Personnel changes announced

Texas Southern University

announces personnel changes 

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 will serve as interim dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Bobby Wilson will serve as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

dugDr. Douglas, a TSU stalwart who served as president of Texas Southern University from 1995 to 1998, was a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL).  Dr. Douglas, current president of the NAACP - Houston Chapter, has held positions as dean and professor of TMSL, interim dean – Florida A&M University College of Law, professor –Northeastern University School of Law, and assistant professor and associate dean – Syracuse University College of Law. He is a former American Bar Association education chair and has been involved in a number of ABA committees, including Minority Affairs and Science & Technology, and the Law Admissions Council. 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 Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and his J.S.M., from Stanford University.

wilDr. Wilson is a respected research chemist and 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.


adDr. Adams, a dedicated TSU academician since 1983, has served as director of the MPA and online eMPA programs and as professor of Public Affairs at the Barbara 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-American History, International Journal of Education Research and the European Journal of Social Sciences.


TSU is in the process of launching a national search to fill vacant positions.