NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Saying that she will lead by example, new TSU President Glenda Baskin Glover today presented a check for $50,000 to establish a scholarship endowment in her name as her “first act of business.”
“I want our alumni and everyone to get involved in financially supporting our institution, so I am beginning the process with my contribution,” she said. “I challenge each alumni chapter to match my gift or follow my lead in giving to TSU.”
In her first formal meeting with faculty and staff since taking office January 2, Dr. Glover said she was glad to be back at her alma mater.
“With deep humility I am honored to return and serve this great institution, where it all began for me and set me on my path,” said the 1974 TSU graduate.
Applause filled the room as Dr. Glover told faculty and staff that shared governance, openness and fundamental fairness would be the hallmark of her administration. She outlined her vision and asked employees to get on board and join her on a journey of as she prepares to take Tennessee State to unimaginable heights and unprecedented depths.
“We will promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, collaboration and friendliness beginning with the Office of President, and an attitude that promotes freedom of speech, and where everyone is treated equally,” Dr. Glover said.
She named five key areas as her vision to move the University forward: Academic Progress and Customer Service, Fundraising and Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion, Shared Governance, and Business Outreach.
“Our vision is focused on strengthening our academic programs to reach the targets of the Complete College Tennessee Act, as well as produce students who are ready for the global market place,” she said. “That vision includes increasing graduation and retention rates.
Vowing that she will be “a president for all” Glover called for openness and close collaboration among departments, including her office.
“The Office of the President belongs to you. We want a president’s office that is open to all and that is customer, student, staff and people friendly,” she said. “Respect one another. Any disrespect and abuse of students will not be allowed.”
She called on faculty and staff to work hard and cooperate with one another to “make TSU the favorite institution” in Nashville.
The new president also introduced the newest members of her senior management team: Jane Shaw Jackson, Vice President for Administration and Senior Advisor to the President; Kelli Sharpe, Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Communications; Robin Tanya Watson, Director of Corporate Relations, Foundation and Planned Giving; and Johnnie Griffith, Executive Administrative Assistant to the President.
Dr. Glover is the school’s eighth president following appointment by The Tennessee Board of Regents. She was the Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi prior to returning to her alma mater.