Walters State Community College

Walters State: The Great Smoky Mountains Community College (WSCC, Walters State) is a state-supported community college operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. It was established in 1970 and is located in Morristown, Tennessee. The college was named in honor of former United States Senator Herbert S. Walters.

Walters State Community College
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WSCC campus in 2018
TypeState Funded
EstablishedSeptember, 1970
Endowment$6.9 million[1]
PresidentDr. Tony Miksa
Academic staff
500 S. Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, TN 37813-6899
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36°12′50″N 83°15′47″W / 36.214°N 83.263°W / 36.214; -83.263Coordinates: 36°12′50″N 83°15′47″W / 36.214°N 83.263°W / 36.214; -83.263
Colors               Red, White and Blue
NicknameSenators & Lady Senators
AffiliationsNJCAA Region VII
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The comprehensive community college serves ten predominantly rural East Tennessee counties[2] in the area of the Clinch and Great Smoky Mountains with four campuses totalling approximately 6,980 degree-seeking, commuting students. The current president is Dr. Anthony (Tony) Miksa.


In 1957 the Pierce-Albright Report was presented to the Tennessee legislature, detailing situations of higher education in the state. It showed many citizens of Tennessee to be without sufficient access to colleges and universities and led to the allocation of $200,000 in 1963 to implement the recommendations of the report.[3]

The State Board of Education developed a plan to locate community colleges in the underserved regions within a reasonable distance of travel to the majority of residents, and in 1965 the Tennessee General Assembly certified the establishment of the first wave of these institutions. In 1970 Walters State Community College became the sixth college created in this process.[3]

Walters State was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges in 1972 and received reaffirmation of accreditation in 1976, 1987 and 1997.[3]


  • Dr. James W. Clark, was appointed as the first president of Walters State Community College in 1969 and served in that capacity until 1974. While classes were held in temporary quarters in Morristown during the first year of the college's operation, Dr. Clark oversaw the completion of The College Center, the first building built on the campus and opened in 1971.
  • Dr. Jack E. Campbell, who was hired in 1974 to succeed Clark, was considered one of the youngest college presidents at the time. Under his leadership, the campus expanded from the one campus location in Morristown with a population of 1,736 students to having four campuses with a total student population of 6,000 credit degree-seeking students and 5,000 students in non-degree, job training and continuing education courses at the time of his retirement in 2005. The College Center would be renamed in Dr. Campbell's honor.
  • Dr. Wade B. McCamey, who had previously been the president of Roane State Community College and previously served as vice-president of academic affairs at Walters State Community College, was selected in 2005 and has served in that capacity until June 2016. During his tenure, the college experienced more growth and expansion through the building of additional facilities on the Sevierville Campus, the Morristown campus(with one of the facilities named the Dr. Wade B. Campbell Student Services building upon his retirement) and the Greeneville campus.
  • Dr. Anthony (Tony) Miksa, was named the fourth president of Walters State in May 2016 and his tenure began on June 1.


Walters State sports programs:


University Parallel Majors

Accounting, African-American Studies, Agriculture, American Studies, Art Education/Art/Art History, Animal Science, Astronomy Biology, Business, Broadcasting, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Finance, Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish), General Studies, Geography, Geology, History, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Mathematics/Mathematics Education/Statistics, Music/Music Education, Philosophy, Physics, Physical Education, Health and Recreation, Political Science, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Environmental Health, Pre-Medical Technology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Radiography, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, Professional Entertainment – Performance, Religious Studies, Secondary Education, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Special Education, Speech, Stage Management, Theatre, Women’s Studies,

Technical Education Programs

Accounting, Agriculture Business, Bio-Medical Equipment Technology, Business Administration, Computer Networking, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Drafting and Design, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Electrical/Electronics, Electromechanical Technology, Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Paramedic, Fire Protection, General Technology, Golf Course and Turfgrass Management, Greenhouse Management, Health Information Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Information Technology, Law Enforcement/Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education, Manufacturing, Medical Coding, Medical Insurance Specialist, medical transcription, Nursing, Office Administration, Paralegal Studies, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care,


The Tennessee Board of Regents designates ten counties as being served by Walters State Community College:[2]

Maples-Marshall Hall on the Sevier County Campus

As its reach extends across a geographically large area, there are four campuses of Walters State Community College. The primary campus is located in Morristown, while satellite branches are found in Sevierville, Greeneville, and New Tazewell. In mid-2010, the Claiborne extension moved into the old Claiborne County High School.

List of Campuses
  • Morristown (Main/primary Campus)
  • Greeneville
  • New Tazewell
  • Sevierville

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Walters State Community College". Retrieved 2007-07-06.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Walters State Service Area". Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  3. ^ a b c "Walters State Community College History". Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-04-04.

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