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  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 3:02 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Governor Greg Abbott today announced the State of Texas will invest an additional $94.6 million in federal funds to support higher education. Last year, the Governor allocated $175 million to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support Texas higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “This additional funding in higher education is an investment in job opportunities, our state’s economy, and a brighter future for Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “As we move forward from the pandemic, it is critical that we continue to support higher education to ensure more Texans are trained to face dynamic and unique challenges that will set them apart from others, and make them more competitive, in their field.”

    "Higher education is more important than ever to better train and prepare Texans to enter our state’s dynamic post-Covid economy. This funding will help ensure our higher ed institutions are able to equip our students quickly to take their place in the Texas workforce and ensure our global economy continues to prosper," said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. 

    “Investing in our higher education system is the single best way to bolster the workforce that Texas has become known for and accelerate our state’s economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19,” said Speaker Dade Phelan. “We know the value that a post-secondary degree, certificate, or credential can provide in one’s life, and we want that opportunity to be as widely available as possible. This strategic investment will go very far to help return our economy to its former heights and get Texas students the education they need to succeed.”

    "Higher education is a crucial component of our economic recovery," Senator Jane Nelson said. "These funds will help students achieve their academic goals and gain access to the opportunities they need to be career-ready."

    "The additional funding provided by the Governor's Emergency Education Relief fund provides a pathway for students to acquire the necessary skill sets to pursue meaningful and productive careers and helps ensure that the Texas economy will continue to be a global leader," said Chairman Greg Bonnen.    

    "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, federal relief funding has been instrumental in helping Texas get back on its feet. I applaud Governor Abbott for directing additional funds to programs that will help Texans get the skills they need to re-enter the workforce after this devastating public health crisis. Texas has, and will continue to have, one of the strongest economies in the world, and it is due in part to the types of educational programs this funding will support. As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, I look forward to working with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, and Chairwoman Nelson to further addressing the needs of Texans through the allocation of COVID relief funding," said Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. 

    "This funding is crucial to Texas students' future," said Rep Mary E Gonzalez, PhD. "As we continue our recovery from COVID 19, it is vital that we provide strategic investments that will support student access to higher education, but also meet the needs for a diverse and growing state like Texas."

    The federal funds come from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) dollars that were made available through passage of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    This next round of funding will continue to provide meaningful support to ensure Texas students have the skills they need for tomorrow’s jobs, while bridging access for adults, transfer, and low-income students, and increasing capacity for high-value programs and credentials. This includes:

    • $48.1 million to rapidly expand capacity for high-demand and high-value educational opportunities, including $5 million for work-based learning and apprenticeships.
    • $28.5 million to accelerate enrollments, support high-potential students, and provide financial aid for critical student populations.
    • $10 million to establish the My Texas Future program to provide curated one-stop advising resources to help traditional Texas students and adult learners to connect with higher education opportunities across the state.
    • $4 million to expand outreach and engagement of adult learners to meet workforce demands of the state and its employers.
    • $4 million to bolster Tri-Agency data information security and accessibility.

    “As we transition from pandemic response to economic recovery, a key dilemma our state faces is the significant gap between the skills and credentials many Texans possess, and the needs of employers today and into the future,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller. “This dilemma requires strategic solutions and Texas higher education will play a pivotal role in empowering our state’s talent pipeline. We’re grateful for the leadership and support of Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and the entire Texas Legislature.”

    The Governor’s investment in higher education will help ensure more Texans are qualified for available jobs while providing the necessary aid and supports for critical student populations. This strategic backing of Texas’ students and its workforce will continue to accelerate the state’s economic recovery, improving the lives of Texans.

    (Source: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-allocates-additional-94.6m-emergency-education-relief-funding-for-texas-higher-education)


  • Friday, August 13, 2021 5:56 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    The Honorable Reby Cary, whose legacy as an educator and civil rights champion includes being a founder of Texas Association for Blacks in Higher Education (TABPHE), along with the late Erma Johnson Hadley and the late Ivory Moore. Cary will be honored posthumously on Saturday, Aug. 14, at a ceremony marking the opening of Fort Worth’s Reby Cary Youth Library.

    Cary, who died on December 17, 2018, was a tireless voice for civil rights who carried his message as a public school teacher, college and university faculty member, school board member and member of the Texas House of Representatives.

    A graduate of I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M University. Cary was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for 70 years.

    After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, becoming of the first African American in Fort Worth to be allowed in the ranks of apprentice seaman. He later became a radioman second class and was assigned to the USS Cambria, AA036 (Amphibious Personnel Attack).

    His career in education began at Fort Worth’s Dunbar High School where he was a counselor and taught history and government from 1952 to 1967.

    Cary, the first African American faculty member at Tarrant County College, was a member of the original TCC South faculty in 1967. He taught history until moving to the University of Texas at Arlington in 1969 as that institution’s first Black faculty member. In addition to his classroom duties, he was associate dean of student life. He was instrumental in the establishment of UTA’s Minority Student Center in 1972 and the dropping of the Rebel mascot in 1974.

    That year also saw him move into politics, winning a spot on the previously all-white Fort Worth Board of Education. After four years in that role, he moved on to the Texas House of Representatives, serving from 1978 to 1984.

    The Reby Cary Youth Library is located at 3851 E. Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas.

    (Source: news.tccd.edu, Photo courtesy of Tarrant County College)


  • Tuesday, August 03, 2021 10:42 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    The USC Race and Equity Center is offering a series of professional learning experiences via Zoom for individuals and partner organizations engaged in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s SD&D ecosystem. Each live, synchronous 90-minute session will be highly interactive and focused on racial equity strategies, solutions, and practical problem-solving approaches. Slide decks, video recordings of the live sessions, and all other related materials will be available within one week following each session.

    Registration is required for every session in the series.


    Balancing Racial Equity with Other Service Design and Delivery Priorities

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10am PT/1pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf1


    Embedding Racial Equity into Services, Partnerships, and Network Resources

    Thursday, September 2, 2021, 12pm PT/3pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf2


    Identifying and Correcting Implicit Biases in Service Delivery, Materials, and Partner Selection

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 9am PT/12pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf3


    Leading Productive, Non-Polarizing Conversations about Race and Racism

    Monday, November 1, 2021, 10am PT/1pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf4


    Reaching Agreement on Terminology and Racial Equity Language Variations

    Friday, December 3, 2021, 9am PT/12pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf5


    Understanding the Effects of Racism on Racially Minoritized Students’ Experiences and Outcomes

    Friday, January 21, 2022, 10am PT/1pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf6


    Recruiting Equity-Minded TA/Service Providers and Partners from Racially Minoritized Groups

    Monday, February 14, 2022, 11am PT/2pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf7


    Holding Networks and Partners Accountable for Demonstrable Progress Toward Racial Equity Goals

    Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 9am PT/12pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf8


    Measuring Progress Toward Racial Equity Goals

    Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 10am PT/1pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf9


    Differentiating Racial Equity Communications to Different Partners and SD&D Stakeholder Groups

    Thursday, May 19, 2022, 12pm PT/3pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf10


    Systematically Soliciting Input and Feedback from Colleagues of Color Across the Ecosystem

    Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 10am PT/1pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf11


    Using Disaggregated Data to Develop Customized Solutions for Specific Racial/Ethnic Student Groups

    Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 11am PT/2pm ET, Register at https://uscrec.info/bmgf12

  • Friday, June 25, 2021 12:56 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Dr. Leisa Crumpton-Young

    TABPHE congratulates Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, named the 13th president of Texas Southern University. She will assume her role on July 1.

    “Dr. Crumpton-Young is the leader TSU needs to usher in a new era of greatness. Her vision for TSU will shift our graduates forward on the path toward even greater academic excellence,” said Albert H. Myres, Sr., chairman of TSU’s Board of Regents.

    Dr. Crumpton-Young – an established senior administrator, executive and tireless advocate for students – was chosen as the sole finalist following a nationwide search. She will succeed Kenneth Huewitt.

    Dr. Crumpton-Young has a distinguished career in higher education, including her most recent post as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. A native of Texas, Dr. Crumpton-Young’s academic career includes teaching and senior leadership posts at Tennessee State University, University of Central Florida, Texas A&M University and Mississippi State University. She served as program director in the Education and Human Resource Directorate of the National Science Foundation and received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from President Barack Obama in 2010.

    Her leadership at Morgan State led to an increase in cutting-edge research, scholarship and creative activity. She initiated new hiring strategies to diversify faculty, introduced and broadened participation in high-demand academic fields and led initiatives to obtain seven-figure transformative gifts to support student and faculty success, and increased diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Crumpton-Young earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a doctorate degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University (College Station), and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee State University. She holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering.


  • Friday, June 25, 2021 12:35 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Dr. Mordecai I. Brownlee

    TABPHE congratulates Dr. Mordecai I. Brownlee it, the next president of Community College of Aurora. Dr. Brownlee will assume the presidency on July 15, 2021, succeeding the soon-to-be-retired Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven.

    Dr. Brownlee, an inclusive educator who is committed to the intellectual and economic empowerment of diverse communities, brings an impressive resume in advancing student access, expanding student support services, and empowering academic pathways at several public and private higher education institutions, including St. Philip’s College (San Antonio), the University of Charleston in West Virginia, Blinn College District (Brenham), and Houston Baptist University.

    Dr. Brownlee rose to the top of a field of impressive candidates during the nationwide search process. The nine-member search advisory committee carefully screened over 80 high quality applicants and conducted open forums to actively engage the community.

    “Without a doubt, that candidate was Dr. Brownlee. His impressive background and progressive leadership style make him the best fit to advance CCA’s vision, mission, and values,” said Colorado Community College System Chancellor Joe Garcia.

    During his tenure at St. Philip's College as vice president for student success, Dr. Brownlee championed strategic enrollment and student success initiatives that led St. Philip’s to record enrollment and four of the largest degree and certificate awarding classes in the college’s 123-year history.

    Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Brownlee raised millions for student scholarships and academic programs – some of which went to new programs designed to retool individuals to fill high-demand employment opportunities. He has also played an instrumental role in securing several multi-million-dollar capital construction projects.

    In his spare time, Dr. Brownlee serves as an adjunct professor at Morgan State University School of Education & Urban Studies and the University of Charleston School of Business and Leadership where he teaches business management, human resources, social justice, and community college leadership. He also dedicates time as a columnist and nationally recognized speaker covering a broad range of critical higher education topics including education technology; financial literacy and student debt; community college innovation; progressive legislation; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Among his many accolades, Dr. Brownlee was twice awarded the Trusted Leaders Award by the faculty and staff of St. Philip’s College and in 2018 received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. Recently, EdTech Magazine featured him as one of the 30 most interesting voices in higher education who are shaping the conversation around technology and education.

    Dr. Brownlee’s service on community, state, and national boards includes serving as the director of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Community College Institute; Co-Founder of the Rising Leaders Institute for the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), member of the My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative in San Antonio, Community College Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), ApplyTX Advisory Council, and a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

  • Wednesday, June 09, 2021 1:02 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    The 87th  Texas Legislature concluded its regular legislative session on May 31, 2021. Legislators faced unique and unprecedented challenges this session due to the pandemic and severe winter weather event that created additional obstacles to the traditional legislative process, unforeseen issues with the state’s energy infrastructure, and pressures on the state’s budget.

    Although the Legislature grappled with many priority issues facing the state, lawmakers provided important investments in Texas higher education, prioritizing students and policies that will support the state’s economic recovery and long-term economic competitiveness.

    Click here to read the THECB Legislative Update.

    (Source: THECB)

  • Wednesday, June 09, 2021 10:20 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    TABPHE Talks, a panel of black professionals, will tackle COVID-19 on June 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m., with guest panelists Dr. Quevarra Moten and Dr. Joyce Tolofari. 

    Dr. MotenDr. Quevarra Moten originally from Houston, Texas is an international expert in leadership, learning and teaching, and mental health support. She currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Central Texas. Dr. Moten received her doctorate of Education in Transformational Leadership at Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.

    She received her Masters of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Quevarra received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Prairie View A&M University.

    Dr. Quevarra believes that transformation first begins with a thought. She has traveled the world sharing her journey gracefully navigating the hurdles of personal mental health, while supporting a loved one's mental illness. Her journey encourages others to obtain support and resources to help them through their personal journey.

    Dr. TolofariDr. Joyce Tolofari earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus is a needs assessment for retention of African American students in the Associate Degree of Nursing program at Austin Community College. She joined ACC Professional Nursing department as a professor in 2015.

    From 2015 to 2016, Dr. Tolofari served by teaching fundamentals in nursing to first-year students. From 2016 to 2017, she taught the sophomore students. She was then assigned to fill in the mobility track program to teach paramedics, surgical techs, and LVN nurses in 2017.

    One of her goals as a nurse leader is to collaborate with leaders and experts on healthcare teams and the Austin community to impact change. To that end, she collaborates with a diverse group in the Greater Austin - Leadership Austin Essential 41, where they work towards a community-wide system change.

    In nursing, she serves on the Texas Nurses Association District 5 as the Director of Programs and Continuing Education, 2019 -2021. She is a mentor to the Texas DNP members and as a facilitator of Nurses Together. When she worked as a floor nurse and as a circulation nurse in the Interventional Radiology department, during resuscitation with the healthcare team, and now in academia, she has often felt a strong sense of teamwork. Her motto is, there is strength in numbers!!!

    Her leadership vision is to discover her capacity for self-actualization by cultivating professional leadership skills that lead to higher ability in educating and encouraging college students to persist to graduation. Her overall goal is to collaborate with interprofessional leadership and stakeholders in formulating innovative policies to engage and motivate individuals to comprehend the value of pursuing good health and self-care.

    Join the conversation: June 10, 2021, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

    ZOOM Meeting ID: 9510 343 9389, Passcode: 351440

    Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education provides opportunities for professional development that enrich higher education personnel and improve the quality of our career growth. Join us within a local chapter and at our annual conference as we continue to make strides to improve higher education for African Americans in the state of Texas: tabphe.org.

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:03 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    DR. Roland Smith, JR. receives namesake award from American Association of Blacks in Higher Education


    Please join me and the entire TABPHE State Board in congratulating our very own Dr. Roland B. Smith, Jr. on both a leadership award being named in his honor and his being named the first recipient of the award.  The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) surprised Dr. Smith at their national conference (virtual) opening session.  Indeed, a high honor!  Any congratulatory remarks can be sent to Roland at rbsmith@rice.edu.

  • Thursday, April 01, 2021 12:29 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    TABPHE Mourns the Loss of a Former State President

    After a brief illness, Pearlene “Pearl” Conyers transitioned to be with our Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2021, while resting quietly at her home in San Antonio.  During the 1990s, Pearl served the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) honorably as a member of the San Antonio Chapter, President of the San Antonio Chapter and a TABPHE State Board Member. In 1999, she was voted to serve as President-Elect of our association, and in 2001, she ascended to TABPHE state presidency and served in that capacity until 2003.

    Pearl spent her life as a devoted Christian and active church member. Professionally, Pearl was a counselor and Director of Counseling at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the longest serving members of the St. Philip’s family, having worked at the institution for 40 years. Current TABPHE State President Dr. Alexander Okwonna asks that all TABPHE members join with the TABPHE State Board in praying for the Conyers family. Pearl Conyers’ loving spirit will be missed by all.

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