MURFREESBORO— More than 200 community members welcomed new Tennessee State President Glenda Baskin Glover to Middle Tennessee during a reception Tuesday hosted by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee on the Murfreesboro campus.
The event, organized by McPhee and his wife, Elizabeth, at the MTSU President’s Residence, also allowed the CEOs to confirm and praise the partnerships already in place between the two Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.
“As sister institutions, TSU and MTSU both are committed to serving the citizens of Tennessee,” McPhee said. “President Glover shares my devotion to student success and, together, we will work to support our state’s goal of producing more college graduates.”
Glover, a 1974 TSU graduate, became the eighth president of the Nashville institution in January. She thanked McPhee for the welcome and also praised the collaborations in place between the two universities.
"I will be forever grateful to MTSU President Sidney McPhee and first lady Elizabeth McPhee for opening their home up — not only to me, but to the entire Tennessee State University family," Glover said. " It is always humbling to meet colleagues who are willing to extend a welcoming hand a lend support.
"Our professional friendship has truly blossomed and will serve as the catalyst as our two institutions partner to have greater successes in educating students and empowering our respective communities."
Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg, who delivered brief remarks to attendees, said he was pleased to see that the presidents of the two nearby universities were committed to working together on behalf of students and taxpayers.
Other officials attending the reception included John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents system; Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington; and state Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna, of the 49th District.
MTSU and TSU collaborate on several academic programs, including:
- The Mid-Tennessee Collaborate Master of Social Work Program, which also includes Austin Peay State University, another TBR institution. The program, which offers an advanced degree focusing on improving public social service efforts, is the state’s only academic venture offered in three locations.
- The joint Master of Criminal Justice degree, offered in cooperation between TSU and MTSU. A minor in Criminal Justice at the graduate level is also offered at MTSU as part of this effort.
Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training, MTSU is now the oldest and largest public university in Middle Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 25,000 students, MTSU is the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee and the No. 1 producer of bachelor’s degree graduates in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
MTSU remains committed to providing individualized service in an exciting and nurturing atmosphere where student success is the top priority. With a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, MTSU takes pride in educating the best and the brightest students from Tennessee and around the world.
About Tennessee State University
Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational, land-grant institution. Its Nashville home offers two locations—the 500-acre main campus nestles in a beautiful residential neighborhood along the Cumberland River, and the downtown Avon Williams campus sits near the center of Nashville’s business and government district.
TSU has been consistently listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for more than a dozen years, maintaining one of the highest graduation rates among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.