Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan said Tuesday he is in the “final stages” of reaching out to members of the Tennessee State University presidential search committee.
“I hope to just, in the next very few days, to be in position to make a recommendation to the board about who that successful candidate will be,” Morgan said. “We’re moving along and getting very much into the final hours of that process.”
The four finalists for the TSU president job visited the campus two weeks ago. Following the campus visit, the TSU National Alumni Association sent a letter recommending candidate Glenda Glover, a TSU alumna, for the job.
Morgan said that while community input is valuable, it’s up to board members to make the final decision on whom they think can do the best job.
“[Community feedback] matters, but the decision will end up being made based on the leader that we believe can best step in and do what needs to be done at Tennessee State University,” Morgan said. “I appreciate the input of the community members. It’s valuable. But in the end, it’s about the institution performing at the maximum possible level.”
Morgan will make a recommendation to the TBR, which will hold a special called meeting on whether or not to approve his choice of candidate.
The new president will likely take over at or near the beginning of the next semester in January.
The four candidates are Glover, dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University; Ainsley Carry, vice president for student affairs at Auburn University; Bennie Harris, vice president of development and alumni relations at Lipscomb University; and Candace Campbell Jackson, vice president and chief of staff at the University of Akron.