Partnership with University of Tennessee in Reaccreditation Efforts




Knoxville College, one of the oldest and most storied Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) is proud to announce a partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville PhD Higher Education program.


This strategic partnership is designed to support Knoxville College in regaining its accreditation and rightfully return to the position as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the state of Tennessee serving black youth.



"There are so many untapped resources and amazing opportunities between these two institutions that should be explored and collaborating to regain our accreditation is just the tip of the iceberg for partnership."

Leonard L. Adams, Jr., Interim President of Knoxville College



"HBCU's are needed as they are primarily responsible for creating and educating the Black middle class. Knoxville College is needed now more than ever. The institution that I am honored to lead was in a similar position as Knoxville College. We recently made history being fully restored, including accreditation, and obtaining federal financial aid. I am delighted to aid Knoxville College in its efforts for full restoration as a consultant and advisor for full accreditation. I am honored to have a seat at the table."

Dr. Kevin James, President of Morris Brown College


"We are thrilled to partner with Knoxville College to give PhD students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in higher education leadership and to work with a key partner in this community. Our students are excited to aid Knoxville College in its quest to regain its accreditation so it may continue to be able to serve students for generations to come."

Dr. Robert Kelchen, professor and head of the Department of Educational Leadership

and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville



Knoxville College lost its accreditation in 1997. The time has come to document new history as the institution embarks upon a new pathway to accreditation. This partnership allows University of Tennessee, Knoxville PhD students engage in a live case study with hands on opportunities to learn about HBCU's, the accreditation process, governance, finance, academic affairs, and other aspects of business and higher education, while simultaneously earning their degrees and gain valuable experience.


The Adams/Lundy Administration hosted an open meeting at Knoxville College at the McMillan/Reese Chapel. The Accreditation Team (A-Team) will discuss the application process, framework, student engagement, milestones and more.

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