President's Message

Welcome to Hiwassee College, home of the Tigers!  Our faculty, staff, and I are dedicated to your success through providing you with an excellent higher education experience in a Christian environment. Hiwassee College is a place where you will grow intellectually, socially and spiritually.

We think you will find our new website and our social media an excellent representation of the spirit, mission, success, and life on our Southern Smoky Mountains campus.  When browsing through our new site you will be able to quickly review the academic, athletic, alumni, and student expressions of what it means to live, work, play, and pray at Hiwassee College.

Our faculty is committed to teaching. They are focused on making students successful using the most effective tools in the classroom and in the community around us. Our faculty is constantly seeking ways to utilize our 400-acre campus as a teaching tool. We are examining ways to be a sustainable campus through the use of alternative energy sources and Green initiatives, while protecting the integrity of the land. We are growing our student work/study program so our students will have every opportunity to fully participate in this incredible adventure while supporting their academic pursuits.

We have an extraordinary alumni group who are active, dedicated, and frequently join us on campus.  We are very fortunate that so many alumni live in East Tennessee, but many often travel significant distances for special events.  The alumni have been a tremendous source of strength in our past and will certainly be a critical part of our future.

We greatly value partnering with our community through sharing our resources and facilities. Responding to our student satisfaction surveys, and in listening to our community, we recycled the old materials from our natatorium and funded the renovation of our pool which had been closed for nearly a decade. Now our students, summer campers, and community can experience a cool dip in the pool during hot summer days or gain valuable rewards from aquatic exercise. Our quad is alive with games of all sorts involving students, faculty, and staff. Our students indicated a strong interest in creating a theater and drama club and we are moving ahead full steam and will be offering several summer camps for students of all ages interested in drama. Our goal is to create opportunities for all students to find their own space outside the classroom as well. We are renovating our greenhouses to start our organic gardens this spring and already have a group of students who will be working in our gardens all spring and summer. Our award winning cafeteria will now be a “farm to table” environment, utilizing herbs and our own vegetables from our garden.

We have recently started rodeo, bass fishing and shooting teams. If you prefer traditional sports, we have them! Men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, golf, and tennis coaches are working furiously on recruitment, scheduling, and practices. There is simply something for every student on our campus and we are constantly looking for new opportunities to assist students in fulfilling those areas of interest and perpetually looking for ways to become a more environmentally and energy sustainable campus!

There is a great deal of new activity taking place on our mountain view campus and I hope you will join us!  This is an outstanding opportunity to learn in a setting that provides you great classroom opportunities to learn, to become friends with students from many different locations, to hike the Smoky Mountains, whitewater raft one of our many rivers, enjoy our area lakes, or take a mile-high, scenic ride on the Cherohala Skyway.  We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you on campus!  There is no better time to start your higher education experience than now, and there is no better place to begin than Hiwassee College!

See you soon!

Robin Tricoli
President