Harold Conner is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents and an ordained Baptist minister. He was the first black administrator to be employed by UT Martin after it was desegregated in 1969. He first served the university as Assistant Dean of Students and then Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. During his tenure, Reverend Conner was instrumental in the formation of many campus organizations and programs that still play significant roles on the UTM campus, including the Black Student Organization (BSA), Freshman Studies, the Highest Praise Gospel Choir, and the Peer Enabler Program (PEP).
Reverend Conner retired from the university in 1981. He was the first recipient of the Black Student Association's annual Legacy Award for his achievements at UTM. He currently resides in Martin and is the pastor for the Fuller Street Baptist Church in Dresden. He and his wife have three grown children: Harold Jr., Marshal, and Cathy.
UTM offers a scholarship in his name, the Harold Conner Scholarship, which is designed to offer financial assistance to those students who show academic promise. The selective scholarship is a $2,000 per academic year award that requires entering freshmen to have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and ACT score of 21 (or SAT equivalent).
Harold Conner Scholars
The Harold Conner Scholars Program is designed to aid high-performing students in their endeavors to obtain a college education.
Participation in the Harold Conner Scholars Program is open to high school graduates from the state of Tennessee who attends the University of Tennessee at Martin.