Well-wishers Celebrate Glenda Baskin Glover

Well-wishers Celebrate Glenda Baskin Glover

By Tribune Staff
Photos by Aaron Grayson, TSU Media Relations

NASHVILLE, TN — After 11 years at the helm of Tennessee State University, a retirement party honoring the work of Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover was held last month at the home of Rosetta Miller-Perry, founder and publisher. Tennessee Tribunebrought together former board members, employees, friends, community influencers, politicians and other well-wishers to congratulate and thank Glover for her perseverance, leadership and love for her alma mater.

“She retired on June 30 and will continue to accomplish even greater things as a natural leader,” Miller-Perry said of the first permanently appointed female president of TSU.

Glover, who graduated from TSU with a degree in mathematics, said, “This time I’ve come full circle. I graduated in 1974, became president in 2013, and now I’m retiring in 2024, which means a 50-year journey for TSU.”

“She left behind a legacy of service and commitment,” said longtime friend and classmate Jo Ann Davis-Davis.

The Rev. Dr. Ron Parham delivered an inspired prayer, calling Glover a “woman of character,” while state Rep. The Rev. Dr. Harold M. Love Jr. led a toast recognizing the presidential leader as a person “exhibiting character, strength and courage.”

Other words of recognition were expressed by former TSU First Lady Edwina Hefner; Dr. Jacqueline W. Mitchell, TSU professor of communication; Sharon Roberson, president and CEO of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; Sandra D. H. Hunt, president of the Nashville Capitol City Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.; Van Pinnock, former TSU board member; and several others. Dr. Phyllis Qualls, director of development at American Baptist College, served as emcee, recognizing attendees and taking guests down memory lane.

In her closing remarks, Glover spoke about why she wanted to be TSU president, what she has accomplished and what the future holds. She also drew laughter when she said she would have more time to watch some of her favorite TV shows: “Now I can watch Matlock and Columbo and, of course, spend more time with my grandchildren.”

“When Dr. Glover first came to TSU as president, she was told by the ‘authorities’ to stay away from Rosetta Miller-Perry and the black press, and as the twists and turns of our lives have taken us, we have become her greatest ally,” Miller-Perry said. Having said that, one guest commented, “Your beginnings are never your endings.”

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