During her first address to faculty in January, first-year Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover stressed the importance of shared governance when it comes to decision-making at the school. One of the first, and arguably most important, representations of that principle will come into play during the hiring of six key positions at the school.
TSU is seeking permanent personnel to fill the following administrative and academic positions: vice president of Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement, dean of the College of Education, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, dean of the College of Business and Dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.
“It’s not so much that I’m going to put my stamp [on the school], it’s really an opportunity to enhance what the university stands for,” Glover told The City Paper.
“[We’re] making sure that we have the wherewithal to provide students opportunities to graduate and become meaningfully employed in the work place. So putting people in the right place at the right time, which is now, will help tremendously.”
Most of the positions have been vacant for less than a year. The VP of Institutional Advancement was formerly known as the vice president of University Affairs and Development. When the VP of Institutional Advancement takes office at TSU, it will be the third person in that post over the course of a year.
“We need permanent people in permanent positions,” Glover said at the faculty meeting last month.
Glover intends on using shared governance to fill the spots. Search committee chairs have already been appointed for the searches and job postings are expected to be completed soon.
Glover hopes to have all of the positions filled by the end of the fiscal year.
“We’re now to the point where the search committee chairs have been asked to convene an initial meeting to develop certain information pertaining to the search,” Glover said.
So far, Glover said she has received interest in the positions from candidates with degrees from institutions like Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“We have so much external talent who are seeking opportunities to come to Tennessee State. They see TSU as being viable and being vibrant,” Glover said. “I think they see we are about to do positive things ... I just hope they apply.”
Glover is also leaving the door open for internal candidates.
“Here’s the good situation that I find myself in: Internally there is a lot of talent in the pipeline,” Glover said. “I’m looking at skills and abilities of individuals employed here already. I think there are a quite a few that are underutilized.”