conference on Sustaining HBCU's


8:30am    Opening Session


9:00am - 11:00am  Session II 

Advancing STEM Programs and Sustaining HBCU's

Panel Discussion


11:30 Sustaining HBCU's Classic Luncheon

Cost $30 per Ticket 

$300 per Table 

Limited Space Available

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Meet the Panel

Dr. Kendall T. Harris, Provost & Vice President For Academic Affairs, Texas Southern Panel Facilitator


Dr.  Kendall T. Harris, Provost & Vice President For Academic Affairs, Texas Southern  A licensed professional engineer, Dr. Harris was the Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at  Prairie View A&M University. Under his leadership as Associate Dean, the College implemented the College of Engineering Success Center which focuses on retention by offering supplemental instruction for freshman and sophomore students enrolled in math, science and engineering courses.

He also conceptualized and facilitated a program that partners advisors from each academic department within the college with advisors from the freshman residence complex, University College. This collaboration works through a new freshman course within the College that introduces fundamental engineering, computer science and technology concepts to first-year students.

Dr. Harris has consistently held faculty appointments throughout his tenure as an educator. His external research efforts have garnered more than $10 million in research and program funding. His research interests are in the fields of Heat Transfer, Electronic Package Cooling and Energy Conservation. He has numerous publications and conference proceedings in these areas. Dr. Harris is an active member of the faculty in both academia and in his community. Dr. Harris has worked extensively with youth, encouraging them to pursue college degrees and to major in STEM related fields. He strongly advocates and recognizes that an education is the key factor that separates the “haves” from the “have nots.”

Prior to joining the faculty at PVAMU, Dr. Harris served as Associate Professor and Associate Chairman for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. In this capacity, he managed the departmental budget, curriculum design, fellowships, and scholarships. He graduated from the Naval Aviation Officer School as a U.S. Naval Officer and Aviator. Dr. Harris received his masters and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Mississippi and he holds bachelor degrees from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Paul A. Jones, President of Fort Valley State University


Paul A. Jones, Ph.D. was appointed to served as the 10th President of Fort Valley State University in December 2015. His higher education career spans more than three decades in Colorado, Maryland, Utah and Georgia.

Before leading FVSU, President Jones served two years as interim president at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. Prior to his interim presidential appointment, he served in numerous senior leadership roles at Georgia College & State University (GCSU), including senior vice president for finance and administration, vice president and chief of staff, vice president for institutional research and enrollment management, and several interim roles including interim vice president for academic affairs and president. President Jones was also Professor of Educational Administration at Georgia College.

While serving in various position at GCSU, President Jones played a key leadership role in helping the University transform student experiences. Some of these transformations include: expanding experiential learning opportunities (i.e., undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, civic engagement, and service learning), internationalizing the curriculum, and implementing student success programs that raised student retention rates to the top tier in the University System of Georgia.

Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young Provost and Senior Vice President Morgan State University


Dr, Lesia L. Crumpton-Young is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, she has also been appointed as a tenured full professor of the department of industrial and systems engineering in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering. She will begin her new roles on July 1, 2019.

Dr. Crumpton-Young has had a successful career in higher education that spans 25 years. Currently, she serves as vice president for research and institutional advancement and as 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.

“I am honored to serve as the new provost and senior vice president,” said Dr. Crumpton-Young. “I look forward to working collectively with President Wilson and the outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni as we continue to transform Morgan from great to greater at an accelerated pace!”

Dr, Crumpton-Young earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University, where she holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. She is currently completing an MBA from Tennessee State University.

Tamera Ziglar is Director of Development for the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University



Tamera Ziglar is Director of Development for the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in Greensboro, NC. She brings to the University over 25 years of Sales, Human Resources Development, and Fundraising expertise.  Tamera attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Biology. After working in Research at Mead Compuchem in the Research Triangle Park she moved to Greensboro, where she enrolled in North Carolina A&T and earned a Master’s degree in Human Development.

Following a stint as a Job Placement Counselor in the Guilford County Schools she moved into Training & Development with Ciba-Geigy, then AT&T; and from there went on to start her own consulting company, Timberlake & Associates. She developed and successfully marketed workshops in Team Building, Workforce Diversity and Career Management & Transition. Her clients included AT&T, American Express, Guilford County Schools, Sara Lee Hosiery, and (the former) Reynolds Tobacco, to name a few.

Marketing her portfolio to prospective clients allowed Tamera to successfully transition into Sales and Relationship Management. She spent nearly a decade in Pharmaceutical Sales with Eli Lilly before completing a five year stint at United Way as a Senior Relationship Manager and Fundraiser.

As Director of Development for the College of Engineering Tamera will continue to leverage and expand the College’s portfolio of engaged stakeholders, for the benefit of students, faculty and staff. She is excited to rejoin the Aggie family, and looks forward to a long and productive association with the University.

Derek McGowan, Program Manager for Higher Education Institutions, Global Diversity and Inclusion



Derek McGowan, program manager for Higher Education Institutions, Global Diversity and Inclusion with Lockheed Martin, will be the guest speaker for the opening session during the Conference on Sustaining HBCU's Friday, at the 

McGowan’s primary responsibilities with Lockheed Martin includes managing the multi-million dollar portfolio for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He drives the implementation of diversity and inclusion efforts in STEM programs, student development and recruiting at HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). In this capacity he is responsible for strengthening partnerships and enhancing the diversity pipeline of technical talent. McGowan ensures knowledge sharing, coordination, communication, assessment and enhancement of Lockheed Martin activities associated with HBCUs and MSIs. He also develops strategic plans for key programs while working as a business partner with Lockheed Martin executives, leaders and teams to develop a robust diversity and inclusion strategy and program.

2019 Conference on Sustaining HBCU's Luncheon Keynote

Roderick McLean, Vice President & General Manager for Lockheed Martin's Air Mobility & Maritime Missions Organization

Roderick McLean is vice president and general manager for the company's Air Mobility & Maritime Missions organization. As leader of the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions organization, McLean is responsible for the C-130, LM-100J, C-5 and P-3 programs. He will also serve as the leader for the Marietta, Georgia, facility, and oversee sub-assembly sites in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Meridian, Mississippi. A 25-year Lockheed Martin employee, he most recently led the Integrated Fighter Group. He also previously served as deputy for that group, as well as deputy for the F-16 program. 


Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions that provide the highest quality education to students across the world. Many of the HBCU's were formed before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are more than 100 HBCU's in the United States. *Click the Picture to see a list of HBCU's


It is projected that there will be a shortfall of Engineers and Scientist by 2025. In order to address this issue we must inspire the next generation of students to go into the STEM area. We are currently working to build pipelines to HBCU's that have STEM oriented programs that will help graduates enter into high paying jobs. It is very important that we connect the Upstate Industries with talented graduates that can help industries reach their bottom line.. Many organizations are continuing to address these issues including the National Science Foundation.


Did You Know HBCU's Produce...

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) found in 2014 that 72 percent of Black graduates with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Doctorate earned their undergraduate from a Historically Black College or University.

The 101 public and private HBCUs in the United States enroll nearly 300,000 students. Eighty percent of these students are African American and 70 percent are from low-income families. According to the report, HBCUs produce a total economic impact of $14.8 billion. Every dollar spent by HBCUs and their students generates $1.44 for the local and regional economies.In addition, HBCUs have added 57,868 on-campus jobs and 76,222 off-campus jobs to the local and regional job market.

HBCU graduates working full time can earn an additional $927,000 over their lifetime because of their credential.