Selection Criteria


The Tennessee Board of Regents invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Tennessee State University.

The President is chief executive officer of the University and reports to the Tennessee Board of Regents through the Chancellor. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative, and energetic leader with the vision, skills and integrity required to guide this quality University to higher levels of achievement. The selection criteria include:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution (preferred);
  • A distinguished record of teaching and research experience in a public higher education environment (preferred);
  • A minimum of five years significant and successful financial, strategic planning, and policy making campus administrative experience at a level with responsibilities affecting an entire campus or as head of a major academic or administrative unit in an academic environment (preferred);
  • An understanding of and commitment to the principles of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance;
  • A demonstrated commitment to exemplary student service;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as core values that enhance the educational process;
  • A demonstrated commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity;
  • A demonstrated strength in human relations, planning, financial management, budgeting and, organizational skills to lead and inspire internal and external constituencies of the University;
  • An understanding of the needs and concerns of the public and private constituencies of the University, as well as of the University community, including students, faculty and staff, alumni and other University supporters;
  • An understanding of and commitment to private fundraising;
  • An understanding of the significant educational role of historically black colleges in the United States;
  • An understanding of and commitment to the role of Tennessee State University as a part of a higher education system;
  • An understanding of and commitment to successful implementation of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, with a focus on retention and timely graduation;
  • A commitment to attracting transfer students and "non-traditional" students and promoting approaches to enhance their opportunities for success;
  • A demonstrated understanding of and ability to communicate effectively with the governing board; local, state and national political leaders; business community; news media, etc.,
  • A commitment to policies and directives of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive and diverse educational environment and encourages applications from interested candidates who can contribute to, promote, and enhance this effort.





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