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2019-2020 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Catalog and Student Handbook Archived Catalog

About Motlow

Welcome to Motlow State Community College!

We are pleased you have chosen to attend the best community college in the state, and we are here to assist you in any way to help you achieve your academic goals as well as your life goals. Whether you are preparing to enter the workforce, transferring to a four-year institution, or simply seeking personal growth, we are committed to student success.

Motlow State is a public, multi-campus, student-centered college offering certificates, associate degrees, and flexible learning pathways for early transfer, college preparation, and workforce training. Students are prepared for employment, career advancement, and four-year college or university transfer.

The College serves an 11-county service area comprised of full-time, part-time, traditional, non-traditional, and dual enrollment students from diverse socio-economic populations with disparate educational and cultural backgrounds. It offers high quality accredited educational programs and a variety of support services emphasizing and promoting student success.

Motlow State has four campuses – Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna. In addition, the College has rural location instructional facilities in White County and Shelbyville.

Motlow State is intentionally inclusive in the recruitment of faculty, staff and students, and stands committed to using best practices and applicable technology to foster access, support and success across its internal and external stakeholders.

Motlow State’s Workforce Innovation team partners with regional industry stakeholders to produce students with in-demand, industry recognized credentials. It also offers a robust variety of training and professional development courses that can be tailored specifically to meet individual business and industry needs.

As the fastest growing community college in Tennessee from fall 2015 to fall 2018, Motlow State’s enrollment has risen 43 percent and FTE has increased 54 percent. Motlow, with a current enrollment of 6,668, leads all TBR community colleges in three-year graduation rates and dual enrollment.


MOORE COUNTY – 6015 Ledford Mill Road, Tullahoma, TN 37388

The original, central campus of Motlow State is located on 187 acres of beautifully wooded land in Moore County. It is approximately five miles from Tullahoma via either State Route 55 or State Route 130, approximately eight miles from Lynchburg via State Route 55, and approximately 12 miles from Shelbyville via State Route 130. Other locations include:

FAYETTEVILLE CENTER – 1802 Winchester Highway; P.O. Box 618, Fayetteville, TN 37334

Construction of the 14,000-square-foot instructional facility opened for classes in the fall of 1992. The facility, located on a beautiful 20-acre site 2.5 miles east of downtown Fayetteville, cap-stoned an initiative undertaken by Fayetteville-Lincoln County residents in 1988. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) approved Center status for the Fayetteville Site in July 1997. The Don Sundquist Center of Advanced Technologies, completed in August 2001, is adjacent to the Fayetteville Center.

MCMINNVILLE CENTER – 225 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Construction of a 14,000-square-foot instructional facility in McMinnville was completed in the fall of 1988, and an expanded day and evening program was delivered at the facility in 1988-89. An addition of 2,992 square feet was completed in the spring of 1996 to expand the instructional program. THEC approved Center status for the McMinnville campus in 1990.

SMYRNA CENTER – 5002 Motlow College Blvd., Smyrna, TN 37167

Motlow began offering evening classes at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro in 1998 in a continuing effort to fulfill its mission statement. The College, in order to meet demand, expanded its Rutherford County options to include day classes as well as evening classes by forming a partnership with the Tennessee Army National Guard and offering all classes at their facility in Smyrna in 2000. The College moved into a new 17,500-square-foot facility at its current location in fall 2006 and added a 35,000-square-foot addition in 2011. In March 2018, Motlow State broke ground on a third Smyrna building. The 70,000-square-foot facility will house general classrooms, chemistry and biology labs, medical labs, staff and faculty offices, and a 300-seat multi-purpose facility. The third building will open in fall 2019.

SPARTA SITE – 603 Roosevelt Drive, Sparta, TN 38583

Motlow State’s Sparta site opened in fall 2007 as a partnership between the City of Sparta, White County, the White County Board of Education, and Motlow State. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved the Sparta site to offer 100 percent of degree programs in fall 2018, opening the door for Sparta to increase its course offerings. A Motlow/White County advisory board was created in fall 2018 to explore expansion options for Motlow in Sparta and White County.

TENNESSEE FIRE SERVICE AND CODES ACADEMY – 2161 Unionville Deason Rd., Bell Buckle, TN 37020

Motlow State received approval from SACSCOC to offer 100 percent of its Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy in fall 2018.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE EDUCATION CENTER – 841 Union Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160

The Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC), located in Shelbyville, was created by a partnership between Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State. The facility houses classrooms and administrative and advising offices for both institutions to offer assistance and education for students.


The Founding of Motlow State Community College

The 187-acre site for the College was donated by the Motlow family of Lynchburg, Tennessee. Because of this generous gift and because of Senator Reagor Motlow’s contributions to education in Tennessee, it was recommended that the College be named Motlow State Community College.

Construction began on the first five buildings of the $2.7 million building project in Moore County, Tennessee in March 1968. Dr. Sam H. Ingram, former Dean of the School of Education at Middle Tennessee State University, was appointed as the first president of Motlow State. Dr. Ingram moved the administrative staff into the Administration building on campus in August 1969, after operating previously at First Baptist Church in Tullahoma.

Other buildings on the campus were completed soon after, and the College opened in September 1969 with 551 students and 18 full-time faculty members. The College offered the two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and four two-year career programs.


Moore County

Motlow State’s service area was expanded in 1983 from seven to 11 counties, and Motlow State assumed the lead role for identifying the educational and training needs of its service area. A major campus expansion project was implemented, including renovation of the student center, the maintenance complex, construction of a new 280-seat theater/auditorium, instructional support areas for nursing and engineering, and an office complex.

September 1998 launched another expansion with the construction of the new nursing and technology building. The facility houses business, industrial and computer technology, and the nursing education program. The beautiful Clayton-Glass Library was opened in January 2008.


The College expanded its evening program in Fayetteville and initiated a day instructional program in fall 1988 with an initiative by Lincoln County residents to fund a new facility. This effort succeeded with the opening of a 14,000-square-foot building. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) approved center status for the Fayetteville site in 1997. Construction of the 32,000-square-foot Don Sundquist Center for Advanced Technologies was completed in August 2001.


Construction of a 14,000-square-foot instructional facility in McMinnville was completed and opened in fall 1988. An additional 2,992-square-feet was completed in spring 1996. THEC approved center status for the McMinnville site in January 1990. Increased enrollment and academic program offerings led the way for the McMinnville Center addition, which opened in fall 2008. Academic programs increased with the addition of the Mechatronics certification program in 2008 and the Nursing program in 2009. The Automation & Robotics Training Center (ARTC) broke ground in June 2018 on 4.5 acres adjacent to the McMinnville Center. The new facility will house Motlow State’s new Robotics program and will open in fall 2019.


In January 2003, construction began on the first phase of a Smyrna facility that opened July 2006 and is named for former Motlow President Dr. Arthur L. Walker, Jr. The nursing program was added at the Smyrna site in 2008. In December 2010, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the construction of a 35,000-square-foot classroom building on the Smyrna site. The building opened in August 2013 and is named for former Motlow President Dr. MaryLou Apple. Expansion continues in Smyrna with a 70,000-square-foot building scheduled to be completed in fall 2019.

The Presidential Legacy

  • Dr. Michael Torrence / 2018-present
  • Ms. Hilda Tunstill / 2017-18 (interim)
  • Dr. Anthony G. Kinkel / 2015-17
  • Dr. MaryLou Apple / 2006-15
  • Dr. Arthur L. Walker, Jr. / 2003-06
  • Dr. A. Frank Glass / 1987-2003
  • Dr. Wade Powers / 1986-87 (interim)
  • Dr. Harry Wagner / 1975-86
  • Dr. Sam H. Ingram / 1969-75

Motlow State Community College Lead Institution for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Centers

The lead institution concept, developed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, assigns to an institution the responsibility for identifying the appropriate level of sub-baccalaureate education and training needed based upon the area’s employment demands. Motlow State has been assigned the role of lead institution for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Centers (TCATs) in McMinnville, Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, and is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the development of a cohesive plan for the delivery of vocational, technical, and career programs in its 11-county service area. Motlow State assists the TCATs in program planning, accounting and budgeting, purchasing, personnel, student records, student financial aid and institutional research, and serves as a catalyst to strengthen the relationship between the area institutions of post-secondary education and business and industry.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

As a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, Motlow State does not discriminate on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle enquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of Human Resources, Ingram Administration Building, Room 120 (931-393-1544).