The Tennessee Board of Regents plans to name a new Tennessee State University president sometime next fall.
“We don’t have a definitive timeline, just next fall,” said TBR Communications Director Monica Greppin-Watts.
The TBR will wrap up the ongoing search for a president at East Tennessee State University in the next few months, then shift focus to TSU in the spring. TSU interim president Dr. Portia Shields’ contract goes through June 30, 2012, but can be extended as needed.
“We’re keeping it flexible, so even if we have a president named, it depends on when that president can start work,” Greppin-Watts said.
As part of Shields’ contract, she will not be considered a candidate for the presidency.
TSU has been dealing with financial struggles and sluggish graduation rates among other issues.
In December 2010, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools issued a warning to TSU, and delayed its 10-year re-accreditation for a year.