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Friday, June 4, 2021

TSU Board of Regents Selects Sole Finalist
for President

The Texas Southern University Board of Regents named Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas Southern University.

A confirmation vote by the Regents will occur at the next board meeting on June 17, 2021. The transition team will be lead by Regent Stephanie Nellons-Paige and Interim President Kenneth Huewitt.

"Dr. Crumpton-Young is an experienced University leader and tireless advocate for students. Her impeccable credentials made her stand out among the candidates. She brings with her an exciting and bold vision for Texas Southern University that aligns with the goals set forth by the Board of Regents," said TSU Board of Regents Chairman Albert H. Myres, Sr.

Myres thanked the Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Regent Marc Carter, who narrowed the list of candidates for president to three finalists who were invited to Houston for interviews. Crumpton-Young will replace TSU Interim President Kenneth Huewitt, who has served in the role since April 2020.

 “I’m honored to be considered by the full Texas Southern University Board of Regents as the sole finalist for the next president,” said Crumpton-Young. “TSU is a vibrant and treasured institution filled with legacy, excellence and promise. It will be an honor and privilege to serve.”

Crumpton-Young has served as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Morgan State University since 2019. Previously, she served at Tennessee State University in several roles including, Vice President for Research and Institutional Advancement and Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Research and Sponsored Programs and Chief Research Officer. Prior to her role at Tennessee State University, she served as Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University, Program Director in the Education and Human Resource Directorate of the National Science Foundation and Associate Dean of Engineering at Mississippi State University.

In those roles, she initiated new hiring strategies to diversify University faculty and garnered seven-figure monetary gifts to fund student scholarships, research, and support Diversity Equity and Inclusion as well as student and faculty success. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. In addition, Crumpton-Young holds a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee State University.

TSU Board of Regents Member Serves
on the Houston Fund for Social Justice
and Economic Equity Board

TSU Board of Regents member Stephanie D. Nellons-Paige, Mayor Sylvester Turner and other prominent local business, civic and political leaders gathered for The Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity press conference held at Emancipation Community Center on May 20. Funded by private contributions, The Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity is led by Honorary Chair Turner. It aims to address Houston's social, economic and racial inequalities by supporting and investing resources in nonprofit organizations that empower and uplift Houston's Black community. For more information, visit

TSU Student Aaliyah Fleming Named to
TSU Board of Regents 

Congratulations to TSU student Aaliyah Fleming for being appointed to the TSU Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott. She will serve as student regent for a term ending May 31, 2022.   "I am so excited to serve my school in the best way I know how and am enthusiastic to serve alongside the Board of Regents. Grateful for the opportunity to be able to help ensure that this great school of ours continues to be great."

Two Houston Universities in 1927.
One exploded in growth.
The other stagnated

Check out this in-depth article from the Houston Chronicle that highlights Texas Southern and the University of Houston's inequitable funding with racist roots. 
Click here to read more.

News Around Campus

TSU Aviation Student Earns
Private Pilot’s License

Lubianka Lanka recently made history as the first female student in the Aviation Science Management program to earn her Federal Aviation Administration’s private pilot’s license. This is the first milestone for the junior aviation science major who is pursuing a commercial license.
"I'm extremely proud of my accomplishment. This is something I've been wanting since I was a little girl. Even though this is just the first step of my career, this is the most important one because it showed me that I can do it and it's possible if I put in the time and effort," said Lanka.
Lanka passed her FAA Check ride, the final examination to get a pilot license on Sunday, May 30.   It's an accomplishment she says she couldn't have done alone. She thanked her instructors, Rob Sherill and Ed Pataky, for preparing her and always being willing to answer any questions.  "It definitely makes me happy, and I'm looking forward to the next step in my aviation career.”
Dr. Terence Fontaine, director of the aviation program, is excited for Lanka and her outstanding accomplishment. "She is one of our brightest flight students who is always well prepared each time she arrives at the airport. Lubianka’s future is bright. As the Director of Aviation, I’m thrilled to play a small role in her growth to become a commercial pilot.”
Texas Southern is one of eight HBCUs in the country to offer a degree in aviation. TSU is the only public four-year institution in Texas to offer both Aviation Science Management and Aviation Science Management with a Professional Pilot concentration.  For more information about the aviation program, click here.

Professor Momoh A. Yakubu Selected
for The Carnegie African Diaspora
Fellowship Program 

Texas Southern University professor Momoh A. Yakubu was awarded The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. He will be traveling to Nigeria to assist the University of Lagos on bioinorganic chemistry‚ and growing research capacity and output. Yakubu will also help the University of Lagos professor,  Dr. Tolulope Mojisola Fasina, with mentoring graduate students and faculty, collaborating on research and curriculum development and hosting educational workshops.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fourth year, is designed to reverse Africa's brain drain, strengthen capacity at the host institutions and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between Universities in Africa, the United States and Canada. It is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya. A total of 527 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program's inception in 2013.
The fellowship goals are to help establish collaboration between the fellow and host University, enhance research outputs, encourage undergraduate and graduate research through mentoring and co-advising of students, enhance curriculum co-development, exchange faculty/students' visits between the Universities,  and establish productive collaborative interdisciplinary research, etc.
The University of Lagos project is one of 56 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, collaborative research, graduate training and mentoring activities in the coming months.

Dr. Merline Pitre Featured
in the film "Citizens at Last:
Texas Women Fight for the Vote"

TSU Historian Dr. Merlne Pitre will be featured in the film "Citizens at Last: Texas Women Fight for the Vote," a documentary film that tells the story of the grit, persistence and tactical smarts of Texas women who organized, demonstrated and won the vote for women. “Citizens at Last” follows the early days of organizing, explores the strategic role Texas suffragists played in the national movement and exposes the pro-Jim Crow policies of the anti-suffragists who stood in their way.

The film will air on the World Channel at 8 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT on Friday, July 9.  Learn more about the film and stream it here.

TMSL Students Selected as

2021 JP Stevens Fellows

Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) congratulates rising 3L, Ms. Chantel Rozier (Class of ’22) and rising 2L, Ms. Arielle Strong (Class of ’23), on being selected as 2021 JP Stevens Fellows. 

The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Program provides grants to enable law students at participating law schools to work in unpaid public interest summer law positions.  Rozier and Strong join a national cohort of 80 Stevens Fellows, the largest group since the Fellowship program’s landmark beginning in 1997. 

Joan R.M. Bullock, J.D., dean of the TMSL, said she is thrilled about the new partnership with the John Paul Stevens Foundation and their JP Public Interest Fellows Program. TMSL is one of six HBCUs included in the foundation’s nationwide public interest program expansion.  

“Thurgood ​Marshall Law proudly boasts of being among the nation’s top law schools for diversity and is lauded for ​its commitment to the public interest via our exceptional clinical and experiential education programs,” said Bullock. “We remain excited about inclusion with this prestigious partnership and ​for the opportunity of Ms. Rozier and Ms. Strong ​to have singular focus in public interest service this summer.”



To All Staff, Faculty, and Students of Texas Southern University
On Saturday, June 12, 2021, the University’s contracted auctioneer will administer a public auction containing TSU surplus furniture and misc. equipment at their location.  In addition to the items provided by our institution, interested persons will have an opportunity to view and bid on merchandise provided by other external state, local and private agencies.
All University personnel are permitted to bid on items at the public auction. If you desire to participate in the event or believe others can benefit from the auction, location and contact details are provided below.

Auctioneer information:
Worstell Auction Company
8424 Hansen, Houston, Tx. 77075
For auction terms and rules, please visit the website listed above; for all other questions, please contact Dan McCormick at


Pree Advances To Nationals In Long Jump, Earns First TSU Berth Since 2012

Sophomore long jumper Kenneth Pree made history on Wednesday afternoon as he qualified for the NCAA Men's Track & Field National Championships in Eugene, Oregon. 

Participating against some of the best long jumpers in the nation in the Preliminary Championship at Texas A&M, Pree only had three attempts to prove his worth, or his 2021 season would come to a close. 

Entering the day with a personal best jump of 24-2.25 feet, the sophomore from Houston opened up with a personal-best mark of 24-9 on his first attempt. Facing 92-degree heat, Pree would foul on his second attempt, which set up his final jump of the afternoon and potentially the season.
On his last attempt, Pree dug deep and gave everything he had as he set another personal-best of 25-1 ¾ feet. Once the dust settled, Pree finished 12th overall and punched his ticket to nationals as the top 12 finishers moved on to the next round. 

With the advancement, Pree is the first TSU men's track & field athlete to earn a national bid since the 4x400-meter relay team advanced to nationals in 2012. Pree also is chasing history at TSU, in 1987, Flying Tiger Paul Emordi was crowned national champion with a mark of 27-0 ¾ feet. 

Tune in for the LinkedIn Learning Contest Winners Announcement

Tuesday, June 8th 2021

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