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Motlow State Community College
Motlow State Community College - Smyrna Center.JPG
Motlow State Community College - Smyrna Center
TypeCommunity college
PresidentDr. Michael L. Torrence (May 2018)
Students5,000 [1]
AddressP.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352
, Lynchburg , McMinnville , Fayetteville and Smyrna, TN, US
35°21′57″N 86°18′00″W / 35.3658°N 86.2999°W / 35.3658; -86.2999

35°21′57″N 86°18′00″W / 35.3658°N 86.2999°W / 35.3658; -86.2999
Colors          Green & Gold [2]
NicknameBucks & Lady Bucks
AffiliationsTCCAA / NJCAA
Motlow College Logo.jpg

Motlow State Community College is a public, multi-campus college offering associate degrees, certificates, associate of applied science degrees in southern Middle Tennessee.

The main campus opened its facilities in 1969 and is located in Moore County on 187 acres of land donated by the late Senator Reagor Motlow and family. Motlow College also has learning centers in Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna, a teaching site in Sparta and a partnership in Shelbyville at the Middle Tennessee Education Center.

The College serves more than 540,000 citizens in Motlow’s 11-county service area including Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Rutherford, Van Buren, Warren and White.

The college also allows three border counties in Alabama to receive in state tuition. The counties include Madison, Jackson, and Limestone.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways degrees may be completed at Motlow’s Moore County campus, and at the Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna Centers. If followed exactly, the pathways guarantee admission to most public universities in Tennessee. In addition to offering over 40 Tennessee Transfer Pathway degrees, Motlow offers A.A.S. degrees in nursing, early childhood education, information systems technology, business technology and emergency medical services.

Technical certificates can be earned at Motlow College in early childhood education, paramedic and mechatronics. The mechatronics program has multiple partnerships with area industry and high schools and has received national recognition.

Motlow’s education program was recently named one of the Top 50 Community College Education Programs in the country, and the business program recently earned reaccreditation from the Association for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.[ citation needed]

Through the dual/joint enrollment program, high school juniors and seniors at local schools like Cascade High, Community High, and Central High can take college courses while attending high school.

Motlow participates in baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball as part of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.

History & Leadership

The Motlow family donated 187 acres (0.76 km2) of land on which the college is built in Moore County, Tennessee; subsequently, the college bears the family name—Motlow College. Motlow honors Senator Motlow and his family for their significant contributions. Dr. Michael L. Torrence was appointed the next president of MSCC and will succeed Hilda Tunstill, who has served as interim president following the resignation of Dr. Anthony Kinkel. In addition to Kinkel, previous presidents include Dr. MaryLou Apple, Dr. Sam Ingram, Dr. Harry Wagner, Dr. A. Frank Glass, and Dr. Arthur L. Walker, Jr.


  • Dr. Sam Ingram (president 1968-1975)
  • Dr. Harry Wagner (president 1975-1986)
  • Dr. Wade Powers (interim president 1986-1987)
  • Dr. A. Frank Glass (president 1987-2003)
  • Dr. Arthur L. Walker, Jr. (president 2003-2006)
  • Dr. MaryLou Apple (president 2006-2015)
  • Dr. Anthony Kinkel(president 2015-2017)
  • Ms. Hilda Tunstill (interim president 2017)
  • Dr. Michael L. Torrence (Assumes office in May 2018)


Motlow is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Level 1 associate degree.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "TN Promise tied to record Motlow enrollment in Smyrna". Daily News Journal.
  2. ^ "Media Bank".
  3. ^ "Bryan Morris Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 10, 2012.

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