JACKSON, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the appointment of Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College, to the State Capitol Commission West Tennessee citizen seat. Governor Lee also announced Finance & Administration Commissioner Butch Eley will serve as the commission chairman, filling Stuart McWhorter’s vacancy.

“Dr. Hampton is a thoughtful leader of a respected Tennessee Institution and I am pleased to appoint him to the State Capitol Commission,” said Gov. Lee. “I thank him for accepting this role and his willingness to serve his fellow Tennesseans.”

Since 2014, Dr. Hampton has served as the President of Lane College, a Christian Methodist Episcopal Church affiliated institution. He received his doctorate of higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master’s degree in student personnel services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Arkansas Tech University. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education. Before UALR, Hampton held positions at Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Central Arkansas.

Prior to coming to Lane College, Hampton served in numerous student services capacities at UALR. His most recent appointment at UALR was Vice Provost for Student Affairs. In this position, Dr. Hampton served as the chief student affairs officer and led the student development and student life programs, including judicial affairs, budgetary and administrative services. In addition to working as a higher education administrator, Hampton was a member of the Board of Trustees for Arkansas Baptist College.

More information on the State Capitol Commission can be found here.

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Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean

MEMPHIS, T.N. – The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a four-year historically black college in Memphis, on July 30 announced it has selected Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean to serve as Interim President, effective Aug. 26, 2019.

“Dr. Johnson-Dean’s breadth of educational leadership experience and unique understanding of the inner workings of HBCUs made her stand out as a highly qualified candidate for Interim President,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Selecting Dr. Johnson-Dean to serve in this critical role is just one of the many great strides LeMoyne-Own is making as we push forward in our mission.”

Dr. Johnson-Dean currently serves as executive director of New Leaders – South Region in Memphis. She has also previously served as superintendent in Memphis, Minneapolis and Boston Public Schools.

“It is truly an honor to assume the role of Interim President of LeMoyne-Owen College, an institution with a more than 150-year legacy in Memphis,” said Dr. Johnson-Dean. “As an HBCU, LeMoyne-Owen College continues to play an integral role in education and serving students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers. I am humbled at the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the College, and I look forward to working with faculty, students and community partners in this critical endeavor.”

A permanent president for the College will be determined at a later date. LeMoyne-Owen also recently appointed Dr. Christopher Davis – Pasteur of St. Paul Baptist Church and local community advocate – to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. For more information, visit www.loc.edu.

MEMPHIS, TN – Tickets for the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx football game go on sale this Friday, February 1st. The highly-anticipated game between the long-time rivals Tennessee State University and Jackson State University will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets early. The prices are $53, $38, and $23 plus service charges. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

The Classic30 activities will take place September 11-14. The festivities include the vents fans know and love such as the Classic Tailgate, Classic Parade, and the Classic Fashions and Brunch along with a few extras that will be announced at a later date. According to SHC Founder, Fred Jones Jr., it will be a time to remember.

“For an event like the Southern Heritage Classic to exist 30 years is a blessing. As always, the Classic Football Game is at the center of it all. That’s why we are putting those tickets on sale first,” said Jones. “I am grateful for 30 years of support from our dedicated fans and sponsors. Everyone is invited to come enjoy another fun-filled Southern Heritage Classic.”

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About the Southern Heritage Classic

The Southern Heritage Classic, founded in 1990 by Fred Jones Jr., brings fans from across the U.S. to watch football rivals Jackson State University and Tennessee State University play every September at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The greatness of the Classic rests on how it connects kindred spirits – young and old – in celebration of the beauty of cultural diversity and the richness of the city’s heritage. For tickets and more information, visit www.southernheritagelcassic.com.

MEMPHIS, TN – After more than three hours of lightning delays in Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the Southern Heritage Classic football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State was canceled.

“We went through all the options and checked both of the schedules, and there was no other way to play this game,” said Fred Jones, founder of the Southern Heritage Classic. “The next game between Jackson State and Tennessee State will be in 2019. It’s a very unfortunate situation, and everybody wrestled with the decision.”

According to the Commercial Appeal, Jones and the presidents of both Jackson State and Tennessee State looked into rescheduling the game for Sunday, but the forecast is equally as ominous. The idea of playing the game further down the line was also proposed, but the schedules were too conflicting.

The Southern Heritage Classic released a statement from the founder Fred Jones Jr., which stated the following:

“As you know, inclement weather, which included lightning, caused us to cancel last night’s Southern Heritage Classic football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. The game was initially delayed several hours in hopes that the weather would improve and the teams could play. Unfortunately, that did not happen. This is not only a huge disappointment to the fans but to myself and the Classic staff, both universities, and the many Classic ambassadors (volunteers) who work hard to organize it each year. In our 29 years of hosting the classic, this is the first year the game was not played. Many people still have questions, and we have provided some information that we hope will answer the most pressing ones.

  • The game will not be rescheduled. Conflicting schedules for Jackson State and Tennessee State’s football teams prevent being able to play in 2018
  • Ticket holders who would like a refund can receive it at their point of purchase
  • The next football game between Jackson State and Tennessee State will be played during the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic. We are planning an exciting 5-day celebration that we know the fans will enjoy

We thank everyone who has supported the Southern Heritage Classic throughout the years. Each person is an invaluable part of what has become a time-honored tradition, and we look forward to having that support for many years to come.”

Though Jones stated that fans can receive a refund of their tickets for the game. President Glover and Bynum, however, suggested that ticket holders will use their refund to make financial contributions to the universities instead.

“The discussion is that individuals would recommend that their refund is used to go to Tennessee State or Jackson State universities – two historically black colleges – because HBCUs are in need of financial support,” said Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University. “This would be one way to assist two prominent HBCUs.”

A photo of fans patiently waiting in hopes that the weather clears up to witness another year of HBCU football at the Southern Heritage Classic – Jackson State vs. Tennessee State at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of the Southern Heritage Classic.

The NCAA mandates that after each lightning strike at a certain distance, the game must be delayed for 30 minutes. The Jackson State band and the rest of the fans were asked around 5:15 p.m. The storms in the area prevented anyone from returning to their seats the rest of the night.

The game was officially canceled as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Despite the rain, Classic fans had an amazing time as usual at the tailgate — which is one of the biggest among an HBCU classics. The Classic celebrates historically black universities as well as the Memphis culture. The Classic parade is held in Orange Mound, which is the first residential community for African-American’s in the South. Along with the parade, the Classic with the City of  Memphis Youth Services presents a College and Career Fair which brings representatives from various corporations, colleges and organizations in providing career and college readiness to the youth in the city.

REFUND INFORMATION

Ticket holder’s who wish to receive a refund, can bring their tickets to their point of purchase. Refund information is listed below for each location.

TICKETMASTER

Refunds will be issued beginning Monday, September 10th. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-725-3000.

LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM

Refunds will be issued at the stadium box office Tuesday, September 11th – Thursday, September 13th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. CST. Those who cannot return to the box office, must mail their tickets to the following address to received a refund:

Pat Agnew
c/o Southern Heritage Classic
4466 Elvis Presley Blvd., Ste. 248
Memphis, TN 38116

For more information, contact the Southern Heritage Classic at 901-398-6655 or 1-800-332-1991.

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY TICKET OFFICE

Refunds will be issued beginning Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, contact the Jackson State University Ticket Office at 601-979-2420.

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY TICKET OFFICE

Refunds will be issued beginning Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, contact the Tennessee State University Ticket Office at 615-963-5841.

Save the date for the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic September 11-15.

For more information, visit the Southern Heritage Classic website at www.southernheritageclassic.com.

JACKSON, TN – Lane College, a historically black college, located in Jackson, Tennessee announces ‘A Different World’ Actress Jasmine Guy as 2018 Homecoming Parade Marshal.

According to an press release by the university, Lane college is pleased to announced actor/dancer/director Jasmine Guys as the 2018 Lane College Homecoming Parade Marshal. Guy is best known for her portrayal of southern belle Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on the hit television series, “A Different World” from 1987 to 1993. The show, set at the fictional HBCU Hillman College is credited with re-introducing historically black colleges and universities to mainstream America. The Lane College Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, is one of the greatest highlights of homecoming for Jackson and the surrounding areas.

Guy continues to enjoy a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She starred on Broadway in the original productions of “Beehive and Leader of the Pack,” and reprised hit productions of “Grease,” “The Wiz,” and “Chicago” (as Velma Kelly). After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on “A Different World.” She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle.

She will next be seen later this year in “The Christmas Pact,” a Lifetime Original movie. Recently, she was seen as Aunt Nancy in the Syfy series “Superstition,” and as Professor Ella Grace in BET’s “The Quad.” She recently starred in “My Nephew Emmett,” nominated this year for the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), based on the true story of the 1955 murder of 14 year-old Emmett Louis Till in Mississippi.

Her other television performances include: “Melrose Place,” “NYPD Blue,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and “Living Single.” She was also recently seen in episodes of Disney’s “KC Undercover,” reunited once again with “A Different World” co-star Kadeem Hardison.

As a frequent motivational public speaker, Guy is called upon to share her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts.

She has traveled throughout the U.S. and appeared at more than 100 speaking engagements, addressing diverse audiences at colleges, universities, conventions, corporations, affinity groups, churches, high schools and countless charitable and fundraising events.

“I am grateful for my journey. It has been interesting, fun and exhilarating. I’ve learned a lot, but I am still growing, changing, exploring and learning. That’s what makes life truly exciting,” Guy said.

Applications for participation in the Lane College Homecoming Parade are available online at www.lanecollege.edu and on the campus in the J.K. Daniels Building.

NASHVILLE, TN – Fisk University will inaugurate Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D. as the 16th president of the university on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fisk Memorial Chapel.

According to a press release from the university, in Spring 2017, the Fisk University Board of Trustees selected Rome after nearly an eight-month process that involved engagement forums with alumni clubs in multiple states, on-campus faculty and staff forums, and communications with key stakeholders of the university community. Rome began her term as president on July 1, 2017.

Before the presidency at Fisk, Rome served as president of Lincoln University of Missouri from July 2013 – June 2017. With over 20 years in higher education, Rome has served in administrative roles as vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University, vice president for student services at Morehouse College, vice president for campus life at Clayton State University, and assistant vice chancellor for student life and diversity at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. A native of Columbus, GA, Rome holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The investiture ceremony will be a part of a week-long celebration of events, set to run April 3-8, 2018. An abbreviated listing of events is as follows:

Investiture Ceremony
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Fisk Memorial Chapel
1000 17th Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37208
Free and Open to the public

Inauguration Scholarship Gala
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Reception: 7:00pm
Event Begins: 8:00pm
Location: Music City Center | Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom
201 5th Avenue, South
Nashville, TN 37203
Cost: $100.00 – To purchase tickets, please visit https://connect.fisk.edu/inauguration-2018

For more information about the inauguration and the schedule of events, please visit www.fisk.edu/inauguration or contact Willie Jude, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Emerging Initiatives by e-mail at or telephone at 615-329-8595.