Columbia State Business Students Have Opportunity For Seamless Transfer to Athens State


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Dr. Janet F. Smith and Dr. Robert Glenn sign an articulation agreement at the Lawrence County Campus that will benefit Columbia State business administration majors who want to transfer to Athens State to continue their studies. Pictured, left to right: Glenn and Smith.


Photo Caption: Pictured: First row, left to right: Dr. Robert Glenn, Athens State president, and Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. Second row, left to right: Necedah Henderson, Athens State director of admissions; Dr. Shanna Jackson, Columbia State dean of extended services and Williamson Campus; Dr. Kim LaFevor, Athens State College of Business dean; Dr. Margaret D. Smith, Columbia State executive vice president and provost of academic and student programs and services; Joni Lenig, Columbia State associate vice president of faculty, curriculum and programs. Third row, left to right: Sarah McAbee, Athens State vice president of enrollment management and student support services; Dearl Lampley, Columbia State dean of the science, technology and math division and associate professor of agriculture; Cissy Holt, Columbia State director of Clifton and Lawrence County campuses; and Dr. Marilia Gerges, Columbia State director of instructional support, distance learning and university services. 

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – April 7, 2015) - - - Thursday, April 2, Columbia State Community College and Athens State University came together for the presidential signing of an articulation agreement that will allow Columbia State business students to seamlessly transfer to Athens State.

“This we hope will be the first of many steps we’ll take together,” said Dr. Robert Glenn, Athens State president. “We appreciate this opportunity and we thank President Smith for allowing us to come and build relationships.”

Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president, noted that partnerships are an important part of education. 

“This is a partnership that provides additional opportunities for students of Columbia State and citizens of this area to continue their studies after completing the associate degree,” Smith said. “It provides opportunity to acquire a bachelor’s degree that is in line with the student’s goals”

The agreement will allow Columbia State students to complete an Associate of Science degree in business administration then transfer seamlessly to continue their studies toward a Bachelor of Science degree from Athens State in the following concentrations: 

  • Accounting
  • Accounting w/minor
  • Acquisition and Contract Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Assurance Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Management w/minor
  • Management of Technology
  • Management of Technology w/minor

Smith commented that she is appreciative of Athens State and that they’ve been connected to Columbia State for many years by providing opportunities for students, particularly in the southern Tennessee region through offering in-state tuition to students from the following nine counties: Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore and Wayne.

“Today, we take one more step toward solidifying our partnership and increasing opportunities for others,” Smith noted. “My appreciation goes out to Athens State and the Columbia State faculty and staff who sat and worked to build the program for our students."

Also in attendance were T.R. Williams, Lawrence County mayor; Dr. Bill Heath, director of Lawrence County Schools; Dr. Vicki Maddox and Jamie Glass, supervisors of instruction for the Lawrence County School System. 

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org.

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