More than 200 community members welcomed new Tennessee State President Glenda Baskin Glover to the Midstate during an April 30 reception 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.
— Andrew Oppmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)