Athens State University
|Type||Public upper-division university|
|Established||December 9, 1822|
|President||Catherine Wehlburg (interim)|
34°48′20″N 86°58′0″W / 34.80556°N 86.96667°W
|Mascot||Hebrew the Bear|
Athens State University is a public upper-division university in Athens, Alabama. Its academics are housed in three colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business.
Athens State University is Alabama's oldest educational institution of higher learning. It began as the Athens Female Academy in 1822. The Methodist Church began oversight of the institution in 1842, changing the name to the Athens Female Institute. It became Athens Female College in 1889.
In 1931 the name was shortened to Athens College when it became coeducational.
On May 10, 1974, the board of trustees requested from the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church that the college seek affiliation with the State of Alabama. At its annual meeting in June 1974, the conference gave the board this permission and authorized the transfer of the college to the State of Alabama.
In June 1975, the college was accepted by the Alabama State Board of Education subject to the appropriation of operating funds by the Alabama legislature. Later that year, the legislature appropriated funds for the operation of the college to serve the graduates of state junior, community, and technical colleges/institutions.
Later, in 1998, the college became Athens State University.
On May 11, 2012, a bill was passed by the Alabama legislature allowing the creation of an autonomous board of trustees for the university. This board took office in October 2012. Athens State University remains the only upper-division university in the State of Alabama.
Athens State College Historic District
Athens State College Historic District
|Location||202--212 and 311 N. Beaty St., central campus area roughly bounded by Beaty, Pryor and Hobbs Sts., Athens, Alabama|
|Area||8.6 acres (3.5 ha)|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, Queen Anne|
|NRHP reference No.||85000254|
|Added to NRHP||February 14, 1985|
The Athens State College Historic District was named to the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1985. It includes Founders Hall, which was built in 1842–44. Founders Hall is individually listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
- Chris Guillebeau, personal development author
- Steve Mizerak, billiards, winner of the U.S. Open in the 1970s
- Gary Redus, Major League Baseball player
- Dale Strong, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Ha Soo Whang, social worker
- Athens College (disambiguation)
- Tennessee Wesleyan College, once also known as Athens Female College
- ^ a b Act 98. To incorporate the trustees of Athens female academy, in Limestone county. Acts Passed at the Fourth Annual Session of the General Assembly of the State of Alabama. Published January 1823. Act approved December 9, 1822. Pages 122-123. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
- ^ Athens State College Catalog. Athens State College. 1993.
- ^ Poovey, Bill (May 9, 1998). "Governor gives legislators 'pork' money at last minute". The Montgomery Advertiser. Montgomery, Alabama. p. 9.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- ^ Carroll, Andrew. "Will Redus carry on state tradition?", The Tuscaloosa News, January 29, 1984, page 4B.
- Official website
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. AL-301, "Athens College, Founder's Hall, Beaty Street, Athens, Limestone County, AL", 2 photos, 11 measured drawings, 2 data pages
- HABS No. AL-306, "Beaty-Mason House, 211 South Beaty Street, Athens, Limestone County, AL", 9 photos, 9 measured drawings, 3 data pages
- National Register of Historic Places in Limestone County, Alabama
- Queen Anne architecture in Alabama
- Greek Revival architecture in Alabama
- Public universities and colleges in Alabama
- Education in Limestone County, Alabama
- Two year upper class colleges
- Educational institutions established in 1822
- Female seminaries in the United States
- Universities and colleges accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Buildings and structures in Limestone County, Alabama
- Historic districts in Limestone County, Alabama
- Historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Alabama
- Historic American Buildings Survey in Alabama
- 1822 establishments in Alabama
- History of women in Alabama
- Alabama Registered Historic Place stubs
- Southern United States university stubs
- Alabama school stubs