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Message from the President

        Founders: Ivory Moore, Erma Johnson-Hadley, Reby Cary



On behalf of the leadership of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the web site of our amazing organization. As the premier organization to drive advocacy, access, and accountability on vital issues concerning Blacks in higher education, TABPHE's vision is to ensure that the higher education system in the state of Texas provides equitable opportunities and advancement for Black faculty and staff while fostering a positive environment for Black students to successfully matriculate.

dr alexander okwonnaFor nearly five decades, TABPHE has done tremendous work to support Blacks in higher education. We owe a great deal of gratitude to those who served before us and paved the way. Although continuous improvements have been made since 1973, the pandemic and tragic events of the past year highlight that our advocacy for representation and respect within higher education must remain consistent. Despite all of the obstacles, we are proud of the work that we have accomplished and are excited about our future in higher education.

TABPHE consists of a diverse collection of private and public universities, four-year and two-year institutions, HBCUs, HSIs, PWIs, and colleges and universities from across the great state of Texas. Additionally, our members serve in various roles within higher education, including as administrators, faculty, staff, graduate students, and even college/university presidents. Our membership is indeed a rare collection of talent. TABPHE has room for more talent just like You!

NOW is the time to get involved in TABPHE. As we inch closer to our 50th (Semicentennial) anniversary and membership continues to grow, we need your support. Whether you are attending our annual conference, participating in professional development opportunities, serving on a committee, supporting your local chapter, or simply donating to our scholarship fund, you are needed. Now more than ever, there are renewed energy and engaged activities within TABPHE. I invite you to browse the website, connect with us on social media, and reach out to us if we can help advocate for you or provide support to you. So, as you can see, TABPHE has you covered. We welcome you to our organization and work hard to make sure you find what you need.

I am truly honored to serve as the president of this great organization. While I am inspired by the TABPHE Founders, it is our membership that fuels and fans the flame, which has contributed to TABPHE's success over the years. So, let's keep working together to make a difference for ourselves and for generations that will follow because our very lives depend on it.

I look forward to serving you, and thanks for your service that impacts people's lives in and through higher education.



Dr. Alexander C. Okwonna

State President, TABPHE
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