The Mississippi Link Newswire
Community and business leaders, friends and family, attended the grand send-off for Jackson State University’s dean of the College of Business, Dr. Glenda Glover, who will be the next president of her alma mater, Tennessee State University in Nashville, starting January 2013. The Tennessee Board of Regents confirmed the Memphis native’s new position in November 2012.
Metro Jackson professionals, government leaders and the Beta Delta Omega Chapter of AKA Sorority hosted a reception in Glover’s honor Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., at the Jackson Hilton.
“Jackson has been my home for nearly two decades, and I have been fortunate to foster lasting relationships during my time here,” said Dean Glover.
Glover steps down a JSU dean after 18 years in the position. Her accomplishments include establishing JSU’s first endowed chair, implementing online courses, fundraising totaling over $35 million, including the state of the art building where the college is housed, and a significant increase in student scholarships, internships and employment placement.
Affectionately called “Doc” by her close colleagues, her political and community reach is just as impressive. “My desire to educate and empower was something I inherited from my parents, and I hope I’ve not disappointed them,” she added. “But so much of what I’ve evolved into as an educator, business leader and community activist, I owe to my experience here.”
Glover was a part of the inner circle that guided Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. to victory as the City’s first African American mayor in 1997. She was also an instrumental voice in adding slain civil rights leader Edgar W. Evers’ name to the Jackson International Airport.
With a PhD in economics, MBA, J.D. and CPA credentials, she played a major role in groundbreaking litigation as an expert witness. She also leaves the post as president of the local Beta Delta Omega Chapter of the AKA Sorority at the end of the year.