Hiwassee College

Madisonville, TN


For Immediate Release

March 28, 2019


Today, the Hiwassee College Board of Trustees voted to close the institution at the end of this spring semester, May 10, 2019. 


We are proud of our historic mission of educating students for 170 years in the United Methodist tradition of John Wesley. Many of our alumni have pursued additional education to become pastors in several Conferences as well as other denominations, teachers in our schools, pharmacists in the region, and community leaders across the nation. Hiwassee College’s legacy will survive through those who attended the college and who continue to lead and serve. 


Growing marketplace trends including substantially discounted or highly subsidized public education, changes in demographics, our rural location, and declining enrollment have combined to produce an unsustainable economic model. Our current full-time equivalent enrollment is 225 students. On May 10, we will celebrate with 33 graduates: 23 will receive bachelor’s degrees and 10 will earn associate’s degrees.


Our campus community is a top priority at this difficult time so we will work diligently to assist students to transition to other institutions and to serve as references for faculty and staff seeking career opportunities. We are truly grateful to everyone who has worked so faithfully in service to our mission of Christian education and to our dedicated and faithful donors who have enabled us to grow and sustain our beautiful campus. 


The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church, the community, our alumni, and this region have all been a vital part of supporting our mission and campus. Our faculty and staff have been supportive through the years and we are grateful for their commitment to Hiwassee College and Christian higher education. 


We wish to thank all of those whose prayers and support have been so meaningful for so long.



For information concerning Holston Conference communications, contact Tim Jones, director of communications.