Dr. Glenda Glover Unifies HBCUs Through Service and Leadership

DiversityInc COO Carolynn Johnson recently spoke with Dr. Glenda Glover, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and President of Tennessee State University (TSU), about the significance of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Dr. Glenda Glover, International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (photo provided)

While Dr. Glover’s tireless efforts to promote, assist and call attention to the excellence of HBCUs did not begin with her election to the highest office in the nation’s first Greek-letter organization established for African American college women, she is using her four-year term to have greater impact on the sustainability of these endangered institutions by endowing scholarships for their students.

Dr. Glover explained that endowments sustain universities by enabling them to offer scholarships to the best and brightest students. Last September, she called the members of her illustrious sisterhood to task. Her goal was to raise $10 million for HBCUs so that initial endowments could be established at those schools with the greatest need.

These actions coupled with her career of dedication helped her to win the coveted Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Award for HBCU President of The Year last October. The award is given to those leaders who help advance the causes of HBCUs. Under her leadership, Tennessee State has been upgraded to an R2 designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This distinction is only held by 10 of the 101 HBCUs in existence today.

In support of Dr. Glover’s goal, members of the sorority raised an astounding $1.2 million (so far), which was dispersed among 32 institutions at $50,000 each, this February.

Dr. Glenda Glover and HBCU presidents. (photo provided)

“As an HBCU graduate and someone who has dedicated my life’s work to the HBCU community, I personally know the impact that establishing an endowment has on a student’s enrollment and graduation prospects,” said Dr. Glover.

“The actions of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will go a long way toward ensuring that HBCUs remain open and able to encourage the best Black students to choose them as a FIRST option.”

The desire to give students a quality, competitive education is what fueled Dr. Glover to rally leaders of the Divine Nine Black Greek-lettered organizations to come together to assist Bennett College in its time of need.

Check presentation to Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Dawkins. (photo provided)

“It’s our unity that keeps us all alive,” she commented. “We were honored to provide Bennett College with endowed scholarships immediately because we are confident they will provide great talent to the world’s workforce.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as an organization, under her leadership, has implemented the #CAPSM program, which assists Black college-bound students with obtaining the tools necessary to ensure success in their academic lives. From completing college admissions applications to helping students create portfolios of achievements, the program is dedicated to enriching the lives of Black students so they may go on to become productive and outstanding members of society.

Dr. Glover, whose continued efforts to promote HBCU partnerships with corporate America, moderated a panel with chief diversity officers from top corporations, including Amazon, Pinterest, GM Financial and Dell in September 2018.  She expressed how important it was for corporations to bridge the diversity gap by actively recruiting the brightest and best from these universities and from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In addition to HBCU for Life: A Call To Action, the first goal of Dr. Glover’s five-point plan for the sorority during her administration, there are four additional targets:

Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness

Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy

Target 4: The Arts!

Target 5: Global Impact

No wonder the tagline for Dr. Glover’s administration is “Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service,” commented Johnson.

Carolynn Johnson is a member of the Pi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Johnson also serves on the Board of Trustees at Bennett College.

Latest News

Trump commission attempts racist whitewashing of history

Trump Commission Attempts Racist Whitewashing of History; Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert Probed for Potential Role in Capitol Insurrection; and More

Trump commission’s “1776 Report” attempts racist whitewashing of history In the highly controversial “1776 Report” released by the Trump administration yesterday, the outgoing GOP party doesn’t just try to present a nonpartisan, “patriotic” look at the nation’s history (as the President had promised the report would do) it fully rewrites…

Boeing Elects Lynne Doughtie to Board of Directors, Following Resignation of Director Caroline Kennedy

Originally published on boeing.mediaroom.com. The Boeing Company (No. 27 on The 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) board of directors today announced that Lynne Doughtie has been elected to the board, replacing Caroline Kennedy who has resigned following three years of dedicated service. Doughtie, 58, retired from KPMG in 2020, after serving as U.S. Chairman and…

Flint, Michigan water plant

Ex-Michigan Governor Charged for Racist Lead Poisoning of Flint Water Supply; COVID-19 Vaccines Not Increasing in Availability; Democrats Plan to Repeal Trump Rules; and More

Former Michigan Governor formally charged for poisoning thousands of predominantly Black Flint citizens with water containing lead. In 2014, when the city of Flint was forced by the state to begin taking its water supply from the Flint river rather than using water from nearby Detroit as it had for…

NYPD under suit

NYPD Sued for Years of Racial Abuse and Use of Excessive Force; Trump Administration Approves Discrimination Against LGBTQ individuals; and More

NYPD sued by Attorney General for years of racial abuse and use of excessive force. In what’s been called a “landmark lawsuit,” The New York Times has reported that New York state Attorney General Letitia James is suing the city of New York, the mayor and the NYPD’s leaders, alleging…

NBCUniversal News Group Launches NBCU Academy, Offering Training to Universities and Community Colleges

NBCUniversal News Group launched NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students through education, on-campus training and online programming. Originally published on corporate.comcast.com. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists,…


Kaiser Permanente: Committing $8.15M for Racial Equity

Originally published on about.kaiserpermanente.org. Grants to grassroots and nonprofit organizations will help address structural racism and practices that prevent communities of color from achieving good health and well-being. Kaiser Permanente (DiversityInc Hall of Fame), the nation’s largest integrated, nonprofit health system, has awarded $8.15 million to support dozens of nonprofit…