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Posted on October 12, 2018
Knoxville News Sentinel: Tusculum University inaugurates James Hurley as 28th president
By Monica Kast
October 12, 2018
GREENEVILLE – Tusculum University inaugurated its 28th president, James Hurley, on Friday morning.
During the inauguration ceremony, Hurley, as well as U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and several student representatives, spoke about Hurley's first year as president and the future of the university.
"I believe that our future here at TU is bright," Hurley said. "Our best days lie ahead."
Hurley started in his role at Tusculum University last October.
Before coming to Tusculum, he was the executive vice president, dean of the School of Business and a professor at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Alexander praised Hurley for his actions in his first year.
"We know he thinks big," Alexander said during the ceremony. "He's only been president for a year, but we have an idea of what the future may hold."
Alexander pointed to Tusculum University's transition from a college this past year, and the plans to expand academic programs.
"This homecoming is a good reminder that Tusculum has plenty that is unique to celebrate," Alexander said. "It now has the arrival of an experienced, big thinking, new president who dreams of building on the success Tusculum has already had."
Addressing the future of the university, Hurley announced the name of the new school of optometry – the Niswonger College of Optometric Medicine, named after Tennessee philanthropist Scott Niswonger.
Hurley said Niswonger has "given nearly $70 million" to Tusculum University.
After the ceremony, Hurley said the college of optometry is in the accreditation phase and more will be known in upcoming weeks.
Hurley said he chose to wait a year before being inaugurated in order to "put the needs of the institution first."
"There's a lot that goes into being a university president, behind the scenes," Hurley said. "We're blessed to be here, we're happy to be here, and we love Tusculum, we love Greeneville."
In addition to the inauguration ceremony, Tusculum University is also celebrating homecoming this weekend, with events continuing through Saturday night.
The annual homecoming parade will take place on campus at 1 p.m. After the parade, the Tusculum University football team plays Newberry College at 3 p.m. at Pioneer Field.
More information about homecoming events, including tickets for the football game, is available on the Tusculum homecoming website.
About Tusculum University
Tusculum University is a private university located in Greeneville, with satellite campuses in Knoxville and Morristown. Founded in 1794, it is the oldest higher education institution in Tennessee. Previously Tusculum College, it became Tusculum University earlier this year.
There are 885 undergraduate students enrolled at Tusculum University. Tuition, room and board for the 2018-2019 academic year was approximately $34,050. In September, the university announced it would freeze undergraduate tuition at $24,860 for the 2019-2020 academic year. For 2019-2020, graduate programs will see a slight tuition increase.