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  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:03 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    DR. Roland Smith, JR. receives namesake award from American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

    Please join me and the entire TABPHE State Board in congratulating our very own Dr. Roland B. Smith, Jr. on both a leadership award being named in his honor and his being named the first recipient of the award.  The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) surprised Dr. Smith at their national conference (virtual) opening session.  Indeed, a high honor!  Any congratulatory remarks can be sent to Roland at rbsmith@rice.edu.

  • Thursday, April 01, 2021 12:29 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    TABPHE Mourns the Loss of a Former State President

    After a brief illness, Pearlene “Pearl” Conyers transitioned to be with our Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2021, while resting quietly at her home in San Antonio.  During the 1990s, Pearl served the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) honorably as a member of the San Antonio Chapter, President of the San Antonio Chapter and a TABPHE State Board Member. In 1999, she was voted to serve as President-Elect of our association, and in 2001, she ascended to TABPHE state presidency and served in that capacity until 2003.

    Pearl spent her life as a devoted Christian and active church member. Professionally, Pearl was a counselor and Director of Counseling at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the longest serving members of the St. Philip’s family, having worked at the institution for 40 years. Current TABPHE State President Dr. Alexander Okwonna asks that all TABPHE members join with the TABPHE State Board in praying for the Conyers family. Pearl Conyers’ loving spirit will be missed by all.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 4:54 PM | Christal-Joy Turner, M.Ed.

    Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education

    A Message from Our President

    As an organization, the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) stands against brutality of any kind.  We stand against brutality of the human spirit, brutality against Black people and especially police brutality. We are saddened and angered about not only those publicized killings and injuries of Black people in police custody, but also by those instances where there is no known report or witness.   We are disturbed by the many instances of severe mistreatment of Black men and women by the very entity that is supposed to protect and serve. Instead, some police are conducting themselves as entities determined to maim and kill.  Proper tactical training of police officers does not matter if any police officer sees Black people as a threat through his or her racist eyes.

    Throughout America’s history, so many people of color have not been able to reach their potential because of racism and hatred. What we have witnessed with the most recent deaths of Black people at the hands of police is the appalling evidence of systemic racism at its worst. This cannot continue.

    We send our condolences and words of comfort to families and friends who have lost loved ones to police brutality and the brutality of American citizens. TABPHE stands for the pursuit of justice in your losses.

    TABPHE asks all Americans to recognize and acknowledge our critical obligation to vote in upcoming elections. We need to march and protest, but we also need to VOTE!  America has a history of racism and hatred toward others, especially people of color.  A people cannot be healed until they realize they are sick. America cannot be healed until we all recognize racism and work toward its eradication.

    Connie P. Williams, Ph.D.

    President, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education

    Dr. Connie P. Williams

  • Thursday, October 05, 2017 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    We encourage you to submit a workshop proposal so that your colleagues may benefit from your knowledge and insight.

    Proposals must be received by December 31, 2017. The limited number of workshop opportunities may necessitate an earlier deadline, so please submit your proposal as soon as possible. Selected presenters will be notified by January 15, 2018.  Get those proposals in!


  • Friday, February 19, 2016 9:28 PM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education 43rd Annual State Conference marks election year for the At-Large seats of the TABPHE Board of Directors. Nominations are now being accepted! TABPHE is looking for dedicated individuals to serve, lead and enhance our mission. Board Directors are the leadership for the organization, are responsible for managing the affairs of the state association and are empowered to make routine decisions. Nominees must be a paid state member and willing to serve.  Please see "Duties and Responsibilities”  below before nominating. 


    • responsible for managing the affairs of the Association and is empowered to make routine decisions for the Association
    • Serve as a core individual for committee and taskforce assignments
    • serve as at-large generalists who represent the membership and provide a broader perspective on the day-today management of the Association and Board activities
    • convene to conduct four (4) face-to-face meetings per year
    • participate in monthly conference calls


    • must be willing to serve a 2 year term (2016-2018)
    • must be an active state member for at least 2 years
    • a member cannot be nominated for, nor serve, more than two consecutive terms in a given position

    For a list of complete duties, please view the state constitution

    A slate of eligible members will be presented to the paid membership at the 43rdAnnual TABPHE State Conference Business Meeting held on March 3-5, 2016 in Ft. Worth, TX.  Voting will take place immediately following the business meeting.Winners will be announced at the conference banquet. 

    Please submit your nominations to Shaniqua Neal, TABPHE Nominating Committee Chair, 2016 at shaniquaneal@dcccd.edu by Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 5pm.

  • Monday, June 08, 2015 2:38 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    Greetings TABPHE Family!

    We are currently redesigning our websites to better serve you and the students, staff and faculty all over the state of Texas!

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

    -Bruce August

    Public Relations Committee Chair

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