FOUNDER & PAST PRESIDENT
Texas A&M University-Commerce
FOUNDER & PAST PRESIDENT
Erma Johnson Hadley
Tarrant County College District
The Honorable Reby Cary
University of Texas at Arlington
Since 1973, the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education has been a dynamic organization which provides a statewide vehicle for a diverse, multicultural workforce to learn, share, direct, lead and influence our educational system.
As rich as the organization is in resources, it is also rich in history. The founders of this great organization had a vision to formally organize an association to promote, maintain and assure the development and growth of African Americans in the educational process.
On April 7-9, 1973, several representatives of state and private institutions of higher education, within and outside the State of Texas, met at the Ramada Inn Central in Dallas, Texas, to discuss concerns pertinent to the well-being of African Americans at higher education institutions in the state of Texas.
It was determined that because all in attendance served in various specialized positions within these institutions with a commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts in higher education, that we formally organize an association to promote, maintain and assure the development and growth of African Americans in the educational process.
Under the leadership of those who served as president of the state organization, for the more than 45 years following this action, hundreds of African-American leaders have acted as a unified force to address new and recurring challenges in Texas higher education.
These former presidents and their institutions are listed below:
President and Institution
Ivory Moore, East Texas State University
Mary McFall, Southern Methodist University
Erma C. Johnson, Tarrant County Jr. College
Roland Hayes, Austin Community College
Dr. Corinthian Fields, Moutainview College
Dr. Elizabeth Branch, Tarrant County Jr. College
Dr. Marie Cromwell, Houston Community College
Jafus Cavil, Texas State Technical College
Rev. Clarence Glover, Southern Methodist University
Eddie Harris, St. Philip’s College
Dr. Rod C. Fluker, Sr., Austin Community College
Pearl Conyers, St Philip's College
Dr. James Shippy, Southwest College – Houston Community College System
Arthur Gregg, University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Laurie Fluker, Texas State University-San Marcos
Dr. Felicia J. Scott, College Dreams
Dr. Cherry Gooden, Texas Southern University
Joseph Hebert, San Jacinto College - South Campus
Tanisha Shorter, Dallas County Community College District 2017-2019 Dr. Curtis Hill, Dallas County Community College District 2019-2021 Dr. Connie Williams, Austin Community College 2021-2023 Dr. Okwonna Alexander, San Jacinto College - North Campus