MURFREESBORO — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee issued the following statement on behalf of the university regarding the death of Mary Scales:
“Mrs. Mary Scales was truly a community treasure, a tremendous advocate for education and a cherished member of the MTSU community. She was also a dear friend to me and my wife, Elizabeth, who worked closely with her over the years as Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters as well as avid supporters of local schools.
“Mrs. Scales was a trailblazer on the MTSU campus during her tenure within the College of Education, becoming the university’s first black faculty member and lending her voice within the wider community as a strong advocate of civil rights for all.
“Her passion for properly educating the future generations was unparalleled and the legacy she leaves shines as bright as that wonderful smile that met everyone who had the privilege of crossing her path.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Scales family during this time.”