Bill Haslam, governor of the state of Tennessee, recently signed into law the Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The legislation creates a director’s position who will act as a liaison between lawmakers and leadership of the state’s HBCUs.
State representative Harold Love Jr., a co-sponsor of the legislation, said that the bill is the “first in the nation where the state said we’re concerned about all HBCUs. Now the state will be focusing on increasing graduation rates, enrollment rates, and retention rates at all our HBCUs.” Representative Love is a graduate of Tennessee State University and holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt University. He currently is studying for a Ph.D. in public administration at Tennessee State University.
Glenda Glover, president of historically Black Tennessee State University, said that “funding this legislation sends a clear message on the important role Tennessee State University and the other historically Black colleges and universities play in serving thousands of families, and our global impact.”