After a decade of serving as Tennessee State University‘s first female president, Glenda Glover has announced her plans to retire.

On Monday, during a news conference, Glover announced that she will be stepping down from her position at the end of the spring 2024 semester.

“Serving as president of Tennessee State University has been the honor of a lifetime,” Glover said. “This is where I got my start. I came to Tennessee State University, graduated in 1974. From 1974 to 2024, a 50-year blessing. And now it’s only appropriate that I announce my retirement from the place that gave me my start.”

TSU President Glenda Glover announces retirement, Aug. 14, 2023. CREDIT: Nashville Scene

Glover has received many accolades during her reign as TSU’s president, including, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Education Leadership Award for 2018 HBCU President of the Year, and in 2022, she was appointed as Vice Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities by President Joe Biden.

According to the Tennessean, under Glover’s tenure, TSU increased grant funding to over $100 million this year, more than doubled endowments and the university was recognized as a “high research” school with plans in place to increase it’s classification again.

“I am privileged and forever grateful for this honor of a lifetime,” Glover said. “As I prepare to hand over the reins I remain committed to TSU and to ensuring equity and access to higher education.”

The university has not yet announced Glover’s replacement and according to the outgoing president, she will not be involved with that search.