University president won't join board of prison operator

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Posted at 11:00 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 00:00:31-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of historically Black Tennessee State University has abruptly reversed course after it was announced she would join the board of private prison operator CoreCivic.

In explaining her change of heart on Twitter, Glenda Glover says that she had been interested in joining the Tennessee-based company's board in order to help “the African American incarcerated population.”

Community leaders in Nashville immediately denounced the decision, saying there were better ways to help incarcerated Blacks. Glover says she changed her mind about joining the board after listening to “voices that I trust.”