CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Austin Peay State University will officially install Dr. Mike Licari as the institution’s 11th president. Friday November 5 at 10:30 a.m.
The installation ceremony will take place in Austin Peay’s Mabry Concert Hall and will begin with a traditional procession of professors and staff in formal costume.
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the event, with seating on a first-come basis. Members of the community are invited to watch the ceremony via a live broadcast that will be posted on Austin Peay’s official Facebook page on Friday morning.
The presidential installation ceremony is a 400-year-old collegiate tradition that originated in the country’s colonial colleges in the 17th century. The event on November 5 will continue this ritual as the University celebrates the official transfer of leadership to Austin Peay with musical performances, speeches by dignitaries and a presidential address by Licari.
On December 21, 2020, the APSU Board of Trustees named Licari the 11th president of the university. He officially arrived at Austin Peay on March 1, 2021. Licari previously served as president and vice president of academic affairs at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he oversaw all academic functions of the school, including 34 academic departments hosted in five colleges. He was also responsible for overseeing much of the university’s strategic plan and its general fund budget of $ 100 million.
Licari received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctorate. in Political Science with a specialization in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.