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Texas Southern University: Office of the Provost: | (713)-313-1137

Texas Southern University: Office of the Provost:| (713)-313-1137


Kendall T. Harris, PhD, P.E., a native of East St. Louis. Ill, was appointed the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in January 2018. Prior to coming to Texas Southern University (TSU), Dr. Harris was the Dean of Engineering at Prairie View A & M University.

As Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Harris serves as the chief academic officer to the University in all matters related to faculty and student affairs. He is also responsible for research enhancement for the University.

Dr. Harris has consistently held faculty appointments throughout his tenure as an educator. His external research efforts have garnered more than $5 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 TSU, 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. Royel M. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Education (Higher Education) within the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is also Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Ed.M. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a cognate in Race and Social Policy from Ohio State. 

Dr. Johnson is a social scientist whose interdisciplinary research aims to improve the educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes of historically underserved and vulnerable student populations in education. He maintains an active scholarly research agenda, addressing important policy- and practice-relevant issues related to college access, equity and success; student learning and development; and impact of college on students, to name a few.  He is co-editor of a forthcoming book on HBCUs, and has authored over 25 scholarly publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports. His work employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches.

The Pennsylvania State University: College of Education:  | (814)-865-2584

The Pennsylvania State University: College of Education: | (814)-865-2584

Prairie View A & M University:   Office of Student Engagement:| (936)-261-1340

Prairie View A & M University: Office of Student Engagement:| (936)-261-1340


Ebony M. Ramsey has been an active proponent for students, diversity and change since her matriculation in college.  She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ebony then went on to pursue a Masters in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Historically Black College in Greensboro, NC and she is a current doctoral candidate in the PhD program in Higher Education & Leadership at Colorado State University looking to graduate in 2019.

Through her student activism, education, and professional experience, she has carved a niche in the fraternal as well as leadership development circles dealing with critical issues and concepts of diversity.  By serving on various committees, writing policy, presenting and challenging the status quo; Ebony has acquired the knowledge and experience that affords her the opportunity to be a resource to others throughout the country.  Ebony has served the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA), for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) just to name a few. Since 2006, Ebony has been heavily involved in giving back through her sorority, she is a member of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ebony currently serves in the capacity of executive director for students at Prairie View A&M University.  She has presented at numerous conferences and continues to serve as a Speaker / Consultant for her own company Events by E. Marie Event Planning and Consulting Firm.  As a Student Affairs Professional, Ebony’s commitment to the holistic development of students is unwavering. She is a change agent and continually works to make every environment better for all who encounter it.


Dr. Fred Bonner II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University.  He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and an esteemed expert in the field of diversity in education. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration & college teaching from the University of Arkansas.  Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundation's Dissertation of the Year Award from the University of Arkansas College of Education. His work has been featured nationally and internationally. He is the author of the recently released book Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline.

Prairie View A&M University in the College of Education:| (979)-393-8585

Prairie View A&M University in the College of Education:| (979)-393-8585

Office of Student Services: | (713)-313-1038

Office of Student Services:| (713)-313-1038


A native of Washington State, Dr. Raphael X. Moffett began his career in student affairs in 2002 as a graduate student working in the Department of Residential Life at Clark Atlanta University. He was inspired by working with college students and made the decision to pursue a career in student affairs. Currently, Dr. Moffett serves as the Vice President for Student Services at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. During the past 15 years, he has gained valuable experience serving in progressive leadership roles at Langston University, Trinity University, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, and Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Moffett is a visionary that is committed to enhancing students’ overall collegiate experience and providing them with skills and tools they will need to succeed post graduation. He is known in the field as being a servant leader who is personable, goal oriented, and values driven. Dr. Moffett focuses on providing students with effective services, innovative programs, and unique developmental opportunities with the intent to help them maximize their potential. His philosophy is that every student has the ability to achieve academic success and personal growth with the proper guidance and support. He is also a staunch advocate for underrepresented populations and has committed to serve at HBCUs in an effort to help Black students pursue higher education.

Dr. Moffett received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Washington State University in 2002. He earned his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University in 2004 and earned his doctorate from Clark Atlanta University in 2008. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with wife and son, visiting relatives, reading, watching and playing basketball, calligraphy, music production, trying new restaurants, and traveling.


Dr. Robert T. Palmer is Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University. His research examines issues of access, equity, retention, persistence, and the college experience of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly within the context of historically Black colleges and universities. Dr. Palmer’s work has been published in leading journals in higher education, such as The Journal of College Student Development, Teachers College Record, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal of College Student Retention, The Negro Educational Review, and Journal of Black Studies, among others. Since earning his Ph.D. in 2007, Dr. Palmer has authored/ co-authored well over 100 academic publications. Dr. Palmer serves as an occasional reviewer for a variety of journals in higher education. Dr. Palmer earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University in 2007, M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis on Higher Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and the B.S. in History at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: | (202)-806-7342   

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies:| (202)-806-7342

Founder/CEO, Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC:

Founder/CEO, Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC:


Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn is Founder/CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC, an educational research firm committed to student success. Most recently, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University. Author of 10 books and more than 200 journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly works, he is one of the nation’s leading experts on student success, diversity issues, and building inclusive workplaces, and campuses where all people feel a sense of belonging.

As a public speaker, Terrell specializes in using edutainment--a smooth blend of research, stories, humor, and music to challenge, educate, inspire, and provoke audiences worldwide. His approach leaves people of all ages, races, and backgrounds, crying laughing, thinking, and, most of all, compelled to act and #DoGoodWork.

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