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A Plea to President Glover and the Administration of TSU

A Plea to President Glover and the Administration of TSU

By Shayla Simmons


In the four years I’ve had the pleasure of attending Tennessee State University, I’ve witnessed the triumphs and the pitfalls of our beloved HBCU. But in recent months, I’ve come to understand that this institution has fallen on a time of great struggle. Worse, this struggle is unknown to those that can make the most difference- the alumni of Tennessee State University and the Jefferson Street community.

President Glover and the entire administration of TSU are responsible for creating an “iron curtain” of whitewashed information for the public, creating a false sense of success. But the truth is that this administration is struggling to produce an environment conducive to higher learning.

In the months leading up to this semester, several students, myself included, were faced with issues regarding housing and financial aid. Upperclassmen have been housed in freshmen dorms because of unfit conditions in several on-campus apartment units. Those currently housed in apartment units have also reported mold and plumbing issues. I can not speak for students currently housed on-campus, but I must remind readers of the student protest held last year because of the living conditions in the Wilson dormitory.

Yet, as the homecoming festivities approached, students noticed new furniture in the campus library (when there were no complaints of the previous furniture) and decals pasted on broken elevators.

The situation for our learning conditions is just as bleak.

Across academic departments, there has been a noticeable lack of professors, creating larger class sizes as well as barring a number of students from taking mandatory classes due to unavailable staff. Both students and teachers alike have suffered under these conditions. Several faculty members have expressed issues with the administration, from low pay to unavailable resources.

The students of TSU hold a fierce loyalty to their HBCU, as they should. But this loyalty has created a fear of tarnishing the reputation of TSU. That has cost the student body their rights as students to livable conditions and an acceptable learning atmosphere.

I am not trying to insult the administration or insult the legacy of TSU. Rather, I implore those in charge to make better decisions with the student body in mind, not the judging eyes of the public.

The TSU motto is “Think. Work. Serve.” But our institution is making it difficult for us to live up to this standard.

I beg President Glover and the administration to live up to the excellent standards that have been set. Give us the resources we need to have stimulating classrooms. Provide us with more teachers that can aid our networks and assist us in reaching our career aspirations.

As a graduating senior, I have a responsibility to future students of Tennessee State. And I will use this platform to call for the implementation of the changes we need to see.

The ball is now in your court.


A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

8 thoughts on “A Plea to President Glover and the Administration of TSU”

  • First, I must commend the Editor on a well written article. Secondly, as a parent of a current student, and as an alum of Tennessee State University, I have become increasingly disappointed with the way the campus looks as well as the course offerings. Because of this, I am reluctant to send the test of my children to my Alma Mater. I hope that positive changes are on the way, but I’m not holding my breath. I hope the administration sees this as a wake-up call. I’ll be sending a few letters on behalf of the students soon.

  • Excellent summation of the current situation. I hear & deal with these struggles while supporting a family member that attends TSU. I hope & pray that TSU leadership, alumni and others make the changes needed.

  • Ive seen this happening and the cover up is real, we need a total shake up of this Administration, starring at the top..As an Alumni I contribute in many ways and I expect better things from my school..

    If the President cant handle her responsibilities then she needs to depart..

  • As a TSU Alum, I hate to hear this from my fellow TSU family. The facts are the facts! As an Alum, I will continue to do my part and share this with our TSU Family in my networks. We need to fight for the legacy of TSU “Think, Work, and Serve” of which I carry deep in my heart. I hope to help as many out of state students as possible through the “I Am A Star” Scholarship Fund at TSU, but that isn’t enough. With the support of The office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, we have aimed to make a positive impact and influence during Homecoming Alumni Real Talk, of which I spearheaded almost 6 years ago. Bottomline we need to do more collectively to help/support those who comes after us. I’m willing to do my part!

  • Excellent, well written commentary, Shayla Simmons. We alumni get a very different picture of out alma mater at Homecoming. We see beautifully staged events, read of ground-breaking ceremonies for 3 new buildings, and revel in the glory of a spirited, and welcoming student body. We believe the PR, that all is well and progressing at our beloved TSU. Your personal insight into current living and learning conditions for students, again, so eloquently stated, will give exposure, not for the sake of criticism, but for improvement.

  • “Iron curtain”. Brilliance. I have said on a number of occasions that Glover has done a great job of keeping alumni isolated from the campus. Trying walking into the student center, you’re immediately stopped, asked for a student Id and asked to leave when i can’t find my decade old Id. Her behavior, administration behavior is indicative of an abuser. You isolate your victim so that the victim can’t get help or alert others if the abuse. It is time for a change. Plenty of worth alumni can run that school. Put me on the search committee and get some alumni on that advisory cliche )i refuse to call it a board ).

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