Who Was Austin Peay... And Why Did They Name A University for Him?
He was Tennessee Governor Austin Peay... a favorite son of Clarksville. Gov. Peay signed a law establishing Austin Peay Normal School on April 26, 1927. So, now you also know why APSU's nickname is the "Governors." Although Austin Peay State University has a 80-year history, institutions of higher learning have occupied the campus since 1806.
No, APSU Is Not Located In Austin, Texas
We're from Clarksville, Tennessee. There has traditionally been some confusion by the uninitiated as to the whereabouts of Austin Peay State University. So, hopefully this will clarify any confusion.
Austin Peay is located in Clarksville, Tenn., a thriving community of 113,000 and the fastest-growing city in Tennessee. The Clarksville metropolitan area (Montgomery and Stewart Counties in Tennessee and Trigg and Christian Counties in Kentucky) has a population of more than 240,000 people.
Situated on gently rolling terrain near picturesque downtown Clarksville, Austin Peay’s main campus consists of 74 buildings on the 160-acre main campus. Adding to these facilities for a total physical plant value of more than $31 million are a 475-acre laboratory environmental education center and the Austin Peay State University Center at Fort Campbell.
Conveniently located off Interstate 24, just 45 minutes northwest of Tennessee's capital, Nashville, Austin Peay State University enrolls more than 9,000 students from every region of Tennessee, most of the 50 states and several foreign countries.
The School Name "Governors".
In the infant years of intercollegiate competition, Austin Peay's athletic representatives were often called "Normalities" or "Warriors." The present "Governors" tag surfaced around 1937, probably as a tribute to Governor Austin Peay.
How Do You Pronounce "Peay"?
Just like the letter "P". Or like the southern vegetable, "black eyed pea." Ask an APSU fan the proper pronunciation and they'll tell you, As in ..."Let's Go Peay!"
The cheer "Let's Go Peay" became APSU's battle cry during its first two NCAA appearances in the early 70's.