Texas Southern University is a comprehensive doctoral university located in Houston, Texas. The university enrolls approximately 8,500 students, offering over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations organized into ten academic colleges and schools. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. TSU honors its designation as a special-purpose institution for urban programming and research. A distinguished educational pioneer since 1927, TSU is one of 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to hold the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s coveted status as a Doctoral University of High Research Activity (R2). Our 150-acre campus is nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward, just minutes from downtown.   


Leadership Profile

As the chief executive officer of TSU, the President leads the development and implementation of goals and strategies to achieve the University’s mission. The full leadership profile is  available here.

Comments & Nominations

We have engaged WittKieffer in this important search. WittKieffer is one of the leading executive search firms in higher education, conducting more than 300 search assignments for colleges and universities each year. They will work closely with the search committee to recruit a highly qualified and diverse candidate pool for the committee's consideration. We strongly encourage you to submit nominations and recommendations to WittKieffer and the search committee through the following email address: TSUPresident@wittkieffer.com

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Presidential Search Advisory Committee

To oversee the process of selecting the next President of TSU, a presidential search committee has been formed by the TSU Board of Regents in accordance with its Rules and Regulations, which include a provision for representation on such committees by various stakeholder constituencies.

The Co-Chairs

James Benham

Search Committee Chair
Vice-Chair, TSU Board of Regents

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Dr. Edieth Wu

Search Committee Chair
Search Committee Co-Chair Professor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, TSU

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Michael Strahan

Search Committee Co-Chair Host, Good Morning America NFL Hall of Famer

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The Committee

Vicki Hollub

President & CEO, Occidental Petroleum

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Mathew Knowles

Founder, Music World Entertainment

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Andrew “Andy” Card

Former White House Chief of Staff, President George W. Bush

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, President George W. Bush

Former President Franklin Pierce University

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Dr. Marylise Caussinus

Professor of French, TSU

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Dr. Frazier Wilson

Chairman, TSU Foundation Board of Trustees

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Antoinette "Toni" Jackson

Member, TSU Foundation Board of Trustees

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Dylan Getwood

Student Regent, TSU Board of Regents

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Corrie Williams

President, TSU National Alumni Association

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Brandon L. Simmons

Chairman, TSU Board of Regents

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Dr. Richard Johnson

TSU Board of Regents

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Marilyn A. Rose

Secretary, TSU Board of Regents

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Stephanie D. Nellons-Paige, Alternate

Second Vice-Chair, TSU Board of Regents

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