Tennessee politicians strip historically Black university of its board

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Tennessee’s governor has named a whole new board of trustees to the state’s only publicly funded historically Black university

Tennessee State University supporters watch from the gallery as the House votes to vacate the school's board of trustees during a legislative session Thursday, March 28, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. Trustees of Tennessee's only publicly funded historically Black university were removed Thursday under legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

The new appointees, largely from the business community, are now subject to confirmation by the Legislature. Their selection will be critical as TSU is already seeking a new leader because President Glenda Glover plans to retire at the end of this school year. However, one review stated that it “did not identify evidence indicative of fraud or malfeasance by executive leadership.”

Multiple Democrats filed last minute motions and amendments that would have delayed the vote or cut the number of board seats to be vacated to five rather than 10. Ultimately, the GOP supermajority voted down each of the proposals. Republican Rep. Ryan Williams said that money was “completely blown through” after officials gave too many student scholarships, so many that students were placed in hotels because there wasn't enough housing. Other universities, including University of Tennessee in Knoxville, have also been required to house some students temporarily in hotels without the same criticism from state lawmakers.

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