NASHVILLE, Tenn.- According to officials the former First Lady of Tennessee State University has died.
Leaders at TSU announced Tuesday that Ivanetta Hughes Davis, wife of former president Dr. Walter S. Davis died at the age of 100. In September 2012, Davis was named the school's Homecoming Grand Marshal as the school celebrated its Centennial.
Davis became the first lady in 1943 and served alongside her husband for 25 years. During their time as leaders of the school, the Davises ushered in an era of growth. They lead the campus in multiple expansions, including the addition of 24 new buildings.
Mrs. Davis was known throughout the community as a woman who impacted the lives of many students. As an elementary school teacher she often influenced her students as well as those at the University.
"First Lady Davis set the bar for all those who followed in her footsteps," said Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, current TSU president. "Davis was student-oriented and interacted with many groups on campus as well as the Nashville community. She will be remembered for all she did for the TSU community and truly epitomizing what the president's wife can contribute to a University."