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Lawmaker seeks to curtail internal school issues

By Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker says an objective by Tennessee State University's new president to tackle internal issues at the historically black university may present an opportunity for legislation that could benefit other educational institutions.

The Tennessee Board of Regents on Tuesday unanimously approved Glenda Baskin Glover, who takes over a university that has been plagued with internal problems, including a lack of cohesion among its leadership.

Earlier this year, a vocal faculty member who opposed university leadership was taken away from a campus meeting in handcuffs.

Sen. Reginald Tate of Memphis says he's considering legislation that would require some type of evaluation of colleges or universities where there are reports of internal disputes to "review the structure and hierarchy" of the institutions.

Tate says he wants to prevent turmoil that could detract from the main goal of educating students.
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