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Student : Clayton Wright
Hometown : Memphis, TN
GPA : 3.71
Major / Classification : Political Science / Senior
Clayton Wright was named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar from Philander Smith College.
Clayton is studying political science at Philander Smith College. After earning his bachelors,he plans to attend law school where he will focus on contract, corporate and real estate law.
Mr. Wright is a great example of an Hercules Scholar on campus as he serves as a VP of finance for the SGA, secretary for the Greek Council, a member of the Black Male Initiative Advisory Council, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
The most influential people in Clayton’s life are his parents. He says they “instilled a sense of excellence and work ethic ” in him.
He lives by the motto “the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”
The 4th annual Give. Love. Xavier Day is taking place today until 11:59 p.m.
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President Barack Obama has appointed Marian Wright Edelman, co-founder and longtime president of the Children’s Defense Fund, as a member of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
From 1971 to 1973, she served as Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University. From 1968 to 1973, Ms. Edelman worked as a Field Foundation Fellow and Founder of the Washington Research Project of the Southern Center for Public Policy.
In 1968, Ms. Edelman was a Congressional and Federal Agency Liaison for the Poor People’s Campaign. From 1964 to 1968, Ms. Edelman served as the Director of the Jackson, Mississippi chapter of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Earlier in her career, she served as a Staff Attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York. Ms. Edelman received a B.A. from Spelman College and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.
HOUSTON, May 16, 2016 – Dr. Austin A. Lane has been named by the Board of Regents as the sole finalist to become the 12th president of Texas Southern University (TSU). Lane plans to assume leadership of Texas Southern on or about June 7, 2016, after a Board vote. He replaces Dr. John M. Rudley, who has served as president since 2008.
Derrick Mitchell, chair of Texas Southern’s Board of Regents, said that Lane “embodies the skills necessary to position the University as a destination institution for those seeking an innovative learning process through a stellar curriculum.”
“The Board of Regents engaged in a dedicated and thorough search of outstanding candidates and Dr. Lane was clearly the right man at the perfect time in Texas Southern’s existence,” Mitchell said. “We look forward to receiving the benefit of his strong and progressive leadership to move TSU to the next level in higher education.”
Dr. Lane said, “I want to extend thanks to Regent Mitchell and the entire board for giving me the opportunity to serve Texas Southern University. I believe that we are positioned to take TSU to new heights.”
Dr. Lane said recruitment and enrollment are among his top priorities. He shared a 30-, 60- and 90-day plan with the board that addressed a detailed enrollment strategy. Dr. Lane also celebrated his 45th birthday on the day he was named to the top job at Texas Southern University.
Dr. Lane was managing seven campuses in the Lone Star system, with the smallest location educating 10,000 students. His plan for TSU includes strengthening student recruitment and enrollment, and focusing on retaining students through a four-year graduation plan. Another major priority is keeping TSU strong and independent, and maintaining its stature as a premier HBCU. Dr. Lane plans to maintain his passion for student academic productivity and growth, and wants to produce graduates who will be prepared for the global workplace at the point of graduation.
Lane will bring a strong academic and personal HBCU experience to his presidency at Texas Southern, including an undergraduate degree from Langston University, the only HBCU in Oklahoma. His father- and late mother-in-law both attended Texas Southern. Larry Williams, Lane’s father-in-law, was a TSU student alongside Mickey Leland, the esteemed late Texas congressman. Williams served as best man in Leland’s wedding.
Lane and his wife, Loren, have three children, ages 19, 15 and 9. They are members of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.
Dr. Lane was appointed Executive Vice Chancellor of Lone Star College in January 2015. He was the lead administrator for Academic Affairs, Student Services, Workforce Education, Corporate College, Honors College, International Programs, Strategic Planning and Assessment, and University Centers in The Woodlands and University Park, among a host of responsibilities. He served as the third president of Lone Star College-Montgomery for six years, leading an institution that experienced the fastest growth in Texas and the nation.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Lane graduated from Hackensack High School and attended Odessa Junior College in West Texas on a basketball scholarship. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Langston University, M.A. in human relations from The University of Oklahoma, and Ed.D. in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Lane has been lauded as an innovator and visionary leader, and his career in higher education is marked by a variety of successive leadership roles and professional achievements. Before joining Lone Star College-Montgomery, Dr. Lane served as vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College and was responsible for directing a college-wide strategic enrollment management team that posted the largest enrollment in the school’s history. He developed strategies to enhance the academic and student service reputation of the college. Prior to joining Tyler, he served as the dean of students at The University of Texas at Arlington and was instrumental in planning and overseeing several student success initiatives that were designed to increase enrollment and retention.
Dr. Lane was an adjunct professor in the higher education program at Sam Houston State University and served on the Masters in Higher Education advisory board for the College of Education at SHSU and doctoral advisory board for Southern Methodist University’s College of Education. He was as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington, in the Behavioral and Social Sciences department at Tarrant County College-Southeast Campus and in the higher education program at Sam Houston State University. He served as an on-site reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He has conducted extensive research on traditional-age, low-income, African-American and Hispanic students in Texas that focuses on access to higher education, affordability, need-based vs. merit-based aid, college persistence, and student success.
His community work includes serving on the Amegy Bank Advisory Board, Montgomery County Women’s Center Board of Directors, Rotary Club of The Woodlands and the Texas Diversity Council Board of Directors. He has previously served on the Montgomery County United Way Board as Campaign Chair 2011-12, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe Economic Development Council, and Education for Tomorrow Alliance Board of Directors. He has been recognized as recipient of the 2015 Drum Major Award, 2014 Interfaith of The Woodlands Hometown Hero Honoree, and 2012 Pacesetter of the Year for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
The board named Dr. Rudley as president emeritus and said he will serve as an adviser as long as Dr. Lane agrees.
Texas Southern University (TSU) is a comprehensive, metropolitan institution providing academic and research programs that address critical urban issues, and prepares its increasingly diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. TSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees – organized into 10 colleges and schools on a 150-acre campus nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. The University’s enrollment has a population of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate-school academic candidates. Texas Southern has been a distinguished educational pioneer since 1927, and the University has become one of the most diverse and respected institutions in Texas. TSU has positioned itself as a proactive leader in educating underserved students and many who are the first in their family to attend college.
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Appointee for Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is the President of Howard University, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to becoming the President, Dr. Frederick held several leadership positions at Howard University, including Interim President, Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center, and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences. Before joining the administration at Howard University, Dr. Frederick served as the Associate Director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Director of Surgical Oncology, and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Frederick received a B.S., M.B.A. and M.D. from Howard University.
Janice Bryant Howroyd, Appointee for Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the CEO of ACT-1 Group, an employment and management company that offers a range of services from employee background checks to executive travel management. She founded the organization in 1978. Ms. Bryant Howroyd is an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Initiative, a Board Member of the Department of Labor’s Workforce Initiative Board, and a Member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce. She has also served on the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Board of Directors for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Miles College President George T. French Jr. today announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show that The Calvin C. Singleton Foundation is making a $100,000 donation to his college, the Tom Joyner Foundation’s April “School of the Month”.
This major donation will be used for scholarships for students who are interested in attending Miles College and outstanding scholars currently enrolled at Miles College, a 118-year-old Historically Black College and University located in Fairfield, Ala., just outside of Birmingham.
“Miles College is one of the strongest HBCUs in the country,” said French Jr. on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on 100 stations and reaches a broadcast and digital audience more than eight million listeners every week. “These funds will be used to help students who don’t have the financial means to attend college. We’re so excited about our work with the Tom Joyner Foundation and the gift from the Singleton Foundation.”
Miles, which enrolls nearly 1,700 students, offers 28 Bachelor Degree programs in six academic divisions and employs more than 135 faculty members from around the world.
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. To learn more about the Foundation, go to TomJoynerFoundation.org.