New Tennessee State University president Glenda Glover made the opening of the spring faculty and staff institute feel like a Monday morning pep rally.
Glover, in her first address to the faculty, received multiple bursts of applause as she laid out her vision for the school. The morning was punctuated by Glover opening up her checkbook and personally donating $50,000 to an endowed scholarship fund.
“I mentioned earlier, I will lead by example. So, today, my first act of leading by example is this [donation] — to demonstrate my commitment to TSU as an administrator and as president of this institution,” Glover told the faculty and staff.
Glover also challenged all of TSU’s alumni chapters to match her donation “in full.” She said she plans to release a full fundraising plan later this year.
Aside from the donation, Glover’s initiatives about shared governance received the most positive response from the crowd.
“We are one TSU. It takes all of us to make this happen. There is no big ‘I’ and little ‘you,’ ” Glover said.
A direct image of that initiative was the inclusion of Faculty Senate chair Jane Davis in the ceremony. Davis was removed from a faculty meeting earlier this year  after allegedly interrupting former interim President Portia Shields. Davis was charged with disorderly conduct.
But Glover reviewed the case and has recognized Davis as Faculty Senate chair for the remainder of the year, so as to remove any confusion about the situation, Glover said.
Davis said Glover would “inspire all of us at TSU to maximize the strengths of this university, as well as meet it’s challenges.”
In addition to shared governance, Glover also said she would work on internal finances to explore the possibility of faculty raises.
After her address, Glover took questions and comments from faculty members. Professor Luke Powers called the meeting the “most successful” faculty and staff institute in more than 20 years at the school.
“I like the change in culture,” Powers said.