Tennessee State University Honors Program

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

President's Message

Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover


The Tennessee State University Honors Program is excited to celebrate its 50th anniversary! We welcome you to this website which will provide you with information about upcoming events, historical perspective and ways you can get involved to help the university transition this program into an Honors College.

Throughout the years, our Honors Program has been a leader in identifying academically-talented students, and maintaining our charge to promote scholarship and provide a stimulating and challenging educational experience that prepares them for global leadership.  

We are proud that we have built a reputable program which engages exceptional students from around the world. We also host chapters of national honor societies such as the Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholarships, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. We also work closely with the Honors Student Council, and the Alpha Kappa Mu and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.

We anticipate a remarkable celebration with a continued emphasis on academic excellence, leadership and service. Thank you for your support.


Glenda Baskin Glover


Director's Message

Dr. Coreen Jackson

In 1964, the Honors Program was founded to promote positive, lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, and a commitment to service. It is my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as the new Honors Program director and my privilege to carry on the legacy of excellence as we celebrate the 50th anniversary and beyond.

As we commemorate this milestone of academic excellence and achievement, we are pleased to invite all of our distinguished alumni, former directors, faculty and staff from the past five decades to come and celebrate with us. Our kickoff events will include the Honors Convocation featuring award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, and the Honors Anniversary Luncheon in which we will honor the longest serving director of the University Honors Program, Dr. McDonald Williams, along with other notable alumni.

After 50 years of being a nationally recognized and distinguished program, known for its excellent graduates who are making a difference in the nation and the world, we are pleased to announce that the Honors Program will be transitioning to an Honors College and have launched a 50/50 campaign at the Honors Anniversary Luncheon to raise funds to support this significant effort.

We look forward to all of our Honors alumni returning to celebrate with us and participating in giving back to the Honors Program. We are inspired by past accomplishments, grateful for the present, and are excited about our limitless potential for progress!

Yours in Excellence!

Coreen Jackson
Director, University Honors Program





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