TBR Chancellor Recommends Glenda Baskin Glover as TSU’s Next President; Board to Meet Nov. 27

Glenda Baskin Glover is expected to be named the next president to lead Tennessee State University pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The Board will meet via telephone at 1:30 p.m. CST Nov. 27 to consider TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for Glover to replace Portia Shields, who led the campus as interim president for the past two years. Glover currently serves as dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

“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.”

Glover, a TSU alumna, was selected after an extensive nationwide search that began earlier this year. Many individuals and groups expressed public support for Glover, including the TSU National Alumni Association.

“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 added. “We look forward to seeing that support demonstrated in many ways.”

Glover has served at Jackson State University since 1994 and has led the College of Business to implement programs leading up through the Ph. D. degree. Her guidance has included the development of retention strategies and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards.

Glover has also played an important role in fundraising for the college, leading a successful $5 million initiative and obtaining the university’s first endowed chair. She spearheaded the implementation of online learning programs, developed the university’s internal fiscal accountability measures and served as a key liaison to local and national elected officials.

Before joining Jackson State, Glover began her full-time academic career as chairperson of the accounting department at Howard University in Washington, D.C., from 1990-1994. She went to Howard after serving in increasingly responsible roles in industry, including as chief financial officer and senior vice president of Metter Industries, manager of investor relations for the Potomac Electric Power Co. in D.C., and accountant at Arthur Andersen in Memphis. She has served on the boards of directors of several private and public companies, including First Guaranty Bancshares, Student Loan Corp., The Lenox Group, Regions Bank of Mississippi, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, and Economic Analysis.

A licensed attorney and certified public accountant, Glover earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from TSU, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University, the J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her Ph.D. in business economics and policy from George Washington University. Her complete resume is available at http://tinyurl.com/tsuglover.

She was one of four finalists chosen by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee from 86 applicants from around the country. Eleven applicants were invited to meet with the committee, and nine were interviewed. The finalists each visited the university’s campuses during a day-long series of meetings and open forums with various constituents. One candidate, Ainsley Carry, ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.

TSU, Tennessee’s only public HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), is a doctoral/research intensive institution located in Nashville. It recently earned a Top 20 ranking for HBCUs by U.S.News & World Report and has been listed as one of the Top HBCUs in the United States by Black Enterprise magazine. Washington Monthly named TSU as one of the nation’s top universities in its 2011 College Rankings because of its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities.

The Nov. 27 meeting is open to the public and the press as listeners. Those wishing dial-in information for the call should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before 9 a.m. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should use the same contact to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday, Nov. 26.

The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions, including TTU. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs across the state to more than 200,000 students.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.