WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Fayetteville State University (FSU), Texas Southern University (TSU) and Virginia State University (VSU) have been chosen to participate in a pilot high school-to-college scholars program in a joint initiative of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Strada Education Network, the two organizations have announced.

“Seeing our program expand into HBCUs through this investment from Strada to TMCF will no doubt create a multiplier effect where these scholars transform into business leaders making a significant impact in our communities,” said Fleischer.

According to an press release from TMCF, Strada is providing a three-year, $1.8-million grant to creat the TMCF Fleischer HBCU [historically Black colleges and universities] Scholars Program, which is modeled after the Fleischer Scholars Program established in 2009 by entrepreneur Morton Fleischer, to help academically promising students from economically fragile backgrounds. Dr. Harry L. Williams, the TMCF President and CEO, hailed the new program as “a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools” that will “provide the pilot schools with tools and technology to bolster recruitment efforts and hopefully achieve the same level of success as the original Fleischer program.”

The program will begin next summer and bring 50 rising high school seniors to a “boot camp” at each of the university sites, involving potentially 450 students total by the end of the pilot, said Williams. The hope is that the program will succeed, and with help from funders, expand to include all 47 schools that are part of TMCF, Williams said.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO at Thurgood Marshall College Fund

“We see this groundbreaking program as a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools,” he said.

The new initiative dovetails with Strada’s mission to support and scale student success programs that help prepare students to pursue successful career paths, said the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Bill Hansen. He predicted that the scholars program will “build on the impressive success of the Fleischer program and replicate it to benefit thousands more high school students in their transition to attend our country’s leading HBCUs.”

Dr. Austin Lane, president of Texas Southern University, called his school’s participation in the pilot program an honor. “It gives TSU a unique opportunity to serve first-generation, underrepresented students in our area,” said Lane. “We will showcase what college is all about and introduce them to the finest examples of entrepreneurship and business in the Houston area. We will partner with the Houston Independent School District and other feeder institutions to identify the most promising young scholars to participate.”

“Most important,” he added, “this program allows TSU to help create future leaders while, at the same time, introducing them to one of the largest and most vibrant HBCU campuses in the nation.”

The new scholars program isn’t the first time TMCF and Strada have come together. In the past, Strada has supported the TMCG scholarship program and leadership institute, and the latest collaboration is the fruit of discussion that began several years ago, said Daryl Graham, Strada’s senior vice president of philanthropy.

Strada promotes innovate collaborations that help underserved students achieve college access and career success, he said, and the evolving missions and strategies of both Strada and TMCF are aligned in that regard.

“We wanted more opportunities in partnership with an organization that we felt very comfortable with,” said Graham. “This was a great fit for us and for them.”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Council of Presidents has announced that Dr. Charles McClelland will become the sixth SWAC Commissioner in league history since the conference began in 1920.

According to an official press release, McClelland has served the past 17 plus years at the helm of two SWAC member institutions – Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Southern University since April of 2008 and the prior seven years as Athletics Director at Prairie View A&M University. McClelland will succeed the role from Edgar Grant, who has served the role of Interim Commissioner since December 31, 2017.

Chairman of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Dr. Andrew Hugine, thanked Mr. Grant for his dutiful and steady leadership during the transition period. He further stated that the Council is looking forward to working with Mr. McClelland as SWAC charts a new course in athletic and scholarly excellence for the conference.

Among the job duties entailed, the Commissioner shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference and report to the Conference Council of Presidents & Chancellors of the member institutions. The Commissioner will work with the Council, Athletic Directors, and other key athletics administration staff of each member institution to create initiatives and strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the Conference.

“As a young person growing up in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, it’s a good feeling to be named commissioner,” said Dr. McClelland. “To have an opportunity to lead this conference in this era is overwhelming. I’ve been at Texas Southern University for 10 years and met a lot of friends. TSU is like family. I’m sad to close that chapter, but I’m excited to open a new one.”

A native of Jackson, Miss., Dr. McClelland earned his doctoral degree in higher education administration at Texas A&M University in 2001. A 1993 graduate of Prairie View A&M University, McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 1997 received an MBA from Prairie View.

McClelland’s extra-curricular affiliations include membership in the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Lambda and the National Association of Black Accountants.

McClelland is a former member of the NCAA Leadership/Management Council. One of the highest ranking councils in the NCAA, the Leadership/Management Council is responsible for establishing direct general policy, the strategic plan for the NCAA and advises the board of directors on administrative bylaws and regulations.

He is also a past president of the Houston Touchdown Club and has served on the board of directors. Previously, McClellland served as chairman of the SWAC Council of Athletics Directors, a position he had held for 10 years.

McClelland is married to Ashlee McClelland and is the father of two sons, Cainan and Ashton and one daughter, Cooper.

HOUSTON, TX – GRAMMY Award-winning Gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, will address graduates at Texas Southern University’s Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 9:30 p.m. in the Health and Physical Education Arena on campus.

According to a press release by the university, Adams has claimed five GRAMMY Awards and a host of Stellar, Dove and NAACP Image Awards during her 29-year career. She has earned other accolades from Billboard, BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), BET (Black Entertainment Television), as well as American Music and Soul Train Music Awards. Adams has recorded numerous Gospel Hits, including Be Blessed, Open My Heart, The Battle is the Lord’s, Hold On, Be Still, Continuous Praise, and many others.

“It is an honor and privilege to encourage our fall graduates on their special day. To graduate from a university is an undertaking that requires skill, discipline and perseverance until the desired outcome is met. I am proud to officially speak hope and positivity into their dreams,” Ms. Adams said.

Adams graduated from Texas Southern in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She went on to serve as an elementary school teacher in her native Houston before starting an illustrious music career in 1988.

Melinda Spaulding Chevalier

HOUSTON, TX – Fox 26 KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier wrapped up a 13 year career and said goodbye to television news as the Texas Southern University Board of Regents unanimously confirmed her as the new Vice President of University Advancement during their quarterly meeting on August 18. Spaulding, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will direct the university’s marketing, communications, development and alumni relations departments.

“We are elated to have a dynamic and seasoned professional join our university,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “Melinda’s experiences across the public spectrum in Houston and the region will help TSU raise its profile on a national and global level. Texas Southern is honored to have her join our dedicated administration and the Tiger family.”

According to mikemcguff.com, Friends and family gathered for a goodbye party to celebrate all things Melinda at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Texas, on Friday, the same day the board named her to the position at TSU.

Spaulding was a member of KRIV-TV/Fox 26 news team for 13 years, co-anchoring the prime-time evening and night new broadcasts. She was a reporter and anchored morning updates at WGNO-TV, the ABC news affiliate in New Orleans. She was awarded an Emmy for Best Spot News Coverage and named Best Spot News Reporter for her work at WGNO by the regional Associated Press. Spaulding started her journalism career in New York as a member of the launch team for Entertainment Weekly Online and as the first editor-in-chief of Essence Online. She went on to become a writer and morning news producer at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, winning the Best News Writing award from the regional Associated Press, according to a press release from the university.

“It was a pleasure to have her working here, watch her grow and mature into a wonderful young woman who became one of our anchors, but also it’s wonderful to know she cam her to Houston not only to grow her career, but also meet her husband, Felix, and has two lovely children at this point.” said station VP/General Manager D’Artagnan Bebel.

Spaulding is a native of New Jersey and is a graduate of Howard University. She is a former board member of Family Houston and served on the advisory board for Pro Vision, Inc., an open-enrollment charter middle and high school in the Sunnyside community. She started the Dream Journal Academy to provide journals to area school children so they can write about their passions and dreams to bolster their education and personal aspirations.

Spaulding and her husband, Felix Chevalier, are the proud parents of a daughter, Landon and a son, Felix, II.

HOUSTON, TX  –  Texas Southern University Board of Regents has named Austin A. Lane, who will served as the next university president.

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Dr. Austin A. Lane, vice chancellor at Lone Star College. Photo: Lone Star College

Lane served as vice-chancellor at Lone Star College with experience driving up enrollment. He currently helps run  a college system with seven campuses, served as president of Lane Star’s Montgomery campus for six years, from 2009 to 2016. Full-time enrollment at the school grew by 20 percent during that time to just more than 12,000 students.

The number of degrees awarded at the campus nearly doubled during his tenure, from 538 in 2009 to 1,016 in 2015, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Lane will succeed President John Rudley, who has led the school since 2008 and plans to step down in August.

During his tenure, Dr. Rudley has raised admissions standards, found ways to fund construction including a new dorm despite cuts in state funding, and pushed for other university improvements. Despite those successes, Rudley has butted heads with regents in recent months and the faculty senate passed a vote of no confidence in him.

According to source, despite the tension with regents and faculty, the university presented Rudley with a medal honor at the TSU graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Source: http://www.chron.com/about/article/Texas-Southern-University-picks-new-president-7517242.php