Upon review of the finalists for service as Tennessee State University’s next president, 28th & Jefferson, the unofficial source of news and information for supporters of Tennessee State University, endorses Dr. Ainsley Carry as the candidate most prepared, best positioned and with the clearest vision to lead Tennessee State University into the 21st century.
In order to progress as a world-class institution of higher education, TSU must assess our current administrative structure and adapt to 21st century challenges. Dr. Carry is a researcher and proven administrative leader in higher education and student support services. Most recently, as Vice President of Student Affairs at Auburn University, Dr. Carry rebuilt Auburn’s Division of Student Affairs toward a $20 million operating budget, 15 units and 120 employees. We believe that Dr. Carry’s administrative and student services background makes him the candidate best prepared to lead as we evaluate, make adjustments and improve TSU’s current administrative infrastructure.
Dr. Carry’s research and work in the area of student retention would serve the University well in our ongoing efforts to improve graduation rates. TSU has a legacy of offering high quality education to prospective students with limited resources. Recognizing that many capable students are at risk of not succeeding academically due to a variety of factors, Dr. Carry is prepared to develop strategies for student retention that are appropriate for TSU’s unique student body. He is also prepared to present collaboration strategies within academic programs to provide better student services and opportunities in career advancement.
Dr. Carry is a proven and decisive leader and problem solver with a desire to listen and work with others. As we move into our next 100 years, Tennessee State University would benefit from Dr. Carry’s unique skills, decisive leadership and collaborative spirit should he become TSU’s next president.
Tennessee State University presidential candidate finalist Dr. Ainsley Carry addresses staff, faculty, and students in an open forum October 31, 2012