Lesia Crumpton-Young, the president of the historically Black university at Texas Southern University in Houston, resigned after only two years in office.
Crumpton-Young stated in a letter dated May 15 to the head of the TSU Board of Regents that she felt “called to expand my commitment to transforming lives by elevating HBCUs to a broader national stage.”
“My goal is to assist in accelerating this urgent and compelling objective and shape the national success of HBCUs and Higher Education at large. With the successful conclusion of the 2022-2023 Academic Year, it seems the most appropriate time to share this communication with you,” she wrote.
She may or may not have found a new job.
Crumpton-Young’s desire to leave was approved unanimously by the board, according to TSU Board of Regents Chair Albert Myres. TSU did not reply to further inquiries on Friday.
In the interim, a transition oversight group will be led by Regent Mary Evans Sias, as designated by the board.
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Crumpton-Young visited TSU immediately after it was made public that other applications weren’t considered, while over $2 million in scholarships were awarded to ineligible students between 2017 and 2019. Former president Austin Lane was forced to resign due to the incident.
Ultimately, the board and Lane reached a secret separation deal in which he was cleared of wrongdoing. He is now Southern Illinois University’s chancellor.
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— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 27, 2023
An anonymous complaint was sent to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in November 2018, according to an external review of admissions irregularities at the time, alleging that the university, one of the largest historically Black colleges in the nation, “tried to increase enrollment by encouraging staff to admit all candidates, regardless of whether the candidate met the university’s academic admissions criteria.”
At about the same time, there were charges of bribery and irregularities in the admissions procedure at the TSU law school.
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