James A. Hefner


Age: 74

Summary: retired economics professor and the sixth president of Tennessee State University from 1991 to 2005, in which the university saw marked physical, infrastructional, and academic improvement, including the implementation of a $112-million capital improvement plan as part of the Geier agreement that attempted to end race-based disparity in higher education funding in Tennessee under his leadership.

Cause of Death: Colon cancer

Born: June 20, 1941

Died: August 27, 2015

Brentwood, Tennessee