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Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young appointed as the 13th President of Texas Southern University

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX — Following confirmation vote, the Texas Southern University Board of Regents unanimously chose Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young as TSU's 13th president. Dr. Crumpton-Young will begin her new position at TSU on July 1.

“Dr. Crumpton-Young is the leader TSU needs to usher in a new era of greatness. Her vision for TSU will shift our graduates forward on the path toward even greater academic excellence,” said Albert H. Myres, Sr., chairman of TSU’s Board of Regents.

Dr. Crumpton-Young, a seasoned senior administrator, executive and tireless student advocate, was selected as the sole finalist after a nationwide search. She will take over for Kenneth Huewitt, who has been serving as TSU's interim president since April 2020.

Dr. Crumpton-Young has a distinguished academic career, most recently as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

A native of Texas, she has held positions of teaching and senior leadership at Tennessee State University, the University of Central Florida, Texas A&M University and Mississippi State University. She was a program director in the National Science Foundation's Education and Human Resource Directorate, and she received President Barack Obama's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) in 2010.

Her leadership at Morgan State resulted in more cutting-edge research, scholarship and creative activity. She initiated new hiring strategies to diversify faculty, introduced and expanded participation in in-demand academic fields and led initiatives to secure seven-figure transformative gifts to support student and faculty success, as well as increased diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Crumpton-Young received a bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee State University. She is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in engineering.

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