Melvin Johnson leaving TSU president post

Retiring for 'family and personal reasons'

Tennessee State University President Melvin Johnson yesterday said he is retiring from the helm of the public Nashville university after five years in the post.

In a letter to members of the university community, Johnson said "family and personal reasons" led to his decision to retire January 1, 2011. He plans to transition to a tenured position in the College of Business, returning to the classroom for the 2011 fall semester.

Johnson cited accomplishments such as TSU's reciept of $8 million of the state's "Race to the Top" funds and being named to the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as highlights of the institution's recent accomplishments.

"Most importantly, TSU now receives land grant match and agricultural research, forestry research and cooperative extension funding in excess of $9 million per year. As of this fiscal year, this will generate nearly $39 million in state and federal matching funds for land grant activities," he wrote.