Robert K. Glenn, Ph.D.
Robert K. (Bob) Glenn became President of Athens State University in August 2008.
He previously served for nine years as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Middle Tennessee State University. He was given the additional appointment of Vice Provost for Enrollment and Academic Services in 2001. Dr. Glenn began his career in higher education as a residence hall director at Birmingham-Southern College in 1975. Nine years later he left the position of Director of Student Services at B-SC to move to the University of North Alabama as Director of Student Activities. From UNA he went to Missouri State University as Dean of Students in 1993 before leaving to work at MTSU in 1999.
Dr. Glennís education started in his parentsí home. The son of Rev. and Mrs. Kyle Glenn, Dr. Glenn was born and raised in the state of Texas. Being the son of a minister was definitely a learning experience as was moving around the state of Texas. Dr. Glenn often jokes that, ďabout the time the congregation got to know Dad, it became time to move.Ē Dr. Glenn left Texas to attend Birmingham-Southern College where he was the fourth generation of the Glenn family to attend the institution. Dr. Glennís great grandfather (Rev. E. M. Glenn) was the second president of North Alabama College, which became Birmingham College and later merged with Southern University to become Birmingham-Southern College. His great-grandfather also served two years as president of Athens Female College, which is Athens State University today.
Dr. Glenn earned his bachelorís degree in chemistry from Birmingham-Southern. He completed his masterís degree and doctorate at the University of Alabama. Both degrees are in the field of counseling. Dr. Glenn cites his training as a counselor, and specifically his training in the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler, as a major force in shaping his educational philosophy.
While pursuing his education, Dr. Glenn also began what he considers his most important work, that of husband and father. He married Laura Whitehurst in 1978. Dr. and Mrs. Glenn have three children. They are Elisabeth Anne (Lisa) Glenn, a school teacher in Phoenix, Ariz.; Katherine Whitehurst (Katie) Glenn, a student at Birmingham-Southern College; and Carl Thomas Kyle Glenn, a recent graduate of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dr. and Mrs. Glenn met at Birmingham-Southern College while they were both students. Mrs. Glenn holds a bachelorís degree in education from Birmingham-Southern.