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TSU interim president says layoffs, reorganization coming to the Nashville public university
Tennessee State University's new interim president says her time is short and not everyone is going to love her.

Portia Holmes told The Tennessean there will be layoffs, reorganization, changes in curriculum and in the way the business is done at the Nashville university. Holmes says it's all aimed at making TSU a better place for students.

Tennessee State's accreditation is in danger, its enrollment is sluggish and, when compared with other state universities, it is top-heavy with administrators. Students also complain of poor service.

To address the latter problem, Holmes plans to send observers to watch how financial aid and admissions employees do their jobs.


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