The man who lead Austin Peay State University through seven years of growth is moving on to another school. President Tim Hall announced today he’s taken the job as president of Mercy College in New York state.
Today, APSU’s student body is 16% larger than when Hall first came to campus. Under his leadership, the school has made numerous efforts to better work with older and low-income students. As he told a Congressional committee in October, roughly half of the people enrolled at Austin Peay are in those groups, and are statistically at greater risk of not finishing a degree.
“We’re working overtime to defeat demography on behalf of our students. We know that we can’t replace their motivation or their efforts, but we’ve discovered there are things we can do to support their success.”
To that end, he worked to help students better tailor their course load and make class sizes smaller.
In his resignation letter, Hall seemed to say he’d done as much as he could at Austin Peay. According to US News and World Report, his new school faces similar demographic challenges. Hall says he expects the lessons learned at APSU can be applied to Mercy.
The Tennessee Board of Regents plans to begin a search for his replacement right away, with hopes of finishing the selection process by July 1.