TSU's Glover stresses shared governance, search committees in filling key positions

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:05pm
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TSU President Glenda Glover

During her first address to faculty in January, first-year Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover stressed the importance of shared governance when it comes to decision-making at the school. One of the first, and arguably most important, representations of that principle will come into play during the hiring of six key positions at the school.

TSU is seeking permanent personnel to fill the following administrative and academic positions: vice president of Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement, dean of the College of Education, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, dean of the College of Business and Dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.

“It’s not so much that I’m going to put my stamp [on the school], it’s really an opportunity to enhance what the university stands for,” Glover told The City Paper.

“[We’re] making sure that we have the wherewithal to provide students opportunities to graduate and become meaningfully employed in the work place. So putting people in the right place at the right time, which is now, will help tremendously.”

Most of the positions have been vacant for less than a year. The VP of Institutional Advancement was formerly known as the vice president of University Affairs and Development. When the VP of Institutional Advancement takes office at TSU, it will be the third person in that post over the course of a year.

“We need permanent people in permanent positions,” Glover said at the faculty meeting last month.

Glover intends on using shared governance to fill the spots. Search committee chairs have already been appointed for the searches and job postings are expected to be completed soon.

Glover hopes to have all of the positions filled by the end of the fiscal year.

“We’re now to the point where the search committee chairs have been asked to convene an initial meeting to develop certain information pertaining to the search,” Glover said.

So far, Glover said she has received interest in the positions from candidates with degrees from institutions like Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“We have so much external talent who are seeking opportunities to come to Tennessee State. They see TSU as being viable and being vibrant,” Glover said. “I think they see we are about to do positive things ... I just hope they apply.”

Glover is also leaving the door open for internal candidates.

“Here’s the good situation that I find myself in: Internally there is a lot of talent in the pipeline,” Glover said. “I’m looking at skills and abilities of individuals employed here already. I think there are a quite a few that are underutilized.”

3 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 3/8/13 at 12:56

The only thing TSU stands for is free government money paying the tuition for apathetic students. And, to throw a thug party for homecoming each year.

By: courier37027 on 3/8/13 at 4:19

Dear President Glover, banning those two football felons would be a good start. Clean up your own house before you make demands.

By: Trumpet on 3/15/13 at 6:21

Joe/The Collection:

God's speed Dr. Glover (Glenda). I fully support your selection as the current choice to lead and repair TSU to the stature and reputation that it enjoyed throughout it's Glory Days, and mostly throughout the last half of the 20th Century.

I would like to offer my assistance to you (if needed) in whatever fashion you might envision, in support of the institution as it exists now, or in whatever future configuration it may take-on. Think-Work-Serve!

This week, in conversation with The Music Department (Mark Crawford re:Robert Elliott re: The Partnership/Collaboration Proposal-TSU/The Davis Collection), I suggested a meeting with them, you and myself to consider/discuss the potential relevance and success of the proposal as it relates to point #2) fund raising and partnerships ( as published in "The Tennessee Tribune." The current issue.). As you can see, I try to keep-up by reading the News sources (local) on topics that I am invested in. Too much Civics, I guess!

Incidentally, while I was scanning these sources this week, I noticed there was no coverage of the recent NMAAM Board decision to abandon their plans to establish a Museum at 8th&Jefferson but instead to locate their establishment in the Downtown/Midtown/Country Music corridor. A board decision to "give up on Jefferson Street." I disagree with and "protest" that decision. They might as well move Music Row to Metrocenter. Agree! Move "The Belmont Mansion" out on Centennial Boulevard next to "The Old Ford Plant." Context and Continuity! Completely Ignored, desecrated, trampled on...

I hope to meet with you, soon.

Joe!...... The Collection.....Jody...from Salemtown