Mary T. Barker Humanities Building Open After Renovations

Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President; Dr. Michael Stokes, Vice President for Student Services; Dr. Barsha Pickell, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Alisha Fox, Vice President for Finance and Operations / Chief Operating Officer; Mike Griffin, Foundation Board Chair

Mary T. Barker Humanities Building Open After Renovations

Holly Appleton
Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:00 AM
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CLEVELAND, Tenn.- This fall semester, Cleveland State Community College students are able to experience the newly renovated Mary T. Barker Humanities Building. The Humanities renovation was part of the college’s revitalization project. The total project cost was $25 Million with $2.5 Million allocated from fundraising and $22.5 Million from state funding. 

“We are so excited to have both the new construction Health and Science Center as well as this renovated state-of-the-art Humanities Building now open for our students and faculty to enjoy,” stated Alisha Fox, Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer at CSCC. “This project was a collaborative effort with input from faculty, staff, and others during the planning phases in 2018-2019. The building has the latest and greatest in technology for both upgraded in-person and remote learning. New furniture, windows, and lighting make this building comfortable and efficient. The Humanities renovation is the first of many at the CSCC main campus.”

A $3 Million budget was set for the building to receive upgrades for design, construction, and equipment. The renovations included $150,000 in classroom technology upgrades like new presentation panels and aesthetic makeovers including new paint, flooring, and furniture. Approximately $50,000 was used to install high performance WIFI and fiber upgrades. 

Most of the building’s rooms were updated including ten classrooms, three computer labs, a lecture hall, a conference room, six restrooms, 24 offices, and a brand new dean’s suite. Safety upgrades included auto locking exterior doors and security cameras.

CSCC invites anyone who would like to see the new renovations, to visit the campus for a tour. For more information on Cleveland State Community College, visit the website or email If you are interested in applying,visit Students are currently enrolled online and on-campus through the CSCCmain campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, as well as CSCC’s Athens Center in Athens, Tennesseeand Monroe County Center in Vonore, Tennessee.

 CSCC earned the Tennessee Board of Regent’s 2019 College of The Year. CSCC directly servesBradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk Counties in Tennessee. The College System ofTennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving more than 140,000 students.

Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President and Alisha Fox, Vice President for Finance and Operations / Chief Operating Officer


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