Kingsport welcomes two new colleges to downtown Academic village

Rick Wagner • May 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

KINGSPORT — During a Monday morning news conference at the Kingsport Center

for Higher Education the Kingsport Higher Education Commission welcomed

Milligan and Tusculum colleges to the downtown Kingsport Academic


As previously announced, Milligan and Tusculum will join with East Tennessee State University, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, the University of Tennessee (online) and Northeast State Community College in offering courses at the KHEC, which opened in


Tusculum will start classes during the 2013 fall semester, while Milligan will offer classes beginning in January of 2014.

Both plan to

offer upper-division courses downtown. Currently, more than 2,200 students

are studying in the Academic Village, including ETSU students who started

attending classes downtown earlier this year.

“The presence of Tusculum and

Milligan in the Higher Education Center can only complement what has been

started with Northeast State Community College, the University of Tennessee,

King College and Lincoln Memorial University,” Mayor Dennis Phillips said

Monday. “Along with East Tennessee State University, we now have seven

outstanding higher education organizations serving our area. This is

extremely exciting and should be welcomed by the citizens of Kingsport as a

major step forward toward reaching our access and educational attainment

goals for the community.”

Tusculum President Nancy Moody said Tusculum’s

move to the KCHE is congruent with the mission of the college and

compliments efforts that began almost 30 years ago to provide user-friendly

programs designed with working adults in mind.

She said Tusculum looks

forward to forming a stronger presence in Kingsport by collaborating with

other schools and the community to develop new concepts and


“Tusculum College is excited to join the Kingsport Center for

Higher Education, and we look forward to the opportunities we will have to collaborate with other member institutions and also with the Kingsport community,” Moody said.

Milligan President Bill Greer said his school is

looking to make it easier for people of all ages to improve their skill sets

and marketability by focusing on bringing programs closer to


“We are pleased to partner with KCHE to offer programs that are in demand and beneficial for the needs of our region,” Greer said. “The classes we offer at KCHE will be taught by our highly regarded faculty who are caring and respected experts in their fields. Professionals in the Kingsport area now will have the opportunity to experience the Milligan community closer to home.”

Kingsport Higher Education Commission

Chairman John Williams said Kingsport continues to move forward quickly by

continuing to open new avenues to access higher education in a local


“We are grateful to the trustees and administrative leadership of

these colleges who share our vision,” Williams said.

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