Lesia L. Crumpton-Young Selected as the Next President of Texas Southern University

Lesia L. Crumpton-Young was selected as the sole finalist for the presidency of Texas Southern University in Houston. Under Texas law, appointments must go through a 21-day public vetting period before they can become official.

Historically Black Texas Southern University enrolls just over 7,000 undergraduate students and just under 2,000 graduate students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 82 percent of the undergraduate student body.

“I’m honored to be considered by the full Texas Southern University Board of Regents as the sole finalist for the next president,” said Dr. Crumpton-Young. “TSU is a vibrant and treasured institution filled with legacy, excellence, and promise. It will be an honor and privilege to serve.”

Since 2019, Dr. Crumpton-Young has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She also was a tenured full professor inf the department of industrial and systems engineering in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Crumpton-Young was vice president for research and institutional advancement and chief research officer at Tennessee State University. She has previously held leadership roles at the University of Central Florida, Texas A&M University, Mississippi State University, and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Crumpton-Young earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, all from Texas A&M University. She holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at Texas A&M.

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  1. Why does it appear that HBCUs are in the business of rewarding poor administrative performance as in this hiring of Crumpton-Young. Crumpton-Young was a marginal administrator while at Morgan State University at best. Many from the Morgan community believed she should have never been hired for numerous reasons.

    • If you were part of Texas Southern’s hiring committee, you should have made your objections known with evidence. Otherwise, that’s two different institutions of higher education believing this person’s credentials earned her the job when compared to the other candidates (from dozens to hundreds, to a short list between 2-4 more in most cases that go to interview). That’s how this works. Were you in the run for either position? Are you at that professional level? Because comment after comment you simply come across as an MSU dropout who blames Morgan for “reasons” and waits for anything to be published to find an angle to trash it.

  2. Quite a while ago, a little birdie told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say a thing. It was useful advice then and still applies. Be well and be blessed!

    • Hey Imannii,

      Spare me with your neoliberal gibberish. It’s quite apparent your “little birdie” is just as clueless you are when it centers around telling the truth. People such as yourself are one of the main reasons why HBCUs Have Not made the collective advancement. Imanii, I just bet you have a long track record of poor administrative performance as well.

  3. Here’s hoping for the best! I’ve seen marginal administrator at one institution become phenomenal at another institution.

    • Hey Hampton,

      You must have a useless doctorate degree in the social sciences based upon your misguided comment. In my view, people like yourself are part of the ongoing problem with HBCUs dysfunction. In other words Hampton, stop condoning poor performance even if the person is your friend or belong in your so-called Black “do nothing” Greek organizations. Comprende!

  4. Oh Michael, what a useless self-righteous atmosphere of nothingness you bring to any Morgan news. One has to wonder what your accomplishments are that you need to criticize anything and everyone. How transcendental your influence must be…

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