By Shayla Simmons
A new Vice President has been appointed to serve the office of Student Affairs here at Tennessee State University. Beating out 72 applicants, Dr. Tracey Ford said she is “very, very student-centered” and will work hard for their success.
Ford was hired after searching for six months for a new replacement to fill the vacant spot and formally introduced to the members of Student Affairs and university deans on January 30 by president Glenda Glover.
She said she plans to take the next three months to get to know the staff and establish best practices. “I believe in a shared vision,” Ford said. “I look forward to partnering with all of you to make a difference.”
Originally from North Carolina, Ford said, “I am new to Nashville,” she said. “When seeking opportunities, I work in areas that are part of my passion. I want to be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing for that time.”
“We need to know what the students are looking for, have the students give us feedback. We need to develop our students. They must feel safe and know they are in a welcoming environment,” Ford said. She continued by saying, “caring and compassion for the students has to shine through.”
Ford also said it is important that “we are always at our best. We need to go to the next level our leader has set for us.”
Charles Jennings has also been introduced as new Director of the Career Development Center by president Glover. Jennings said he is excited about connecting with the students and helping them with their career and employment needs.