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Governor Haslam Visits Greeneville Campus
February 5, 2014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited Walters State’s Greeneville/Greene County Campus on Feb. 4 to sign the last piece of beam that will be installed at the highest point of the new building currently under construction at the campus.

Haslam signed the beam the day after announcing in his State of the State address his “Tennessee Promise” plan to waive the tuition and fees at community colleges for high school graduates starting this fall.

The beam Haslam signed also includes the signatures of Walters State students, faculty, staff and supporters as well as members of the community.

Walters State began a major expansion of its downtown Greeneville campus in April 2013. The college is building a new 104,000 square-foot building so that it can add and expand programs and services.  

It will enable Walters State to add an occupational therapist assistant program and expand its physical therapist assistant program. The college also plans to expand its public safety programs at the campus, including the Walters State Law Enforcement Academy.

The new building will feature four natural science labs; four allied health labs; seven general education classrooms; four collaboratory rooms in support of the college’s nationally recognized mobile-learning initiative; a large learning-support emporium; three computer labs; a learning resource center; a 234-seat lyceum; a cafeteria, and a residential police academy and public safety training labs and classrooms.

The new building is expected to open in early 2015.

Pictured above, from left, are Scott Niswonger, local businessman, philanthropist and WSCC trustee; Gov. Bill Haslam; Dr. Lori Campbell, vice president for Academic Affairs, and Dru Weems Miller, dean of the Greeneville/Greene County Campus.