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Message from the President

        Founders: Ivory Moore, Erma Johnson-Hadley, Reby Cary


In 1973, the leaders of TABPHE began to call upon all faculty, staff and students to increase awareness of issues facing African Americans in higher education across the state of Texas.  The torch lit by our founders continues to burn brightly today as we honor their legacy prompted by our mission, purpose and practices.  To serve as a voice of Blacks and other ethnic minorities, we must remain steadfast in the task of informing higher education professionals, policymakers and other stakeholders about our concerns.  If “a voice without echo dies,” then new voices must rise to help us persist in paving the way that was ignited over four decades ago. 

The challenges related to access and completion is well documented in our communities, but we must not allow these seemingly perpetual barriers to dictate or cast a shadow over our future.  The TABPHE leadership has taken a course of action that will be influential in changing this culture.  However, we need your support to be demonstrated by getting involved in our statewide initiatives.  Whether you are attending our annual conference, participating in the Town Hall Forums, serving on a committee, supporting your local chapter, or simply donating to the scholarship fund, you are needed.  There are numerous ways you can contribute to our cause as the “struggle continues,” and your ongoing commitment is essential.  In other words, your membership and participation count.  So please join me and the other leaders in TABPHE, as we remain vigilant to uplift our community in the fight against ignorance.

I am truly humbled to serve as the president of this great organization. Although I am inspired by the founders, it is our membership that fuels and fans the flame, which has contributed to TABPHE’s success over the years.  So, let’s keep working together to make a difference for ourselves and for generations that will follow because our very lives depend on it.  I look forward to serving you, and thanks for your service that impacts the lives of people in higher education.



Dr. Connie P. Williams

State President, 2019-2021

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