- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Austin Peay State University officials have held an inauguration ceremony for the school’s 10th president.

The Leaf-Chronicle (https://leafne.ws/1CUVJUV) reports the inauguration for Alisa White was held Monday in Austin Peay’s Mabry Concert Hall. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan formally installed her as president during the ceremony, though she actually began serving in the role in June.

White smiled as she accepted the responsibility to lead Austin Peay, to uphold its traditions, to build upon past achievements and to give her best efforts to ensure the university’s success.

“I’ve been given much. I’m honored that Chancellor Morgan and the TBR have given me the opportunity to serve you,” White said. “Elliott and I are honored to have the privilege to live among you. I’ve been given an astonishing gift, and my pledge to you is to do whatever is in my power to advance this institution, to work alongside you and build on the wonderful work that you have done and to realize our collective vision.

“Jonathan Swift said vision is the art of seeing things invisible. I believe many people see things invisible. The transformation will occur when the potential that is invisible to some becomes visible to all. My goal is to work with you to make it so.”

The previous president, Timothy Hall, left to become president of Mercy College in New York.

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, https://www.theleafchronicle.com

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