Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, the tenth President of Middle Tennessee State University, has presided over one of the most remarkable periods of growth and progress in the institution’s century of service.
During McPhee’s presidency, which began in 2001, MTSU has become the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee and the No. 1 producer of graduates in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. MTSU is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee, the state’s veterans and boasts the state’s largest summer session enrollment.
McPhee’s presidency also coincided with more than $400 million in improvements in academic, athletic and campus facilities – either proposed, under construction or competed – including the 250,000-square-foot, $147-million Science Building set to open in January 2015.
Since his arrival, MTSU has been successful in raising admission standards, which resulted in an increase in enrollment of high-ability students. McPhee has overseen the addition of almost 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, two colleges (Behavioral and Health Sciences and University College) and 12 institutes and centers.