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Four Generals Who Help Austin Peay State University Excel


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – When Austin Peay State University (APSU) was visited by outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill  Haslam, Haslam asked the school’s Board of Trustees what he should tell his successor about the University. Don Jenkins, a trustee, immediately mentioned Austin Peay’s military focus.

APSU President Alisa White (center) stands with Scott Brower, Gary Luck, Robin Mealer and Ronald Bailey, four retired generals now working for Austin Peay State University.

APSU President Alisa White (center) stands with Scott Brower, Gary Luck, Robin Mealer and Ronald Bailey, four retired generals now working for Austin Peay State University.

“This is a very military-friendly town, but it’s an incredibly military-friendly college,” he said.

Jenkins wasn’t exaggerating. With more than 2,650 military-connected students, Austin Peay State University is Tennessee’s leading provider of higher education to military-affiliated students. These individuals are a key part of the University’s culture, and in recent years, Austin Peay officials have strategically recruited former top-level military leaders to ensure this culture remains secure for generations to come.

“We take this responsibility to the military seriously,” Alisa White, APSU president, said.

“And if you’re counting stars, between Gen. (Robin) Mealer and Gen. (Gary) Luck, we have five on the board. Additionally, with Gen. (Ronald) Bailey and Gen. (Scott) Brower on our leadership team, we have four stars. So we have nine stars,” stated White.

Meet The Generals

General Gary Luck

Name: (Ret.) General Gary Luck

Stars: Four

Previous Position: Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command (Korea)/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea

Current Position: APSU trustee

“The instincts, insights and intuition honed via that extensive experience has more than prepared me to take on this responsibility. Further, the atmospherics of being part of such a viable institution as APSU is just plain exciting.”

Brigadier General Robin Mealer

Name: (Ret.) Brigadier General Robin Mealer (’00)

Stars: One

Previous Position: Chief of the Force Management and Integration Division

Current Position: APSU trustee

“Austin Peay State University has contributed much to me both personally, in achieving my degree, and professionally in the advancement and support of the Army ROTC program. This is my opportunity to reciprocate.”


Brigadier General Scott Brower

Name: (Ret.) Brigadier General Scott Brower

Stars: One

Previous Position: Deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division

Current Position: Military adviser in residence

“With my connection to Fort Campbell, understanding of the importance of higher education for our soldiers and family members, and the unique challenges that sometimes face military-affiliated students, I truly believe that I can help make a difference for these students and our University, as well as our local communities.”

Lieutenant General Ronald Bailey

Name: (Ret.) Lieutenant General Ronald Bailey (’77)

Stars: Three

Previous Position: Deputy commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations for the Marine Corps

Current Position: Vice president for external affairs

“Over the years, I’ve traveled upon three ships of service: leadership, relationship and mentorship. I will continue this at APSU.”




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