TTU's Minority Affairs and Black Cultural Center Find New Leadership

Tammy Reynolds has been selected to lead the Minority Affairs Office at Tennessee Technological University.

Reynolds, of Cookeville, also serves as director of the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center. As director, Reynolds tries to meet two primary goals: enriching students' sense of culture and enhancing their sense of academics and fellowship. She sees the latter as most important. "I'm encouraging both personal and educational growth," Reynolds said. "You have to have both. Students have to grow intellectually and personally. Both aspects are vital if our students are going to have a bright future." In an effort to see that students do have a bright future, Reynolds has worked toward upgrading the center's computers and has re-established the center's tutoring program, which stopped when the volunteer tutors graduated in the spring.

To help students develop an awareness of their culture, Reynolds has approached black faculty, staff and alumni to establish a better networking system for students and intends to expand the center's book and art collection related to African-American culture. Reynolds also assisted in the first Minority Student Weekend program. "We were fortunate to find a person of Ms. Reynolds' caliber," Marc Burnett, vice president for Student Affairs, said. "She embodies both the personality and professionalism needed for the position, and many of our students are already familiar with her, which allows for a smooth transition for everyone."

Reynolds' experience with the university has serving as chairperson of both the Staff Advisory Committee to the President and the Commission on the Status of Blacks. She was also a secretary in the Office of University Advancement and joined Student Affairs on Sept. 2. Reynolds has not only served as a full-time employee, but also as a student seeking a degree in business management.