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HOUSTON (August 29, 2016) – Texas Southern University announces personnel changes in two academic areas and one university leadership positon. Dr. James Douglas has been appointed to serve as Interim Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Dr. Michael Adams to serve as Interim Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs; and Dr. Bobby Wilson to serve as Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Douglas, a TSU stalwart who served as Texas Southern University President from 1995 to 1998, served most recently as a Distinguished professor of Law at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL). Currently the president Houston Chapter of the NAACP, Dr. Douglas has held positions as dean and professor of TMSL, Interim dean, Florida A&M University College of Law, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, Assistant professor, associate dean, Syracuse University College of Law. He has been involved in the Minority Affairs Committee, Law Admissions Council, former American Bar Association education chair, Committee of Science & Technology. He is married to Tanya Smith Douglas and has three adult children. Dr. Douglas earned his B.A., in Mathematics from Texas Southern University; a J.D., from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and his J.S.M., from Stanford University.
Dr. Wilson, another TSU stalwart, is a nationally regarded research chemist and a Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology in TSU’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (COSET). He serves as the L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Shell Oil Endowed Chaired Professor of Environmental Toxicology at TSU. Dr. Wilson has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his extraordinary efforts to significantly increase the number of African Americans with Ph.D. degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). He has mentored 19 Ph.D.s from the United States who are from underrepresented groups in STEM, including eight African American males and 11 African American females.
Dr. Adams, a dedicated TSU academician since 1983 served most recently as the Director of MPA and online eMPA program and Professor of Public Affairs at the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. A noted political expert, Adams is an avid scholar in the Public Affairs arena, he has co-authored several books including Readings in American Political Issues and Public Administration both published by Kendall-Hunt Press. Dr. Adams also has been published in the Journal of Service Science; the Encyclopedia of African America History; International Journal of Education Research and the European Journal of Social Sciences.
Texas Southern University is currently in the process of launching a national search to fill the positions permanently.