Letter to the Editor

Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 10:05pm

[The Tennessee Board of Regents’ selection of Dr. Portia Shields as Tennessee State University’s interim president] may be the first non-negative story about TSU any paper has reported on for the last five years.

I wonder if Shields will raise the enrollment standards to improve student retention. Or drop any of the university's programs that aren't seeing graduates. There's only so much room for dead weight. 

Posted by "AmyLiorate"

8 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 12/17/10 at 6:01

Dr. Shields has a tremendous job ahead of her to be of
any sucess over there. The problems are many and the
depth of those problems have become institutionalized.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/17/10 at 6:50

Good morning
http://www.bergoiata.org/fe/lakes/Reflection Lake at Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 12/17/10 at 6:51

I agree with you gov, along with budget cuts and in ever changing world Dr. Shields or who ever becomes the director has a tremendous job ahead.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/17/10 at 7:16

From yesterday;

By: yogiman on 12/16/10 at 3:20
Captain Nimrod.... excuse me again Captain Nemo. Sir (as I use the term loosely), regarding your 8:46 post about us folks special law firm. I can understand your jealousy But not only no, but hell no , you ain't joining in that firm with us. We're particular as to whom we allow into that there firm to have parties with.

Once again the village idiot from gordonsville (sic) thinks I want to play with him. Not once did I say anything about joining your imaginary law firm. yogi you think far too much of yourself in the schema of life. Really you are just pimple on the backside of humanity.

By: bfra on 12/17/10 at 8:57

Nemo - Great picture! That other thing, isn't even a pimple, just an overly obsessed pest.

By: AmyLiorate on 12/17/10 at 10:50

Nice picture again Nemo, makes me want to go on a tour of national parks.

Shields is going to TSU for an interim period. This should be very interesting since a person who will only be in a top office for a short time has a LOT of flexibility. Inside politics won't matter to her, she will not be around 18 months later so no worries about payback, blowback, back stabbing or anything else.

Reminds me of a time when my work was bought by a chain. They were going to close down all but the necessary functions at our site. Brought in a guy for the interim to make all those tough calls, then he went back to retirement. It sucks, but to hold on to all those unprofitable parts would have eventually caused everyone to loose their job. If they were viable the place wouldn't have been sold to begin with.

We should hope for TSU that a certain honesty comes from this time. Decisions can be made in the best interest of the school and students. Not weighing old friendships and special "must save" departments or programs.

Maybe the NCP will get a reporter to follow this and we'll see how things go. TSU seems to have an unsustainable design at this point. If they don't correct the last of their accreditation issues then the students will be left with diplomas that are almost worthless.

By: gdiafante on 12/17/10 at 12:56

"...then the students will be left with diplomas that are almost worthless."

In this economy, most diploma's are already worthless.

By: yogiman on 12/17/10 at 12:57

Okay, Captain Nemo,

I understand you lack of sense of humor. I'll stay out of your way. I don't want to insult anyone.