Athens State University

Athens State University is a public upper level university in Athens, Alabama. Thirty-three different majors are offered to junior and senior students. The majors are housed in one of three colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business.

Athens State University
TypePublic two-year senior college
EstablishedDecember 9, 1822[1]
PresidentDr. Robert K. Glenn[2]
ProvostDr. Joe Delap[3]
Location, ,
United States

34°48′20″N 86°58′0″W
MascotHebrew the Bear
WebsiteOfficial website


Athens State University began as the Athens Female Academy in 1822.[1] 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.[4]

In 1931 the name was shortened to Athens College when it became coeducational. In 1974 Athens State became a public institution run by the state of Alabama, and the college became known as Athens State College. Later, in 1998, the college became Athens State University.[5] Recently, Athens State has moved to an autonomous university status and has established a board of trustees.

Athens State College Historic District

Athens State College Historic District
Founders Hall is a contributing property to the historic district
Location202--212 and 311 N. Beaty St., central campus area roughly bounded by Beaty, Pryor and Hobbs Sts., Athens, Alabama
Area8.6 acres (3.5 ha)
ArchitectHiram Higgins
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, Queen Anne
NRHP reference #85000254[6]
Added to NRHPFebruary 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.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. 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.
  2. "Office of the President". Athens State University. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  3. "Dr. Joe Delap". Athens State University. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. Athens State College Catalog. Athens State College. 1993.
  5. Poovey, Bill (May 9, 1998). "Governor gives legislators 'pork' money at last minute". The Montgomery Advertiser. Montgomery, Alabama. p. 9.
  6. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. Carroll, Andrew. "Will Redus carry on state tradition?", The Tuscaloosa News, January 29, 1984, page 4B.

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