TSU increases critical community partnerships

TSU increases critical community partnerships

Texas Southern University President Austin A. Lane has held meetings with leaders of local, state and national companies and organizations in an effort to enhance real-world experiences for TSU students. The effort is designed to strengthen partnerships in the business community to provide young academics with interactive opportunities in professional settings.

"As the city of Houston continues to position itself as a magnet for top talent and businesses, we want the business community to know all of their needs for entrepreneurs, innovators and a prepared and educated workforce can be met right here at Texas Southern University," said President Lane. "These partnerships are also a great opportunity to spotlight and strengthen our academic programs and provide internships for our students."

Dr. Lane spoke to BP’s African American Network (BP AAN) on March 1. He shared his vision for TSU and urged BP AAN members to become mentors at the University. He met with members of BP’s leadership that included Rob Gorski, COO-Power BP Energy Company; Amy Patton, director of U.S. University Relations; Donna Ward, managing counsel, Global Projects Organization; and Tiffany Washington, campus strategy manager. 

President Lane met with the leadership of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) on February 28 to organize a pipeline for student interns into the Houston business community. Dr. Lane and GHP CEO Bob Harvey, along with Peter Beard, senior vice president, Regional Workforce Development and Jesse Ayala, counsel on public policy discussed plans for TSU as a dedicated resource for full-time talent. Harvey learned about the growing list of academic disciplines offered at TSU in which the University ranks at the top for baccalaureate and graduate degrees earned by African-American students. Dr. Lane was accompanied by Dr. Kendall Harris, TSU provost for academic affairs and research; Wendell Williams, special assistant to the president; Melinda Spaulding, vice president for University Advancement; and Dominique Calhoun, director of Government Relations. 

Students in TSU’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business (JHJ) benefit from the University’s partnership with Amegy Bank. Amegy President Steve Stephens visited JHJ to speak to accounting students about industry hiring decisions and what business faculty should know about the employment environment. Amegy sponsors the JHJ Fellows Program and offers internships to top TSU students. Amegy staff are also members of the JHJ Business Advisory Council.