James Howard Bland III|
School: Tennessee State University
Major Concentration: Biology Major with Minor in Chemistry
Mr. Tennessee State University 2009-2010
Goals are meant to be met... whether they are long-term or short-term. James Howard Bland III from Versailles, Kentucky, has his eyes set on several planned goals.
Bland is currently a Biology and Chemistry major at Tennessee State University. After graduating from TSU, Bland plans to attend dental school and specialize in orthodontics. At TSU, he has been involved with the Student Government Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Theta Chapter (Historian), The Undergraduate Student National Dental Association (President), The Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands and The Collegiate 100 Black Men.
Bland is certainly a young man who is on the move. "My life goal is to ultimately achieve three main things; first, I would like to earn my degrees and open my own practice in the field of orthodontics; second, I wish to raise a healthy family; and third, I would like to give back to my parents and grandparents for all of the support and encouragement they have given me over the years."
Bland's family background is strong and he pays homage to his past. "My mother and father, as well as grandparents, have had the biggest influence on me and my life," said Bland. "They taught me things that I otherwise would not have learned. They offered me financial help when it was needed. Most importantly, they offered a tremendous amount of love and support."
James Bland can be a complicated man, but he remains aware of his responsibilities to the University. "Not only am I supposed to carry myself with pride and spirit on and off campus, but I vow to help shape Tennessee State University into what we feel it should be," Bland stated. "I want this school to benefit not only the current students, but prospective students and the community surrounding it."
There are also plans to grow beyond the university setting and help the entire family around TSU. Bland shares: "I hope to bridge the gap between the university and the community. Without the community and alumni support, the current student body will make it difficult for us to progress."
Bland knows that image and reputation are keys to success for black men. "The image of black men in general is one of progression. More times than not, we as black men are placed in categories and not always looked upon as the most intelligent or easy to trust," said Bland. "However, I feel that with new leaders and influential role models in different industries, there will be a paradigm in the faces of black men in this country. It starts with people who are willing and dedicated to work with black youth and spread their personal knowledge to others, Bland continued.
"As the newly elected Mr. Tennessee State University, I am going to do everything in my power to be one of those influential people to young black males." said Bland.
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