Defender, Amegy Bank sponsor annual event

By: Texas Southern University

The presidents of TSU and Prairie View A&M University shared the stage, answering questions and, at times, poking good-natured fun, during the annual Defender HBCU Presidents Classic, held August 25 at Amegy Bank’s headquarters in Houston.The event, which is typically held the week prior to the Labor Day Classic football game between the two universities, brought together supporters of both schools. The Defender’s education reporter, Laura Onyeneho, served as moderator during the question-answer session, which included topics such as research, alumni support, African American studies courses, public teacher burnout, and the value of an HBCU. Both presidents respectfully declined to entertain the question about the value of an HBCU.”We don’t question the value of a UT, Texas A&M, or UH,” said President Crumpton-Young. “Why do we need to question the value of an HBCU?”Instead, Dr. Crumpton-Young focused much of her remarks on the exciting new initiatives that TSU is implementing in her second year as president, including the formation of the College of Transdisciplinary Studies, which is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. She also emphasized TSU’s responsiveness that comes with being an independent public university in Texas.For more on the Defender HBCU Presidents Classic, click here.
President Crumpton-Young speaks with Amegy Bank’s CEO Steve Stephens prior to the start of the Defender’s HBCU Presidents Classic.
TSU supporters stand with President Crumpton-Young at the conclusion of the Defender’s HBCU Presidents Classic.
In the video above, created for the Houston Defender HBCU Presidents Classic, President Young gives a brief overview of some of the great things happening at TSU.