Tennessee Temple University Closing– Two Local Players Without a Team

tennessee templeAfter nearly 70 years in Chattanooga’s Highland Park, Tennessee Temple University is closing its doors. University board members voted unanimously Tuesday to move campuses and merge with Piedmont International University, a private Christian college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The merger will be finalized April 30th, giving students, faculty and staff a few months to decide on what to do next. The roughly 700 students (265 on-campus and the rest online students) now have a few options. They can move with the school to PIU with the promise that no student will have to pay any more in tuition than they already are. But not all TTU majors will be offered at Piedmont, and not all student-athletes will be able to continue their sport. They only offer men’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Two former Coffee County High School students play baseball for Tennessee Temple, John Reese Gilmer and Tyler Cavender. Students have the option to stay local and finish their degrees at Shorter University in Rome, GA or Bryan College in Dayton, TN and promises an unaffected graduation date if relocated.” New plans for the TTU campus space have already been finalized. All buildings were sold to the ministry organization Redemption to the Nations, with plans to establish a Bible college next year.