Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: August 5, 2009

For more information contact, Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247

Ribbon Cutting Soon Takes Place for the Highly Anticipated Maxine A. Smith Center

Southwest Tennessee Community College will host a ribbon cutting/open house ceremony for its recently completed, highly anticipated Maxine A. Smith Center located at 8800 East Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis. The ceremony will take place August 18 at 2 p.m.

This new edifice replaces the college’s Southeast Center, formerly located on the corner of Winchester and Mendenhall. According to site study research, locating the Maxine A. Smith Center in the southeastern part of Shelby County gives access to higher education for more than several hundred thousand residents. It is also convenient to Collierville, Germantown and Olive Branch, Mississippi.

The center is a three-story, 67,300-square-foot brick education building containing a library; eight computer classrooms, 21 new classrooms and chemistry, biology and science labs all with 21st century technology; an academic support space; a multipurpose classroom; a student lounge and gathering space; administrative offices; and other mechanical and support spaces.

This replacement center was named in honor of Dr. Maxine A. Smith, a former college French instructor who has devoted much of her life to education. Dr. Smith served two terms as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents. Her early contributions to the forerunners of Southwest Tennessee Community College, both Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis, have been numerous. A strong advocate for education at all levels in Memphis, Dr. Smith often championed education and community service.

Southwest President Nathan Essex is excited about opening the new replacement center. “The center will provide a much needed service in the southeastern sector of our city,” said President Essex in an earlier statement.

A brief program will be followed by tours of the new facility. For more information, contact Rose Landey, executive director of institutional development, at (901) 333-4577 or via e-mail at


Photo caption: : The Maxine A. Smith Center

Photo caption: : Dr. Maxine A. Smith