reach out to him and emailed him right away. When I heard it was confirmed, my heart stopped, tears came to my eyes, and all I could do was smile and laugh with excitement. This changed my plans for everything. Tusculum starting this program allows me to stay close to my hometown, and study in a community I have grown to love. Tusculum will be the 23rd school in the country to be adding this program, and I look forward to being a part of the foundation.”


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Two-show exhibit planned for Tusculum’s Clem Allison Gallery in December

Two-show exhibit planned for Tusculum’s Clem Allison Gallery in December

Posted on 29 November 2017 by

A two-show exhibit is planned at Tusculum’s Clem Allison Gallery on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. on the Greeneville campus.

The exhibit focuses on two shows:  Steve Haselroth’s “Pensive Allurements,” an exhibition of drawings, and “Mondays,” an exhibition of paintings by various amateur artists.

The Haselroth exhibit is a collection of eight drawings and watercolors of portraits.  Mr. Haselroth’s work “reflects a particular emotion and a story to tell behind a face,” according to Bill Bledsoe, assistant professor of visual communications and design and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tusculum.

Haselroth received a degree in art education from the University of Missouri and a second degree in healthcare administration from the University of Oklahoma.  He served in the medical field for the United States Navy. Following his retirement, he rekindled his passion for drawing and painting, working with youth in the Greeneville area, helping to develop their interest in art.

“Moment of Reflection” by Steve Haselroth

“Haselroth’s work is an excellent visual study in the development and content of portraiture as well as the classical and foundational approach to drawing which is the premise to all great art,” said Bledsoe.

“Mondays” is a collection of oil paintings by independent students who participated in a Monday night course at the McKinney Arts Center in Jonesborough. The class was taught by Bledsoe.

Bledsoe implemented a custom curriculum for beginning painters. The range of ages in the class were sixth grade to senior citizens. The entire group followed the same class plan and concluded with each student creating an accomplished work based on college standards.

This approach is encouraged by Bledsoe, who has taught this curriculum for 25 years to his college seniors majoring in art. Many of these graduates are considering obtaining a Master of Arts in teaching at Tusculum, which would qualify a graduate to teach art for grades K-12.  According to Bledsoe, learning this instructional process would increase their advantage to not only be hired in a public school system, but also to excel in their capacity to teach art at a high level to all students, regardless of their aptitude in the area of art.


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Tusculum Board of Trustees approves transition to university, new College of Health Sciences

Tusculum Board of Trustees approves transition to university, new College of Health Sciences

Posted on 27 November 2017 by

The future-focused plans for Tusculum were the theme of the fall meeting of the Tusculum Board of Trustees, as they approved the transition to university status, as well as a new College of Health Sciences.

Beginning July 1, Tusculum will transition from college to university status.

“The name will officially become Tusculum University in the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Dr. Greg Nelson, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The change will be primarily in regards to status, helping to distinguish Tusculum from the community college programs that have gained widespread attention through initiatives such as Tennessee Promise. However, most of what people know about Tusculum will remain the same.”

A new logo design is underway that will incorporate the change, said Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum. “This is necessary to provide a differentiation from community colleges, which today are robust and well-funded, but decidedly different from a four-year baccalaureate program. The change also aligns with our future-focused aspirations of adding additional graduate and doctoral degree programs.”

A team of students, faculty and staff are being assembled to shepherd and charter the new logo and strategic vision. The new logo will be approved and released following the February meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The change to university will allow for strategic structuring of the academic programs currently offered by Tusculum, said Dr. Hurley. This includes the creation of a new College of Health Sciences, also approved at the fall meeting.

According to Dr. Nelson, the decision to transition to university will provide the right structure for new programs being developed, including a School of Optometry and a physician assistant program. The current School of Nursing will also be part of the newly-created College of Health Sciences. In addition to the College of Health Sciences, the structure of Tusculum University will include the three established schools, now changing in name from school to college. These include the College of Education, the College of Business and Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is an exciting new time at Tusculum. Our mission has always been to serve the educational needs of our region,” said Dr. Hurley. “These advances are significant steps in providing additional opportunities in Appalachia.”


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Tusculum named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 21 November 2017 by

For the eighth year in a row, Tusculum has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2018 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum strives to help our veterans find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and financial aid.

He added, “It is a priority of Tusculum to provide access to any veteran who is seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of veterans who choose Tusculum because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. Dr. Pinckley added that this is especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.

Tusculum College started participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 60 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are eligible to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President James Hurley. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education, and Veteran Services Director Dale Laney is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Laney at 423-636-7300.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.


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New study shows students at Tusculum graduate with lower private student debt

New study shows students at Tusculum graduate with lower private student debt

Posted on 15 November 2017 by

Tusculum College students are graduating with much lower private student loan debt than students attending colleges and universities nationwide, according to a new study conducted by The Student Loan Report.

The recently published study looked into how much private student loan debt students have when they graduate. In this study, Tusculum College ranked 87 out of 800 private schools in the United States.

The Student Loan Report, created in 2015, covers all student loan news nationally and internationally.

According to the report, the average private student loan per graduate borrower is $17,954, with only seven percent of all students having private student loans.

“The cost of education has been on the rise over the past decade which leads many college students to fall back on private student loans after federal options are exhausted,” the report stated. “The Student Loan Report wanted to highlight (and call out) some of the schools that leaves students with the least (and most) private student loan debt.”

Private student loans are known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs, and are offered by banks, credit unions, state agencies, or schools.

“At Tusculum, we want to see our students improve their lives through education,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and financial aid. “This means that students should leave with the least amount of debt from loans as possible. Higher education is an investment, but it’s the value equation that we hope our future students consider.”

The data for this report, according to The Student Loan Report, comes from Peterson’s Financial Aid dataset and pertains to the graduated class of 2016.

Because private student loans have become much more common and, therefore, more detrimental to the development of graduates, Tusculum has made it a priority to reduce the amount of private student debt that students graduate with, which leads to a more successful career.



By Sydney McCallister, freshman English and history major from Greeneville


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Tusculum Band Program hosts Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tusculum Band Program hosts Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted on 13 November 2017 by

The Spirit of Christmas will echo across the Tusculum campus on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., as the Tusculum Band program presents its annual Christmas concert in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m., there will be a tree lighting ceremony in front of Byrd Fine Arts Building. Dr. James Hurley and his family will host the lighting of a triad of evergreens and offer the opportunity to join together for some pre-concert caroling. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be served.

During the holiday concert, the audience can expect to hear new and exciting arrangements of familiar Christmas songs performed by the Handbell Choir, the Jazz Band and the Concert Band.

The Handbell Choir will be playing “Carol of the Birds” by Jason W. Krug, “Emmanuel’s Night” by David Price, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” by Benjamin A. Tucker, and “Riu Riu Chiu” by Sondra K. Tucker.

The Jazz Band will offer their versions of the Christmas classics “Jingle Bell Boogie” by Bryan Kidd, “The First Noel” by Bob Curnow, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” by Roger Holmes, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Dave Wolpe, and “Joy to the World” by Richard DeRosa.

The Concert Band will bring down the house with a longer set filled with lesser-known songs such as, “Appalachian Snowfall” by Bob Phillips and George Megaw, “Candlelight Carol” by Jay Dawson, “When Saint Nick Comes Marching In” by Robert W. Smith, and “Bring a Torch” by David Shipps.

Band director David Price is excited about the chance to showcase the band program’s talent to the public, especially Tusculum students.

“Hopefully students will enjoy the music we play. It will give them a break from their studies to see an on-campus event. They can earn an arts and lecture credit and see their college peers perform alongside a few community members.”

The local community is encouraged to attend the performance, which is free and open to the public. The event is offered as an arts and lecture credit for Tusculum College residential students. More than 300 people are expected to be in attendance.






By Taylor Rose, junior journalism and professional writing major from Clarksville

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Tusculum Commencement ceremony to feature Dr. Belle S. Wheelan

Tusculum Commencement ceremony to feature Dr. Belle S. Wheelan

Posted on 09 November 2017 by

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, will be the speaker at Tusculum’s winter commencement exercises on Saturday, December 9.

Dr. Wheelan will deliver her address at both the morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus, and the afternoon ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m.

Dr. Wheelan has held numerous titles over the course of her 40-year career including faculty member, chief of student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. She has been the first African-American and the first woman to serve in both her current role of president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the majority of the aforementioned roles.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas in 1972, double majoring in psychology and sociology, her master’s degree in developmental educational psychology is from Louisiana State University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration with a focus in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

Dr. Belle Wheelan

Dr. Wheelan has received numerous awards and recognition including six honorary degrees; the Distinguished Graduate Award from both Trinity University and the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been named to the Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C. and received the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award in 2002.

Other awards include the Suanne Davis Roueche National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, the John E. Roueche National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s International Leadership Award, the AACC Leadership Award, the John Hope Franklin Award from Diverse Issues in Higher Education for outstanding leadership in higher education and the Educational Testing Service Terry O’Banion Prize in Education from the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.

Dr. Wheelan currently holds and has previously held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations including Rotary International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the American College Testing, Inc. Board of Directors; American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors; the Lumina Foundation for Education Board of Directors; the President’s Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs; the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Board of Directors; Excelencia in Education Board of Directors; National Society of Collegiate Scholars Community College Honorary Board; Next Generation Learning Challenges Advisory Panel; Project GOALS (Gaining Online Accessible Learning Through Self-Study) and the National Student Clearinghouse Board of Directors.

In addition to her array of professional achievements, Dr. Wheelan has also raised her son, Reginald. She attributes her success to hard work, endurance, tenacity and being in the right place at the right time. She acknowledges that prayer and support from family and friends make anything possible.


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C. David Taylor Retrospective Art Exhibition begins at Tusculum College on Nov. 10

C. David Taylor Retrospective Art Exhibition begins at Tusculum College on Nov. 10

Posted on 03 November 2017 by

Tusculum College will host “David Taylor-Retrospective Art Exhibition 2006-2016” beginning Friday, Nov. 10, at the Shulman Center on the Greeneville campus.

Taylor is a Jonesborough native and a self-taught artist. The focus of his work is East Tennessee waterfalls, but there are aspects of the show that will exhibit figurative and still life subject matter.

According to Bill Bledsoe, visiting assistant professor of visual communications and design at Tusculum, like many amateur artists, David’s early work was very basic, but he had reached a high level of execution that resulted in accomplished artwork. He was in the process of putting together his first one-man show when he died in September of 2016.

In honor of his artistry and commitment to excellence in his work, Tusculum College is enthusiastically supportive of hosting this show, said Bledsoe.

The opening will be on Friday, Nov. 10, with an opening reception running from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The show will be available for viewing Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, and private viewings by appointment are available in the afternoons through Friday, Dec. 1. For appointments e-mail or call 423 948-8927.



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Doug Jones named vice president of student success and athletic director

Doug Jones named vice president of student success and athletic director

Posted on 01 November 2017 by

Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum College, has appointed Doug Jones as vice president of student success and athletic director. Jones has served as Tusculum’s athletic director since February 2016. Jones will continue in the role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998.

“I am excited to announce the promotion of Doug Jones to vice president for student success and director of athletics,” said Dr. Hurley. Mr. Jones has more than 20 years of Tusculum experience and will work tirelessly to ensure student success for all of our students. Student success is a priority for Tusculum as we continue to grow and advance the mission of this great institution.”

In his new role Jones will supervise student housing, student activities, campus life and the commuter student experience.

Doug Jones

“I would like to thank Dr. Hurley for this opportunity to serve our great institution,” said Jones. “The vision that Dr. Hurley has set for Tusculum is exciting, and I am grateful to be able to serve alongside him.  I look forward to working with our entire student population. My staff and I will work hard to provide them a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. Our students are the most important part of our jobs, and we will make sure that their interest are at the forefront of all that we do.”

As athletic director, Jones oversees the day-to-day operations of the Tusculum athletic department and the 20 sports that the college sponsors, including men’s and women’s track and field and STUNT, which were added during his term as athletic director.

Jones served on the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Committee for four seasons, including three years as national chairman.

Jones is in his 21th season guiding the Tusculum baseball program and is the winningest coach in school history. Jones has guided Tusculum to 17 consecutive winning seasons, while posting 680 victories in his 20 campaigns in Greeneville.



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Regional school administrators, counselors hear about future-focused Tusculum

Regional school administrators, counselors hear about future-focused Tusculum

Posted on 01 November 2017 by

The future-focused plans for Tusculum were presented to regional school administrators and counselors from eight school systems on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Tusculum’s Greeneville campus.

Dr. James Hurley, newly-named 28th president, presented his plans and strategies for growing the institution and increasing enrollment in the next 20 years.

“We appreciate your service in education preparing our future students,” said Dr. Hurley. “I also appreciate this opportunity to share with you my vision for Tusculum and how we can strengthen our partnership with K-12 leaders, like you, to create a brighter future for our region’s students.”

Dr. Hurley joins Tusculum with more than 20 years’ experience in higher education and told the group about his excitement in outlining how this historic institution can continue to pioneer the way forward for education in the region. He told the group that Tusculum now has students representing 35 countries which “enhances the learning experience for all students,” and offers 70 majors and minors, as well as six master’s degree programs.

He told the group that student success will be a number one priority for Tusculum moving forward, and to that end, one of his first actions was to hire Doug Jones as vice president for student success and athletics.

“Mr. Jones has more than 20 years of Tusculum experience and will work tirelessly to ensure student success for all of our students. Student success is a priority for Tusculum as we continue to grow and advance the mission of this great institution,” said Dr. Hurley.

Jones has served as Tusculum’s athletic director since February 2016 and will continue in the role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998, through the end of this season.

Additionally, Dr.  Hurley said that work is underway on enhancing the dining options at the school and to develop a full-service campus wellness center.

Moving to the future, Dr. Hurley told the group that the Board of Directors had approved making the change from college to university at its last meeting in October.  This is necessary to provide a differentiation from community colleges, which today are robust and well-funded, but decidedly different that a four-year baccalaureate program. Additionally, Tusculum will began organizing itself by undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, several of which Dr. Hurley hopes to add in the next few years.

Priority programs include dental, optometry and physician’s assistant degree programs. In addition, he added that Tusculum will continue to explore the market needs in the area to determine where other degree programs might meet a need.

“We ultimately plan to recruit the best and brightest from our region – and to keep them here,” he said.

Educators were pleased with the opportunity to learn about Tusculum’s new direction.

“I believe it is imperative that we keep communications open between our colleges, universities, and K-12 school systems open in order to impact our economic growth within the region,” said Reba Bailey, assistant director of schools for the Hawkins County School System. “It was exciting to hear about the plans for Tusculum.”


Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum, shares his future-focused plans with regional school administrators and counselors.

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