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  • Friday, November 11, 2022 1:14 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    St. Philip’s College was named #4 on the Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities in Texas 2022 list by University Headquarters. SPC, the top two-year institution ranked on the state list, is the nation’s only college federally designated as both an HBCU and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The top three Texas HBCUs, by ranking, are Prairie View A&M University, Huston-Tillotson University (Austin) and Texas Southern University (Houston).

    HBCUs are an important part of the higher education landscape. These institutions have been around for generations, with some that predate the Civil War. St. Philip’s was founded by the Episcopal Church in 1898 to educate girls who were the daughters and granddaughters of emancipated African Americans.

    The college ranked #46 on the national Top 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities list. On the national list, SPC is the highest listed two-year institution.

    HBCUs are all excellent educational institutions and many have survived the years of underfunding and segregation. Initially an Episcopal school, SPC went public during the Great Depression when diocesan funding diminished. Under the leadership of Saint Artemisia Bowden, who served at the helm of the institution for 52 years, the school persisted and grew into a community college. She was named a Holy Woman by the Episcopal Church posthumously in 2015 in recognition of her work in education, the church and the community.

    St. Philip’s is the only HBCU in San Antonio and the westernmost public HBCU in the U.S.

  • Friday, November 11, 2022 1:10 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Doctor Tomikia P. LeGrandeTexas A&M University System’s Board of Regents on Thursday named Tomikia P. LeGrande as the sole finalist to become the ninth President of Prairie View A&M University.

    After a nationwide search, Chancellor John Sharp recommended Dr. LeGrande as sole finalist and the Board approved. Under state law, the Board of Regents name a finalist for at least 21 days before making the appointment at a subsequent meeting.

    Dr. LeGrande, who is currently Vice President for Strategy, Enrollment Management and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University, would not assume her duties at Prairie View A&M until the end of the 2022-23 school year.

    She would succeed Dr. Ruth Simmons, who will become President Emerita and will hold a faculty appointment as University Professor, a position that will allow her to remain a campus figure raising money, expanding the national profile of the university and lecturing to another generation of students.

    “Dr. LeGrande will provide great leadership for the Panthers for many years to come,” said Chancellor Sharp. “Her experience and leadership in enrollment management and student success is exactly what PVAMU needs at this juncture to build on the great work Ruth Simmons has provided these past five years. I’m excited by where PVAMU is headed.”

    Dr. LeGrande, who has been at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2018, has experience in Texas. She served as an administrator for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown from 2012 to 2018. She also received a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

    Prior to her duties in Houston, Dr. LeGrande worked at North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.

    She received her bachelor’s in chemistry from Savannah State University and a master’s in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University.

    “I want to thank Chancellor Sharp and the Board of Regents for the opportunity to serve as President of Prairie View A&M University. PVAMU has a strong legacy of transforming the lives of its students and contributing to the surrounding region and state of Texas, both educationally and economically. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and community as we honor and build upon the university’s powerful legacy and upward trajectory.”

    In May, a 14-member committee was created to conduct a national search to find Dr. Simmons’ successor. The search was led by Bill Mahomes, Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, and Regent Elaine Mendoza.


  • Thursday, September 01, 2022 8:41 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) is responding to the Biden  Administration’s efforts concerning the student loan relief plan. This long-awaited presidential vision is to help millions of debt-burdened students find financial relief with their student loans.

    TABPHE’s vision is to ensure equity, access, and affordable education for all disenfranchised and marginalized minority students. Education is necessary and should be affordable, but the continued rising cost of higher education makes it harder for students to repay their loans. The Student Debt Relief Plan, announced by the Biden Administration is an action plan that promotes “the progress of Blacks in the pursuit of access to all aspects of the educational process” (TABPHE Constitution, 2022).

    TABPHE stands with the Biden Administration’s decision to help ease the burden of indebted students. This is a relief for millions of predominantly minority and low-income students. We will encourage our students to take advantage of this great opportunity to reduce their student loan debt and embrace financial literacy.

    To receive a more comprehensive understanding of the Student Debt Relief Plan, here is a resource from the U.S. Department of Education:

    https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/biden-harris-administration-announces-final-student-loan-pause-extension-through-december-31-and-targeted-debt-cancellation-smooth-transition-repayment

     

    Dr. Charles Leslie

    TABPHE Legislative Chair

     

    Dr. Angela Anderson

    TABPHE Legislative Committee

     

    Dr. Yvonne Frear

    TABPHE Legislative Committee


  • Monday, August 29, 2022 8:54 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Dr. Melva Williams Huston-Tillotson UniversityFollowing a national search, the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Trustees today announced Melva K. Williams, Ph.D. as the institution’s seventh president and chief executive officer, effective August 15, 2022.  Williams brings to HT her vast higher education experience as an innovative scholar in positions as chief of staff, vice chancellor and associate dean, managing multiple aspects of student affairs and enrollment management, ranging from athletics to recruitment.

    “Dr. Williams’ reputation as a visionary leader, utilizing creative approaches to advancing higher education through layers of innovative improvements will position Huston-Tillotson University for the economic and technological advances shaping the Central Texas market,” said HT Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Carol McDonald.

    Prior to coming to HT, Williams held numerous positions within the Southern University System (Louisiana) including, executive associate to the chancellor, assistant vice chancellor and vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at SU-Shreveport, vice chancellor at SU-New Orleans, and System chief of staff.  A former associate dean of College at Centenary College of Louisiana, Williams has concurrently served as a professor, lecturer and board member at several colleges and universities.  Recently, she served as the senior director of programming for the Clinton Presidential Center.  Additionally, she is the co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), a founding board member and board president for Magnolia School of Excellence, and is a national spokesperson for emotional intelligence (soft skills) development.

    “I am honored and energized to serve as HT’s second female president,” Williams said.  “The trust of the Board of Trustees and the HT Presidential Search Committee is very much appreciated, and I look forward to advancing an aggressive agenda that will ensure HT’s continued success.”

    Williams earned a doctorate in higher education from Jackson State University (Mississippi) and a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Grambling State University (Louisiana).

    AGB Search, Inc. conducted the exploration and research for the University’s next president following the retirement of Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette that identified nearly 50 applicants narrowed to eight semi-finalists, four finalists, and the selection of Dr. Williams.


  • Monday, May 09, 2022 10:48 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)


    Catch the Next will hold its virtual Spring Gala on May 12 from 6-7 p.m., and will feature a panel discussing the future of higher education, including Dr. Tina Jackson, Assistant Commissioner of the Division for Workforce Education for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). 

    Dr. Jackson works with all aspects of career and technical workforce initiatives and programs. She is the former District Director of Developmental Education at Collin College, where she worked across all campuses on issues related to developmental education, completion and pathways to careers.

    Jackson served as Associate Dean of Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) at Dallas County Community College District from 2016-2017. She was the statewide coordinator of Community College Programs at the University of Texas at Austin from 2012-2016. Helping to redesign developmental math throughout all 50 community colleges in Texas.

    In 2013, Dr. Jackson was named a Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. In 2012, Jackson was awarded a Community College Leadership Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012, she also received an award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education to continue her research on STEM Workforce Development in Community Colleges focusing on students of color.

    Dr. Jackson also serves as Vice President of Programs on the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) State Board.

    She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Some of the possible topics the panel will cover include: “What are the challenges facing higher education, and what are some solutions? What is the value of higher education in the future? What is technology’s influence on higher education in years to come? How can institutions ensure that they continue to deliver to the student-consumer? What can be done about the often-prohibitive cost of higher education? How do colleges address the CoRequisite-Pathways movement within the 60x30TX Strategy?

    Dr. Jackson will be joined on the panel by:
    • Dr. Robert Garza, President of Palo Alto College;
    • Dr. Richard Solis, President of South Texas College;
    • Dr. Richard Rhodes, Chancellor of Austin Community College;
    • Dr. Plummer, Vice-President of Information Services, Planning & Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives at South Texas College;
    • Dr. Hector Gonzales, President of Southwest Junior College;
    • Chris Nelson, Dean of Liberal Arts, South Texas College; and
    • Dr. Stella Lovato, Vice President of College Services and Nursing Education and Interim Vice President of Academic Success, San Antonio College.

    Linda Hagedorn, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, International Programs, Student Services, Diversity, and Community in the College of Human Sciences and Professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University, will serve as moderator for the panel.

    In addition to the panel, there will be video of students talking about the program’s impact and their plans as well as videos of CTN cohort 2021 faculty graduating from our professional development sequence to speak about the effects of our training on their teaching. The gala will end with a student musical performance.

    For more information about the gala, go to

    https://catchthenext.networkforgood.com/events/40471-journey-into-the-future-catch-the-next-ascender-virtual-gala

    To register for the gala, go to

     https://catchthenext.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/gala-registration-spring-2022 


    PANEL BIOS: 

    Dr. Robert Garza

    Garza was appointed as the seventh president of Alamo Colleges District-Palo Alto College on July 25, 2018, by the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees. Originally joining the Alamo Colleges District in 1999, Dr. Garza held several positions during his tenure at Palo Alto College, including Dean of Community Development and Partnerships, Dean of Student Success, and Vice President of Student Success.

    Within his first year as president, he led Palo Alto College toward being named a Rising Star of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, and celebrated the achievements of the Alamo Colleges District and its five colleges as a 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner. Additionally, he spearheaded fundraising efforts for ¡Celebración! in October 2018 – Palo Alto College’s premier scholarship fundraiser – and raised a record $1.3 million in committed scholarship dollars for Palo Alto College students and employees.

    In Fall 2020, Palo Alto College announced a new addition to the campus, the Rio Grande. When completed, it will be the largest multipurpose building that will promote collaborative learning and interactive instruction with its specialized program spaces. The Rio Grande will be home to advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, logistics, dental hygiene, science labs, criminal justice, and more

    In December 2020, Palo Alto College was the recipient of an eight-figure gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This marks the largest one-time donation in the College’s history. Recognized for strong leadership and results, the College stood out among 384 organizations across the country.

    Palo Alto College is committed to building a college-going culture in south Bexar County through existing programming and developing new and innovative ideas. Events like Eggstravaganza, a free egg hunt for south San Antonio families, and PACfest 2019, an official Fiesta® San Antonio event, for the community to come together and be part of the Palo Alto College family. Dr. Garza is a supporter of the community and is a firm believer that education starts at birth. Launched in March 2021, Educate South is a new community effort that focuses on beginning educational awareness at the earliest years of school by building public and private partnerships.

    Dr. Garza was awarded the V. Ray Cardozier Alumni Excellence Award by the University of Texas, which honors a graduate of the doctoral program in higher education who demonstrates excellence in their scholarly/professional work. As an active member of the community, Dr. Garza serves as a board member for the Alamo Collegiate Network, Catch the Next, Inc., Hot Wells Conservancy, Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI), and Texas Vista Medical Center. 

    Dr. Garza holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation focused on Faculty Perspectives in Online Learning, which included a study that utilized Interactive Qualitative Analysis to identify challenges in online education and capture faculty perceptions about online learning. (https://www.alamo.edu/pac/about-pac/leadership/office-of-the-president/)

    Dr. Ricardo Solis

    Solis is President of South Texas College and previously served as President of Laredo College, Laredo, TX, Executive Dean for Academic, Professional, and Technical Education at Gateway Community College, and Maricopa Community Colleges, in Phoenix, AZ.

    Dr. Solis earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration – Community College Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio. (https://admin.southtexascollege.edu/president/)

    Dr. Richard M. Rhodes

    Since joining the Austin Community College District in September 2011, Dr. Rhodes has worked to improve pathways into higher education, strengthen awareness of the community college mission, and give students the tools to accomplish their educational, professional, and personal goals.

    A native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Arts in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University. He earned his doctorate through the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving its Distinguished Graduate Award in 2001.

    His professional associations include Chair of the American Association of Community Colleges; Board Member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council; and Past Chair of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Rhodes also is a Board Member for the Trellis Company, Chair of the Trellis Foundation, Vice Chair for the Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts, and Board Member of the League for Innovation.

    Dr. Rhodes is active in the community, serving as Past Chair of the Board for American YouthWorks as well as serving on the boards of local Chambers of Commerce and Co-Chair of Communities in Schools Central Texas Leadership Circle and the Austin Area Research Organization.

    Prior to joining ACC, Dr. Rhodes served as President of El Paso Community College for 10 years and as Vice President of Business Services at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for seven years.

    Dr. Rhodes is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife, Kate, have four children and nine grandchildren. Dr. Rhodes enjoys reading, golf, hiking, running, and spending time with his family. (https://www.austincc.edu/offices/chancellor/biography)

    Dr. Hector Gonzales

    Dr. Gonzales has served as President of Southwest Texas Junior College since 2012. Prior to that he was Chief Academic Officer & Chief Financial Officer and Director of Accounting and Controller for the college. He was adjunct faculty for Sul Ross State University for four years. He also worked Coleman, Horton & Company CPA's as a Staff Accountant & Auditor and for Tandem Petroleum Marketers as Chief Financial Officer

    Dr. Gonzales is currently on the Board of Directors for the Uvalde Memorial Hospital and is a member of the Rotary Club International. He was also a member of the Lions Club International for seven years.  He served as treasurer for the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce for three years and as director of the Uvalde Area Development Foundation for two years.

    Dr. David Plummer

    Dr. Plummer currently serves as the Vice-President of Information Services, Planning & Strategic Initiatives as well as the Assistant Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives at South Texas College and has over 18 years of higher education experience. He is the executive officer overseeing all information services and operations, including information technology and security, instructional technology, library services, centers for learning excellence, institutional research, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation. Dr. Plummer is responsible for aligning information services, learning support services, institutional and student performance and operations with institutional goals and objectives as they relate to the organizational mission. In previous higher education roles, he served as Dean of Administrative Services, Chief Project Officer and as Director over workforce training. In addition to higher education, Dr. Plummer served for over 20 years in the military as an Infantry Officer including a tour of duty in Afghanistan and worked as a Senior Business Analyst in a corporate environment.

    Dr. Plummer has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M–Kingsville, an MBA and a BBA in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas–Pan American.

    Dr. Stella Lovato

    Dr. Lovato is Interim Vice President of Academic Success for San Antonio College. While serving in this interim position, she remains in her current leadership role as Vice President of College Services. Dr. Lovato began her long affiliation with SAC and the Alamo Colleges District as a student, earning an associate degree in dental assisting. She then embarked on an academic journey that ultimately led to earning a doctorate and becoming both a successful academic and administrative leader.  She has served in numerous faculty and leadership positions at SAC, including as Professor and Chair for the Department of Allied Health and Kinesiology. She also has held a variety of institutional service roles, including as Coach for the 4 Disciplines of Execution, Vice President of the Faculty Senate, Chair for the Alamo Colleges District Chairs Council, and as a member of the Baldrige Committee, among many others. 

    She was appointed Vice President of College Services in 2016.  She oversees such key functions and services as College Services, Risk Management, Campus Logistics, the College Budget Office, the Office of Technology Services, the Scobee Education Center, the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro, Integrated Planning and Performance Excellence, and the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications. 

    Dr. Lovato earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health Professions at Texas State University, a master’s in Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in Adult Professional and Community Education at Texas State University.

    Dr. Christopher Nelson

    Dr. Nelson earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University in 2003.  He began teaching at South Texas College in 2004, where he has worked since.  He was awarded the classification of Associate Professor of Philosophy in 2009, and the classification of Professor of Philosophy in 2015.  He served as Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, from 2006 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2015, Assistant Dean of Humanities in the Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from 2014 to 2019, and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Student Learning in 2019.  He currently serves as Dean of Liberal Arts, Co-Lead for the College’s Texas Pathways Project Team, and Liaison to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  He has published numerous articles on various aspects of the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard, as well as articles on the phenomenology of religious experience in the writings of William James, and the philosophy of education in the writings of Simone Weil.

    Dr. Linda Hagedorn-Panel Moderator

    Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, International Programs, Student Services, Diversity, and Community in the College of Human Sciences and Professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University.  She is a prominent researcher in the area of community college student success with over 200 publications and presentations.  As the Director of International Programs at Iowa State, she is also highly involved in international education. Dr. Hagedorn has extensive international experience beginning with her initial work in Vietnam as a Fulbright Specialist at AnGiang University (2003).  She subsequently has been a researcher and collaborator in China, Russia, Korea, and Spain.  She is on the advisory board of international universities in both China and Iran.  As the past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Dr. Hagedorn has a rich history of leadership. Included in her long list of funded projects, including the latest funded by the U.S. Department of State where she heads the American Cultural Center at Henan Normal University in Xinxiang China. 


  • Friday, April 01, 2022 9:24 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    St. Philip’s College (SPC) Professor Emeritus Dr. William C. Davis passed away on March 16, 2022, at the age of 95.

    Dr. Davis led a remarkable career as a researcher, food chemist and educator. His career was set in motion when his father took him on a road trip from the family’s home in Valdosta, Georgia, to the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. There, the young Davis attended a workshop with George Washington Carver and Henry Ford. Seeing African American professors and scientists in action inspired Davis to become a chemist.

    Dr. Davis created instant mash potatoes, soft-serve ice cream and industrial glue. He standardized medical tests for insulin and growth hormones. Working with a St. Philip’s College colleague, the late Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lanier Byrd, Dr. Davis studied the characteristics of drinking water and co-created the formula for Dasani brand water.

    William Conan Davis was born on August 22, 1926, in Waycross, Georgia to Kince Charles and Laura Jane Davis. He graduated from a segregated high school and went to New York City to further his education. He lived with his brother, the late actor and civil rights activist, Ossie Davis, and briefly attended the City College of New York (www.ccny.cuny.edu).

    Davis went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Talladega College (Ala.) (talladega.edu) in 1956 and a Master’s of Science in Organic Chemistry from the Tuskegee Institute (tuskegee.edu) in 1958, where he was a George Washington Carver Research Fellow.

    He was determined to pursue a Ph.D. in research—an extremely difficult goal for a black student at the time. The University of Idaho (uidaho.edu) was the only institution willing to accept him as a research-track grad student. His thesis was A Study of Sloughing in the Potato Tuber (1965).

    With a Ph.D. in hand, Dr. Davis began to explore human health, studying hay fever antigens, learning radioimmunoassay techniques, and spent nearly 15 years as director of United Medical Laboratories in Portland, Oregon. He helped establish a free medical clinic in Portland’s Albina neighborhood before relocating to San Antonio, Texas. From 1979 to 1982, Davis was a research associate in Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (uthscsa.edu) and, in 1983, he became a chemistry professor at St. Philip’s College (alamo.edu/spc).

    Dr. Davis served as department chair of Natural Sciences, starting in 1996. He was named professor emeritus upon his retirement in 2009. In 2012, the college science building was named in his honor, the William C. Davis Science Building. On the day of the building renaming ceremony, Dr. Davis awarded the college a $20,000 endowment toward scholarships for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. 

    Davis enrolled in the U.S. Army Officer Training Corps while a student at Talladega College. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, he served during the Korean War and was awarded with a Purple Heart in 1953. He will be interred at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio. 

    The funeral service, burial, and reception for Dr. Davis are planned for Thursday, April 14, 2022. (Updated 3/31/2022)

    Funeral Services

    • Colonial Funeral Home
      625 Kitty Hawk Road
      Universal City, Texas 78148
      (210) 658-7037

      Private Visitation: 10:00 am to 10:30 am
      Public Visitation: 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Funeral Service: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Burial

    • Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
      1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
      San Antonio, Texas 78209
      (210) 820-3891

    Burial: 1:15 pm

    Reception

    • St. Philip's College
      1801 Martin Luther King Drive
      Sutton Learning Center, Building #10
      Bowden Alumni Center, SLC 3rd Floor
      San Antonio, Texas  78203
      (210) 486-2900

    Reception: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    To learn more about the life of Dr. William C. Davis, click here.

  • Monday, February 14, 2022 7:02 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

     Dr. Charles Leslie Texoma Hero Program recently announced the recipient of the Texoma Hero Recognition Award for January 2022: Dr. Rev. Charles R. Leslie, Jr. He was honored on Jan. 28 at VFW Post 2772 in Sherman, Texas.  

    The Texoma Hero Program was founded by Billy Teague and HOT 107.3 FM in 2015 to recognize local veterans for their continued service to the community after leaving the military. It is also a small way to say ‘thank you’ and pay tribute to all who have and are serving in the armed forces. Dr. Leslie is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

    The Philadelphia native graduated from Germantown High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1973. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1977. He then worked on the Alaskan pipeline. He was owner of a woodworking business, Leslie’s Custom Designs, when he decided to pursue education.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Pastoral Ministries from Alaska Bible College. He moved to Texas in 1986 and earned a Master’s Degree of Theology in Bible Exposition and Urban Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1992. He was awarded, Who's Who of Universities and College.

    He began missionary work in Kenya in 1987. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Global Missions from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky in 2018.

    For the last 35 years, Dr. Leslie’s passion for missionary work has led him to several African countries: Kenya, Cameroon and Burundi; and to Guyana in South America, and Puebla, Mexico.

    He’s done mission work in Uganda for 19 years. Today, as CEO of Mission Global Fellowship, he leads mission teams to Uganda. His focus is to mobilize the body of Christ into missions, while teaching and training.

    Dr. Leslie has pastored for 18 years and taught at Southern Bible Institute & College (Dallas) for 15 years. He led the first mission team from that school. He served on several local boards including Sherman School Board, Dr. Al Hambrick Basketball Foundation, and Sherman Education Foundation.

    He worked for Grayson College in Denison, Texas, as an enrollment and academic advisor and retired after 12 years. He began the college’s outreach and recruitment of African American students along with the retention program (Men of Distinction) for all men at the college. He was responsible for the starting the Black History Program at Grayson College in 2013.

    Dr. Leslie currently serves as the assistant pastor at New Birth Cathedral of Praise. He serves as VP of the Sherman Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (SIMA) and serves on several boards, including Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), CAPRO USA (as a mission mobilizer and a board of trustee member), Heart for Ghana Mission and the Grayson Crisis Center in Sherman.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 3:12 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    Isaac RoweIsaac Rowe, a former member of the TABPHE Student Chapter at Texas State Technical College in Waco, was recently honored as the 2021 recipient of the NAACP Austin Branch 56th Annual Dewitty/OvertonFreedom Fund "Outstanding Leadership" Award. 

    Rowe is CEO and founder of The Man In Me, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support men and guide them towards a responsible manhood and fatherhood.

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 9:33 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    William Buster of Asheville, N.C. will provide the keynote address at the TABPHE State Conference on Monday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m.

    This year's conference, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 2, 2022 will be held in Austin, Texas, at the beautiful Kalahari Resorts & Conferences, north of the city. 

    Conference attendees who book rooms in December 2021 can enjoy the popular destination at a special TABPHE room rate of $149

    The African-themed resort includes an indoor waterpark, a variety of eateries and adheres to contemporary safety protocols. It is located within driving distance of the airport, shopping venues, restaurants and Austin city limits. 

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE. 

    William Buster leads the Dogwood Health Trust Foundation’s Education work and Racial Equity investments. He ensures that Dogwood repeatedly lives up to its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. William provides oversight for the Foundation’s grantmaking and program related investment strategies, which includes leading the design, development, delivery and evaluation of Dogwood’s work. He also provides oversight to ensure grants and program related investments match the strategic direction established by the Board and ensure that programs are achieving the desired outcomes.

    Prior to joining the Foundation, William was the Executive Vice President of Community Investments at St. David’s Health Foundation in Austin, Texas. Before that, he was Owner and Lead Consultant for Common-Unity Philanthropic and Nonprofit Advisors. He worked in a variety of positions, including Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs and Advisor to the President on Men and Boys of Color during nine years with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, William was a Program Officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, where his focus included the Appalachian region.

    William holds a Master of Arts in Policy and Practice of Development, University of New Hampshire as well as a BA from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University and an Executive Education certificate in Mastering Negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

    More on William Buster: 

    Video: https://vimeo.com/124993134

    Video: https://fb.watch/8t_tJNJ-4b/


  • 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)


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