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Roane State Community College is a two-year college located in eastern Tennessee. It was authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1969, along with two other community colleges, and operates under the authority of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
There were 5,531 students as of the fall of 2008, of whom 54% were enrolled full-time and 46% were part-time students.
Roane State's first permanent branch campus, designated as the Oak Ridge campus, was located in western Knox County near the Pellissippi Parkway and was shared with State Technical Institute at Knoxville, another Board of Regents institution. In the fall of 1988, two years after the campus opened in 1986, State Technical Institute became Pellissippi State Technical Community College and took over the entire campus, while Roane State moved its Oak Ridge classes to leased sites in Oak Ridge. A new permanent Roane State Oak Ridge campus opened in Oak Ridge on August 13, 1999.
In 1989 higher education centers were established in leased facilities in Cumberland, Scott, and Loudon counties. In 1990 a center was opened in Campbell County. The Scott County center relocated to a permanent site in Huntsville in 1994 and the Cumberland County center opened in a permanent site in Crossville in 1998. Also in 1998, Roane State's Center for Health Sciences moved into a new leased facility in western Knox County that was built specifically for the college. A Morgan County campus was constructed in Wartburg in 2008.
The college president is Dr. Gary Goff. Dr. Adolf King serves as vice president.
The college's first president was Cuyler Dunbar, who served from 1970 until 1988, when he left to become president of Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina. He was succeeded by Dr. Sherry L. Hoppe, who served in the position (initially on an interim basis) until 2000, when she became interim president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. After Hoppe's departure, Bill Fuqua served as interim president until 2001, when Dr. Wade McCamey became president. McCamey left Roane State in 2005 to be president of Walters State Community College. Dr. Goff assumed the presidency in the fall of 2005.
The school is primarily designed for students who intend to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Four-year institutions with which Roane State has articulation agreements include Austin Peay State University, Bryan College, Carson-Newman College, East Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Maryville College, Middle Tennessee State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Strayer University, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Trevecca Nazarene University, three University of Tennessee campuses, and Union University.
In addition to its transfer programs, Roane State offers career preparation programs leading to associate degrees or certificates in business management, office administration, police science, nursing, and 13 other health science fields.
Roane State's mascot is the Raider.
In November 2008, 73-year-old Roane State student Ken Mink became the oldest person ever to score in a college basketball game, sinking two free throws against King College. Mink played one semester until being declared academically ineligible after failing a Spanish course.
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