Tusculum College is a coeducational private college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, with its main campus in Tusculum, Tennessee, United States, a suburb of Greeneville.
In 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state, Presbyterian ministers Hezekiah Balch and Samuel Doak, both educated at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), were ministering to the pioneers of East Tennessee, which was then the southwestern frontier of the United States. They also strove to meet the educational needs of these Scots-Irish settlers. Doak and Balch were both visionaries who ultimately sought the same goals through their rival colleges. They wanted to educate settlers of the American frontier so that they would become better Presbyterians, and therefore, in their vision, better citizens. Origin of name Doak christened the institution Tusculum after the homestead of Princeton Universityï¿½s then-president Dr. John Witherspoon, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. The original Tusculum was a city near Rome, Italy and home to Roman scholar and philosopher Cicero. It was he who, along with others, identified the civic virtues that form the basis of civic republican tradition, which emphasizes citizens working together to form good societies that in turn foster individuals of good character. Key institutional events 1784 Samuel Doak establishes Martin's Academy (renamed Washington College Academy in 1795). 1794 Greeneville College is chartered by the General Assembly of the Territory South of the River Ohio and established by Hezekiah Balch. 1808 Hugh Brown receives first academic degree from Tusculum's predecessor, Greeneville College. 1816 Samuel Witherspoon Doak (son of Samuel Doak) founds Tusculum Academy, which operates in a log cabin adjacent to the present site of Tusculum College. 1844 Tusculum Academy renamed Tusculum College. Andrew Johnson, who later becomes the 17th President of the United States, is one of its trustees. Johnson often walked the five miles (8 km) to and from Greeneville to participate in the debating activities at Tusculum. 1860s During the Civil War, college buildings serve as barracks for soldiers. 1868 Greeneville College and Tusculum College merge to become Greeneville & Tusculum College. 1878 First female students admitted to Greeneville & Tusculum College. By the turn of the 20th century, more than half of its students are women. 1878 Student editor/printer Landon C. Haynes publishes first student newspaper, The Record, which later becomes The Pioneer; now known as The Pioneer Frontier. 1908 Merger of Washington College Academy and Tusculum College. 1912 Washington College Academy breaks away from the current Tusculum College. 1913 McCormick Day (AKA ï¿½Nettie Dayï¿½) established, a day of service on campus and the local community. Through the philanthropy of Nettie Fowler McCormick ï¿½ widow of Cyrus Hall McCormick, the inventor of a notable mechanized reaper ï¿½ five major buildings are added on campus. 1917 First yearbook published, known as both Tusculana and Opus. 1927 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) formally accredits Tusculum for the first time. 1950s Lantern festival begins, honoring graduating seniors and soon-to-be seniors. 1984 Graduate and Professional Studies Program begins, extending learning opportunities to adult students. Originally titled Tusculum Adult Leaders Learning (TALL), the program opens satellite campuses locations throughout East Tennessee. 1991 Civic Arts core program begins. 1991 Focused (block) calendar adopted. Presidents Greeneville College (1794ï¿½1860) Hezekiah Balch, D.D. 1794ï¿½1810 Charles Coffin, D.D. 1810ï¿½27 Henry Hoss 1828ï¿½36 Alfred Hoss 1836ï¿½38 James McLin, B.A. 1838ï¿½40 Samuel Matthews 1843ï¿½45 Charles Van Vlech 1845ï¿½46 John Fleming 1846ï¿½47 William B. Rankin, D.D. 1854ï¿½58 John Lampson 1859ï¿½60 Tusculum Academy (1829ï¿½68) Samuel Doak, D.D. 1818ï¿½29 Samuel Witherspoon Doak, D.D. 1829ï¿½44 Tusculum College (1844ï¿½68) Samuel Witherspoon Doak, D.D. 1844ï¿½64 William Stephenson Doak, D.D. 1865ï¿½68 Tusculum and Greeneville College (1868ï¿½1912) William Stephenson Doak, D.D. (1868ï¿½82) Alexander M. Doak (acting) 1882ï¿½83 Jeremiah Moore, D.D. 1883ï¿½1901 Samuel A. Coile, D.D. 1901ï¿½07 Charles O. Gray, D.D. 1907ï¿½12 Tusculum College (1912ï¿½present) Charles O. Gray, D.D. 1912ï¿½31 Charles A. Anderson, D.D. 1931ï¿½42 John McSween, D.D. 1942ï¿½44 Jere A. Moore (acting) 1944ï¿½46 George K. Davies, Ph.D. 1946ï¿½50 Leslie K. Patton (acting) 1950ï¿½51 Raymond C. Rankin, D.D. 1951ï¿½65 Douglas C. Trout, Ph.D. 1965ï¿½68 Charles J. Ping (acting) 1968ï¿½69 Andrew N. Cothran, Ph.D. 1969ï¿½72 Thomas G. Voss, Ph.D. 1972ï¿½78 Earl R. Mezoff, Ed.D. 1978ï¿½88 Robert E. Knott, Ph.D. 1989ï¿½2000 Thomas J. Garland (interim) 2000 Dolphus E. Henry III, Ph.D. 2000ï¿½07ï¿½ Russell L. Nichols, Ph.D. (interim) August 2007ï¿½April 2009ï¿½ Nancy B. Moody, DSN April 2009ï¿½present
Tusculum College provides a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement.
James D. Black (1849ï¿½1938), Governor of Kentucky in 1919 Vincent Boreing (1839ï¿½1903), U.S. Representative from Kentucky Ricardo Colclough (b. 1982), cornerback in the National Football League Steve Crane (b. 1972), former English football player Brandon Dickson (b. 1984), Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals David B. Hawk (b. 1968), member of the Tennessee House of Representatives Tommy Kilby (b. 1964) member of the Tennessee Senate Pryor Lea (1794ï¿½1879), U.S. Representative from Tennessee Oscar Lovette (1871ï¿½1934), U.S. Representative from Tennessee William McFarland (1821ï¿½1900), U.S. Representative from Tennessee Park Overall (b. 1957), actress and 2012 Democratic candidate for United States Senate seat held by Bob Corker Chris Poore (b. 1984), basketball player for Washington Generals Harry L. Sears (1920ï¿½2002), member of the New Jersey Senate George Caldwell Taylor (1885ï¿½1952), federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee John Henry Wilson (1846ï¿½1923), U.S. Representative from Kentucky. Ryan Troutman (b. 1987) Plays Professional Basketball in Germany
Rural, 140 Acres (0.57ï¿½Km2)