TABPHE Brings Charter Back to the University

The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) recently established a charter at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The TABPHE will provide a statewide connection for a diverse, multicultural workforce to learn, share, direct, lead and influence the educational system as well as provide a support network for students of African American descent in higher education, student enrollment, retention, tutoring and networking.

The new charter will be overseen by officers Willie Edwards, president; LaVelle Hendricks, vice president for membership; Julia Ballenger, vice president for public relations; Chris Myers, vice president for programs; Allan D. Headley, treasurer; Kriss Kemp-Graham, secretary and Nate Templeton, parliamentarian.

“We are very pleased to have the TABPHE’s chapter return home to A&M-Commerce,” said Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, vice president of membership for TABPHE at A&M-Commerce and associate professor of psychology, counseling and special education. “Ivory Moore saw the need to establish such an organization to give African Americans across the state of Texas an outlet to network and share the best practices for meeting the needs of a changing culture on university campuses.”

The TABPHE was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1973 after several representatives from state and private institutions met to discuss concerns for African Americans in higher education. The organization was founded by Ivory Moore, the first African American administrator at East Texas State University and the TABPHE’s first president, along with Erma Johnson Hadley from Tarrant County College, and Reby Cary from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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