By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee State University’s new president said troubles at her alma mater, including accusations of grade fixing, can be resolved by creating a sense of unity along with better communication.
Glenda Baskin Glover, current dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., was chosen from four finalists last week. The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday to approve her appointment.
Glover, who earned her bachelor’s degree at Tennessee State in mathematics in 1974, will take over as president on Jan. 2 with a salary of $279,000.
She told the board she’s “honored and excited” to return to the historically black college in Nashville.
“It’s an awesome feeling, as well as an awesome responsibility,” Glover said.
Glover replaces interim president Portia Shields, who came to the university in early 2011 to make reforms for the school to gain a necessary full accreditation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents will likely approve alumna Glenda Baskin Glover as the next president of Tennessee State University.
TBR Chancellor John Morgan on Monday said in a news release he recommended Glover, who is currently the dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., out of four finalists.
The full board will decide whether to approve the pick during a telephone meeting next Tuesday.
Glover, who got her bachelor’s degree at the historically black university in Nashville, had wide support among TSU alumni community, Morgan said.
“During this process, it became clear that a large number of alumni supported the idea of a TSU alumnus as president, especially one as exceptionally qualified as Dr. Glover,” Morgan said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing that support demonstrated in many ways.”
Glover has served at Jackson State University since 1994 and is a licensed attorney and certified public accountant. She has degrees from Clark Atlanta University, Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University.
Glover also helped to fundraise for Jackson State University and obtain the university’s first endowed chair. She spearheaded the implementation of online learning programs and developed the university’s internal fiscal accountability measures.
“Dr. Glover’s outstanding credentials and leadership skills are impressive,” said Morgan. “Her experience as a faculty member, campus administrator and an engaged member of the civic and business communities will serve TSU and the entire region well. She is an accomplished professional in many ways. But most of all, she is committed to the success of TSU’s students, and I believe she will help the institution continue to grow and move forward on a path toward accomplishing its goals.”
She will replace interim president Portia Shields, who has led the university during a reaccreditation process
By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The interim president of Tennessee State University said allegations of grade fixing at the university have opened dialogue for better communication between faculty and administrators.
The Senate Higher Education Subcommittee held a hearing on Monday to address allegations that university officials changed more than 100 students’ grades of “incomplete” for two introductory-level courses into letter grades without instructors’ permission.
Tennessee Board of Regents officials told the panel there were mistakes made and that there was a lack of communication, but they said an internal audit found no wrongdoing by university administrators.
One of the faculty members who made the allegations said she voiced her concerns outside the school because she didn’t think they would be addressed by university administrators. Another faculty member said he was simply “afraid.”
A professor at Tennessee State University, his wife and three other people have sued the Tennessee Board of Regents, reports The Tennessean. They claim the Board systematically set out to destroy the historically black university and hinting that its motivations were racial. The lawsuit was filed by five members of a group called the Save TSU Community Coalition, which has routinely opposed decisions made by current university leadership, now headed by TSU interim President Portia Shields. They accused the board of not allowing them to watch or be heard by the board about the elimination of six majors from the school’s program in 2011.
The suit claims the university is “in disarray” under university and TBR leadership and says the plaintiffs can’t challenge what has happened because major decisions were made behind closed doors in meetings not publicly announced.
One of the plaintiffs, Ray Richardson, is a longtime math professor at the school who was a vocal opponent of Shields’ predecessor. He said the university’s and Board of Regents’ decision to eliminate six majors from TSU’s program was made “under the cover of darkness” with no input from faculty or the campus community. The issue was taken off the board’s agenda of a June 11, 2011, meeting, Richardson said, after opponents of the policy came to hear the board’s decision on it.
…The Board of Regents, in a statement, said it complied with open meetings law and changes made at TSU were similar to those made at other universities in a period of fiscal austerity.
In the lawsuit, the five plaintiffs said the board has “deliberately and maliciously” tried to destroy the university by appointing officials to run it who don’t have its interests at heart.
“Evidence exists whereby programs, departments and majors at Tennessee State University have been eliminated, diminished or otherwise made irrelevant while at the same time those programs, majors and departments are now showing up at Austin Peay State, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee State universities,” the petition said.
By Lucas Johnson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A search will begin early next year for a permanent president for Tennessee State University, state Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan said Friday.
Morgan spoke to reporters following the board’s quarterly meeting at Nashville State Community College.
About 20 protesters opposed to academic changes to the university rallied outside the community college, with some holding signs reading “Save TSU,” and “Start Search for Permanent President of TSU Now.” Some protesters were also outside the college the day before, according to The Tennessean.
Tennessee State Interim President Portia Holmes Shields has been reorganizing academic departments and eliminating some degree programs that have only a few graduates in an effort to turn around the struggling historically black university.
Morgan said Shields is doing a good job and was brought in to put the university in a position to do a national search.