Friday, February 9, 2018

Dr. Corey Bradford is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Prairie View A&M University. Patrons are asked to confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net so that we may adequately provide for you.

Bradford, who joined the university in July 2011 will share his experiences and provide vital information to the current projects and future development underway at the university. As part of his duties Bradford ensures PVAMU’s fiscal responsibility through cultivating revenue sources through new, innovative ways with an interest in research. Since his appointment, Dr. Bradford is credited with constructing a very impressive portfolio that has reached various facets of the university. Some of his accomplishments include:

• Increasing the financial health of PVAMU; established fiscally sound practices that have resulted in increasing cash reserve balances totaling over $170 million (record high)

• Led initiatives to bring about greater economic development activities and job creations such as the construction of the Panther Plaza Retail Center, increased minority contractors/firms doing business with the University; and worked closely with the Waller County Economic Development Council and Texas HWY 36A project to spur on local development; PVAMU’s total annual economic impact on the state of Texas was estimated around $700 million per year

• Helped to secure $30 million in additional research funding from TAMUS Chancellor Research Initiative and Research Development Fund

• Supported new campus initiatives from internal reallocations of annual cost savings; examples include: Leadership PVAMU, COMPASS retention program, Chinese Confucius Institute, additional summer bridge programs, increased scholarships, increased minimum wage, and student withdrawal insurance, etc.

• Oversaw a successful HUB vendor program, which ranked in the top 10 in Texas among all state agencies in doing business with minority vendors

• Provided executive leadership in updating the new University Strategic Plan for 2016-2021.

The St. Louis native has an established career in higher education. Prior to PVAMU he served as assistant vice president for financial and administrative affairs and ethics officer at the Southern Illinois University System. Prior to that post, Bradford was the assistant to the vice president for planning and budget and budget analyst for the SIU System. During his time with the SIU System, he played a role in securing $3 billion in state appropriations.

Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Studies and a master’s in Applied Math and Statistics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received an educational certificate from the Harvard Institute for Management Development and earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Bradford is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the American Mathematical Society, the SIU Alumni Association and the SIUE Alumni Association.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.

Members of the community are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.

Ash Wednesday is on Valentines Day

Traditionally, February 14 is recognized solely as Valentine's Day, one when love is shared with the giving of roses, chocolate and even wedding proposals. However, this year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th with a different emphasis and commitment. A time to reflect and share our thanks, for this time that we remember the greatest sacrifice.

How appropriate that the holiday that is symbolized with a heart is the day that we remember our own mortality and the loving sacrifice that God made for us.

One is the romantic love that we associate with Valentine’s day, but the other is the greatest love; the love of the Father for us, so great was the sacrifice, the beloved Son given as a sacrifice for us.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street, Prairie View invites the members of the community to share in the imposition of Ashes at its service on February 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church.

As the lenten season begins, let us look into our own hearts and ask – What kinds of sacrifices can I make to extend the love of God to everyone? Let today be the day you give up who you have been for who you can become.

May God be with us all.

Adapted from: http://www.pineridgefellowship.com/2018/01/03/ash-wednesday-is-february-14th/

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dr. Willie F. Trotty is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Dr. Willie F. Trotty, former vice president for research, Dean of the graduate school, and professor of educational leadership at Prairie View A&M University. Please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Dr. Trotty Prairie View A&M University in 1977 in the Univerity's Teacher Corp Program and held several positions most recently as vice president for research, dean of the graduate school, and professor of educational leadership at Prairie View A&M University. At the state and national levels, Dr. Trotty served as a member of the board of directors of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA) in Washington, D.C., Councilor and a Trustee of the Texas A&M Research Foundation, member of the Texas Medical Center Council of Research Directors. He is a past president of the Association of Texas Graduate Schools (ATGS) and the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS).

Dr. Trotty, received the B.S. degree (1970) in biology and political science and the M.S. degree (1972) in biology and secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He received the Ph.D. degree in educational administration and industrial management from Purdue University in 1977. In 1995, he completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program (Class XIII) at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School Of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas. In December of 2004, Dr. Trotty was a Fulbright Scholar at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Trotty has made numerous professional presentations and authored numerous funded proposals to support teaching, research, and service at Prairie View A&M University. He chaired the 1990 University Self-Study Committee for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation. He led the Prairie View A&M University team that won an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) that allowed the university to complete task orders totaling approximately three million dollars.

Under his leadership, the University’s research expenditures averaged $11.9 million per year. Dr. Trotty played a major role in organizing and directing the University’s capital campaign; “Extend the View, Shape Tomorrow Today.” The campaign added over $32 million in new funds, equipment, and software to the university.

The Purdue Education Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Purdue University College of Education selected Dr. Trotty as the recipient of the 2001 Alumni Award of Distinction for outstanding leadership in higher education and dedication to excellence in teaching, research and service. He also received awards and commendations from the Houston Teachers Association, the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools, the Defense Information Systems Agency, NASA Johnson Space Center, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and others.

Dr. Trotty is active in his community. He served on the board of directors of the Community Artist Collective and currently serves on the Wheeler Avenue Inter-City Visions board. He is a founding member of the Prairie View Kiwanis Club (no longer operational) and the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Scout Troop 242 Venture Crew.

He is a member of the diaconate at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas where Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby is Senior Pastor, Rev. Alexander E. M. Johnson is Associate Pastor, and Rev. William A. Lawson is founding pastor emeritus. Dr. Trotty is married to Dr. Sarah A. Trotty, former associate Professor of Art at Texas Southern University. They have three children (Laurette Marion, Willette Francine and William Martin) and three grandchildren (Sydney, Alfred, and Symone).

We are delighted to have you join us for a great fellowship and breakfast. We encourage you to invite and bring a friend too! As usual, you will have an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions and make comments on issues that you feel are important to enhancing the quality of life in the community.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, January 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.

Members of the community are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chief Keith Jemison is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker for the breakfast is Dr. Keith Jemison, Chief of Police at Prairie View A&M University. We ask the attendees to please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Dr. Jemison was named the Chief of Police in July of 2017. He previously served as Assistant Police Chief with the Missouri City Police Department (MCPD) from 2011-2107. Prior to this, he served as the Chief of Police of another Texas law enforcement agency. During his tenure at MCPD, he was in command of the Police Administration Bureau which includes the Support Services Division and the administrative Services Division both headed by a Captain. The Support Services Division consisted of Records, Crime Analysis, Dispatch, Facilities and the joint Missouri City and Sugar Land radio system. The Administrative Services Division consisted of Budget, Professional Standards & Internal Affairs, Training & Professional Development, Grant Management, Accreditation & Recognition, Crime Prevention & Community Programs, as well as Recruiting, Hiring and Background Investigations, and Code Enforcement.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Chief Jemison holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri with Cum Laude honors, a Master's degree in Political and Justice Studies from Governor's State University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a concentration in Public Safety from Governor's State University as well. Chief Jemison holds a Master Peace Officer certification through the state of Texas.

In addition to having been an Adjunct Professor for several local colleges and universities and teaching at police academies, Chief Jemison is a graduate of the Senor Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)Session #50, the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session #329, the FBI Regional Command College, Penn State University's Police Executive Development (POLEX), and the FBI LEEDA Executive Management Trilogy. Chief Jemison carries several instructor level certifications including, Firearms Instructor, Crisis Intervention Instructor, FBI Instructor, General Police Instructor, and is a certified Police Forensic Investigative Hypnotist. 1112015, Chief Jemison was honored to have been accepted to and graduated from Harvard University's Senior Leaders in State and Local Government program.

Chief Jemison is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). In addition to these memberships, Chief Jemison serves on the training advisory board of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy and has served as a keynote speaker at various events.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Monday, December 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.

You are also invited to fellowship with us in our Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Prairie View Icon - Dr. John Williams passes

Dr. John H. Williams, Jr., departed this life on November 24, 2017. A Christian MemorialServices are set for December 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St' Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 800 Fm 1488, Hempstead, Texas 77445. Burial for Dr. Williams will be in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Dr. Williams was born in Houston, Texas on December 5, 1921 to John H. Williams, Sr. and Barbara Roquemore Williams, the first of three children, he was preceded in death by his father, mother and sisters, Ellie (Sue) Mathis and Dr. Hortense W. Dixon, his devoted wife, Thelma E. P. Williams, of 63 years, and his daughter, Johnetta O. Williams. He is survived by two daughters and one son, Barbara W. Pitts, Christal B. Pradia, John H. Williams, III, four grandsons, Lloyd, III, John, IV, Jason, Joseph, and one great-grandson, Jayden.

He graduated from Hempstead Public Schools. He did his undergraduate work and his Master’s Degree at Prairie View A&M University, and began his professional career as a teacher and coach in Brookshire, Texas, and later became high school principal in Cameron, Texas. He entered the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland during the summer of 1955 as the first minority in the graduate school to pursue his terminal degree (Ph.D.).

He left Texas in 1958 to accept an appointment to the Washington, D.C. Unemployment Compensation Board, recommended by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked with the Washington, D.C. public schools, serving as a teacher for delinquent children, a counselor and assistant principal. He did additional post-graduate study at D.C. Teachers College and George Washington University. He was requested by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to serve on a task force to do research at Bank Street College in New York, N.Y. on curriculum development for integrating schools. In 1967, he left the public schools to enter the Federal Government as the first Employment Policy Officer for Federal Housing Administration developing employment policies for hiring minorities. After a merger of FHA and Housing and Urban Development, he became Deputy Director of Special Personnel Programs at HUD, until asked to go to Indiana and assist in organizing the HUD Indiana State Area Office as the first Director of Administration.

During this time, he served on a White House assignment by President Lyndon Johnson to develop recruitment policy for minority college graduates to enter Federal Service. He served on the Parade Review Committee for the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and President J.F. Kennedy’s Committee for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, and was listed in Who’s Who in government.

During his tour of duty in Indiana, he was awarded his terminal degree at the University of Indiana. He remained in Indiana for three years, and returned to the staff of Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity as a Fair Housing Examiner until retirement.

He returned to his native state of Texas in 1980 and became involved in investigation of abused and neglected children. In 1981, he began the development of the first juvenile program in Waller County, Texas which was started with one person and a budget of $15,756 and grew to a staff of 16 and a budget of near $300,000, as Director of that program. Later, he retired to become President of Williams and Williams Consultant firm.

He has been active in the Urban League, N.A.A.C.P. and served on the statewide select committee to remove children from adult jails in Texas for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the National Citizen Participation Council. He is a veteran of WWII, a member and past chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for G.G.A.C. and severed as Vice Chairman for the Statewide Advisory Board for Texas Commission for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He also served as a member of the University Teachers Center Educational Council at Prairie View A&M University and member of the Local Board of the Selective Service Board for the Texas Region IV for four years. http://www.singletonandsonsfh.com/obituaries/John-Williams-117/#!/Obituary

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ruth Simmons is 8th President of Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Ruth Stubblefield Simmons is officially named the 8th President of Prairie View A&M University as of December 4, 2017.

The Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System unanimously voted Monday to name Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, a nationally recognized leader in higher education, as the 8th president of Prairie View A&M University. Simmons will assume the presidency of Texas’ second oldest public institution becoming the first woman to lead the university in its 140-year history.

Simmons, a Houston native who served as president of Brown University from 2001 to 2012, had been the interim president at Prairie View A&M University since June. Since retiring from Brown, Dr. Simmons had turned down offers to lead other institutions of higher education, but Prairie View A&M University appealed to her because of its history, significance, and mission. Also, her brother attended the university.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said he is pleased to see such a high-caliber scholar and gifted administrator leading the Prairie View campus.

“The Texas A&M University System and Prairie View A&M University are lucky to call Dr. Simmons president of Prairie View A&M,” Chancellor Sharp said. “With administrative experience at a top Ivy League university, a women’s university and a historically black college, Dr. Simmons brings a unique perspective to Prairie View A&M University.”

One of Simmons’ stated goals is to improve the representation of African-Americans in STEM fields.

Simmons taught French and Africana Studies at Brown. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, and has also served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College. Additionally, she was president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college.

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University. Simmons is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of Texas Instruments, Chrysler, Mondelez, and Square, as well as a number of non-profit boards. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor.

To learn more about Prairie View A&M University,visit www.pvamu.edu.

Media Contact: Candace Johnson Phone: 936-261-1566 or 281-746-5444 Email: cajohnson@pvamu.edu

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Former Spelman Prexy Cole is PVAMU Commencement Speaker

Commencement day is one of the most important days in the life of the college graduate and one to be remembered for a lifetime. What makes it more memorable if you can be inspired from the speaker who is noteworthy or with a short and lively speech.

Well the graduating class of Prairie View A&M University will get that opportunity when Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole will deliver the keynote address at the University’s 25th Fall Commencement on for December 16.

Dr. Cole, anthropologist, educator and museum director, made history in 1987 when she was named the president of Spelman College, the first African American woman to lead the country’s oldest historically black women’s university. During her tenure at the college, she was credited with increasing enrollment, spearheading a highly successful $113 million capital campaign and raising the national academic profile of Spelman. “Johnnetta Cole has inspired legions of students who see in her example the possibility of making a meaningful contribution while holding true to one’s values. Widely admired throughout the world, she is an outstanding model for our students,” said Ruth Simmons, president-elect of Prairie View A&M University.

Coming straight out of Jacksonville, Florida, Cole entered Fisk University at age 15 to pursue her college degree. After early admission to that university, Cole transferred to and graduated from Oberlin College in 1957. After earning her master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Northwestern University, she held teaching positions at several universities including Washington State University; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and Hunter College where she was a professor of anthropology and director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Cole completed a decade of services at Spelman and left that post to teach at Emory University. She soon left there when the call came to become president of Bennett College where she led another successful capital campaign. Most recently, Dr. Cole has served with distinction as director of the National Museum of African Art. Johnnetta Cole has received numerous honors over her storied career, including becoming the first woman elected to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the first African-American chair of the board of United Way of America and the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees to name a few.

Cole also provided service in the governmental sector when she was appointed by President-elect Bill Clinton's transition team for education, labor, the arts and humanities in 1992. He also considered her for the Cabinet post of Secretary of Education. But when The Jewish Daily Forward reported that she had been a member of the national committee of the Venceremos Brigades, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation had tied to Cuban intelligence forces, Clinton did not advance her nomination.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the William “Billy” J. Nicks Sr., Building. Tickets are required for admission. For those unable to attend, a live webcast will be available on the PVAMU website.

Designated an institution of “the first class” in the Texas Constitution, Prairie View A&M University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses, and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through seven colleges and the School of Architecture.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vince Yokom is the Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church is hosting its monthly program November 18, 2017 in the Parish Hall of the church located @ 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View, Texas. The breakfast will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Mr. Vince Yokom, Executive Director of the Waller County Economic Development Partnership. All men of the community are invited to participate in the fellowship and free breakfast. Please call 936-857-3732 or write: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Mr. Yokom holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice from North Carolina State University a MBA from Texas A&M University. He is a businessman personified having served as President of Instrux (computer training and instructional design) Garage Door Services of Houston and the Waller Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, the county has amassed more than 1.14 billion in accumulated taxable value for Waller County.

After his appointment to the Waller County Economic Development Partnership in 2003, he has helped land over 3000 jobs to the Waller County area. Some of his high profile projects include the recent Amazon distribution facility, Goya Foods, Weatherford Industries and Houston Executive Airport to expand with 72 million in aircraft. To date, the estimated tax revenue to the county is just over 8 million dollars.

Yokom holds membership in several organizations to include the Greater Houston Partnership, Prairie View A & M University College of Business Advisory Board, and the HGAC Gulf Coast Economic Development Committee. Mr. Yokom has been married for 31 years and has three daughters and six grandchildren.

Members of the community are also encouraged to come out and support the Houston FoodBank Mobile Unit which will be at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on November 13, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. There are no qualifications necessary, and persons may sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons must be present and signed to receive the food.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Prairie View Legend George E. Higgs Passes

Mr. George E. Higgs, President and founder of the Prairie View Chamber of Commerce, the Prairie View Athletic Club and the Hempstead Prairie View Alumni Association, passed away on October 21, 2017.

Mr. Higgs is a native of Ladonia, Texas where he attended elementary and junior high school. He later attended and graduated from Center Point High School located in Pittsburg, Texas. Following high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Japan and Korea from 1950 to 1952. He received an honorable discharge from the service and enrolled in Prairie View A&M College on the G.I. Bill. He later earned the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration.

Upon graduation with the Bachelor’s degree, George began employment with the University in records and food service management. He later received his teaching license and became a mathematics instructor in the Waller Independent School District where he taught at the high school level for Prairie View High School and then Waller High School, following integration. He was later promoted to Assistant Principal at Waller High School and the Federal Programs Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. He also taught part-time at Prairie View A&M University in the Department of Mathematics.

During his teaching era, Mr. Higgs also served as the Treasurer/Manager of the Prairie View Federal Credit Union and was responsible for building the credit union building on University Drive.

His love of his alma mater drove him to become active in the alumni association. Here, he served as President of the PVAMU National Alumni Association and was the first Executive Director. During his tenure spearheaded the establishment NAA life membership drive, enrolling a total of 300 members within the first two month period. He is also responsible for the establishment of the PVAMU National Alumni Association Teacher Education Endowed Scholarship Fund, providing some of the initial funding for the scholarship by donating the proceeds of a retirement dinner held in his honor. Mr. Higgs was personally instrumental in acquiring the Alumni House (national headquarters building) for the NAA in November 1990. He went on to spearhead the drive that paid off the mortgage in May 1996. Mr. Higgs was honored with the Executive Director Emeritus title of the association and the naming of the headquarters in 2001.

Mr. Higgs held memberships and offices in the following: Chairman of the Board, Prairie View Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; member/former treasurer, Hempstead-PV Alumni Chapter; Prairie View Local Alumni; President, Class of 1956; life member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa; and the All Faiths Chapel Advisory Board. Mr. Higgs is also a member of the Mt. Corinth Baptist Church in Hempstead, Texas. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including PVAMU NAA’s most prestigious award, the Prometheus Award (only awarded once, every five years).

He was married to the former Hattie Olivette Jackson (deceased) of Arkansas and from that union they produced two children, Cherie (Calvin Singleton) and Marcus (Amecia Smith), who gave him three grandchildren Carlton E. and Calvin Clinton, III Singleton and Morgan Alicia Higgs. Left to cherish his memory, along with his children and grandchildren, are a host of relatives, friends and colleagues.

Condolences may be sent to: The George E. Higgs Family c/o Singleton & Sons Funeral Home 627 New Orleans St Hempstead, TX 77445 (979) 826-2425

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dr. Ruth Simmons is sole Finalist as PVAMU Prexy

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Ruth J. Simmons as the sole finalist for the position of President of Prairie View A&M University.

Simmons has served as Interim President of Prairie View A&M since July.

“After briefly serving as Interim President of Prairie View A&M University, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons has consented to continue her distinguished career as President. The Board of Regents is pleased to name Dr. Simmons as the sole finalist for the position. She will formally become the eighth President of Prairie View A&M University at the next Board of Regents’ meeting. The Board believes that her appointment represents a continuing commitment to Prairie View A&M University as a member of the Texas A&M University System,” said Charles Schwartz, Chairman of the Board of Regents.

“I knew Dr. Simmons was the right fit to lead Prairie View when we asked her to serve as Interim President,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “I am so excited by the prospect of President Simmons serving our campus for the long-term.”

Simmons is a pioneer in the field of higher education, having the distinction of being the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution. Her impressive background in higher education includes serving as the President of Brown University from July 2001 to June 2012.

Prior to joining Brown University, Simmons served as President of Smith College, where she started the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. Simmons held various positions of increasing responsibility including service as Vice Provost of Princeton University and as Provost of Spelman College; Associate Dean of the Faculty, Princeton University; Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean, University of Southern California; Acting Director of International Programs, California State University – Northridge; Admissions Officer, Radcliffe College and Instructor in French, George Washington University and Interpreter – Language Services Division, U.S. Department of State.

Additionally, Simmons has been appointed to several national boards including: Chairwoman of Advisory Board for 10,000 Women Initiative at The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; Chair of the Holdsworth Center Board; member of the Board of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Independent Director of Square, Inc.; Independent Director of Mondelez International, Inc. and an Independent Director at FCA US LLC. She is a Non-Executive Director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ; and a member of the Council at National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Simmons is currently a member of the Board at Rice University. She formerly served on the Board of Princeton University and is a former Trustee for Howard University. She is a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Simmons received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Dillard University in 1967 and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Simmons holds more than 40 honorary degrees and is chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.

Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists for president at least 21 days before making an appointment. The Board of Regents will meet again to make the appointment. Simmons is expected to be ready to officially start in her new position immediately at that time.

About The Texas A&M University System The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications (979) 458-6425 (512) 289-2782 cell lcopelin@tamus.edu