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Music chair to serve with TBR as Maxine Smith Fellow

After being nominated by Austin Peay State University President Sherry Hoppe, the chair of the APSU Department of Music has been selected as a Maxine Smith Fellow to the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).

Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, department chair and professor of music, is splitting her work responsibilities between APSU and TBR until November 2007. At TBR, she is working under the mentorship of Dr. Paula Short, vice chancellor for academic affairs.
After being nominated by Austin Peay State University President Sherry Hoppe, the chair of the APSU Department of Music has been selected as a Maxine Smith Fellow to the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).

Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu, department chair and professor of music, is splitting her work responsibilities between APSU and TBR until November 2007. At TBR, she is working under the mentorship of Dr. Paula Short, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Named for civil rights and educational activist, Dr. Maxine Smith, Memphis, who served 12 years on the TBR, the Maxine Smith Fellows Program provides opportunities for African-American employees of TBR schools to participate in a working and learning environment that will enhance their work experience and career development. The program is intended to provide experience with administrative roles in the system or in upper-level policymaking positions.

With a distinguished record as an educator, performing artist and scholar, Robinson-Oturu joined the APSU music faculty as department chair in Fall 2005.

Her primary academic home was Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla., where she served 21 years as coordinator of vocal studies and director of the Opera Workshop. She has received numerous local, state and national honors, including being named the Florida Professor of the Year for 1988 by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson-Oturu earned the Bachelor and Master of Music Education (vocal emphasis) from Howard University and the Doctor of Philosophy from New York University.

Also selected as a Maxine Smith Fellow, Tracy Carter, associate director of affirmative action at Tennessee State University, has begun working at APSU under the mentorship of Vice President for Legal Affairs and Strategic Planning Richard Jackson.

For more information about the Maxine Smith Fellowship Program, contact Mary Morgan at TBR by telephone at (615) 366-4414. -- Dennie B. Burke