Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hefner to Retire from Tennessee State University

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hefner to Retire from Tennessee State University

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NASHVILLE, TENN.

Dr. James A. Hefner, president of Tennessee State University, plans to retire as the sixth president of the university effective May 31, 2005.

J. Stanley Rogers, vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents, praised Hefner's "steadfast commitment to opening the doors of education to all. Jim Hefner is one of the greatest educators in Tennessee. He loves TSU and TSU rightly loves Jim Hefner. At no time in the university's history has TSU come farther faster. I know Hefner will continue to be at the forefront of great things for TSU for a long, long time."

Over the last few months, questions have surfaced surrounding Hefner's leadership and his handling of the university's private foundation following two state audits.

The reports released in April concluded that Hefner had "exploited his position" to get $10,000 worth of giveaways, including Super Bowl tickets, from food services vendor ARAMARK Corp. The other found mismanagement and a $2.6 million deficit at TSU's foundation because Hefner awarded scholarships without making sure the foundation could pay for them.

In his statement to the media, Hefner acknowledged he made a mistake regarding the Super Bowl tickets. …

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