TSU community discusses search for new president

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 3:32pm
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Portia Shields (file)

Amiri Al-Hadid, a former Africana studies professor at Tennessee State University, returned to campus on Monday to weigh in on the search for a new university president.

“You can’t lead where you haven’t been and you can’t teach what you don’t know,” Al-Hadid said, reinforcing that he’d like a president with experience at historically black colleges and universities.

Al-Hadid and other members of the TSU community gathered at Poag Auditorium for a public meeting with Betty Asher from search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Asher asked audience members questions about TSU — and the qualities they are looking for in a new president.

The Tennessee Board of Regents plans to replace interim president Portia Shields at the end of this year. The suggested characteristics of a new president included:

• focus on enhancing research opportunities
• thick skin
• a keen understanding of the importance of marketing to prospective students and faculty
• a younger, dynamic leader
• focus on using technology to interact with students
• making an effort to follow TSU’s strategic plan in regards to growth.

Sen. Thelma Harper and newly elected Rep. Harold Love Jr. attended the meeting.

The 23-member presidential search committee met for the first time Monday afternoon. The search firm hopes to narrow the field of presidential candidates by October and have a new president in place by January 2013.

2 Comments on this post:

By: BigPapa on 8/28/12 at 12:11

I really hope they didn't spend much more time than scratching that list down on a napkin. Not ground breaking info there.

I hope they don't get someone that will go along with the hold overs that are still there. They need NEW ideas and energy, but mostly someone competent. Not just someone with a lot of yapping, actual doing.

By: G.Scout on 8/30/12 at 10:38

Wow. What a watse of time that meeting was! Totally agree with BigPapa about the napkin scratching. What in the heck is going on over at that place?