Nationally-renowned policy analyst, strategist and higher education practitioner joins Texas Southern University leadership team as Chief of Staff

Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Dr. Dakota Doman

Dr. Dakota Doman, recently named as Chief of Staff at Texas Southern University, comes to the University with a thorough understanding of the higher education landscape in Texas.

Dr. Dakota Doman has been selected as Texas Southern University’s new Chief of Staff. Dr. Doman reports directly to TSU President, Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Doman is responsible for ensuring execution and completion of transformational initiatives of the university, implementation of the University strategic plan, and addressing issues on behalf of the President. This position handles matters of policy and institutional importance on behalf of the President while supporting and sustaining a culture of service, professionalism, and continuous improvement in the University’s organizational units.

“The hiring of Dr. Doman adds to our ongoing transformation at Texas Southern University,” said President Crumpton-Young. “Dr. Doman has an extensive track record of developing strategic partnerships at the local, regional, state, and national level. His understanding of the higher education landscape in Texas spans critical areas of college readiness, academic quality, financial aid, and cost efficiencies, among others. Dr. Doman has also conducted critical research focusing on higher education policy.”

Dr. Doman has served in numerous higher education administrative roles, including most recently as the Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives and Policy Implementation with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) where he led initiatives pertaining to academic and health affairs, college readiness and success, digital learning, and workforce education. During Dr. Doman’s tenure at THECB he provided oversight and leadership of over $250 million in state and federal grant support to Texas institutions. Prior to joining THECB, Dr. Doman served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Philander Smith College (a private HBCU in Little Rock, AR). Under his leadership of the Enrollment Management Division, Philander Smith College increased enrollment by 34%, while also improving retention by 11%. Philander Smith College was ranked the number one fastest growing HBCU by the United Negro College Fund, the fastest growing four-year university in the state of Arkansas, and PSC enrolled the largest first-year class in the 145-year history of the institution. Dr. Doman has also served in administrative roles as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at West Virginia State University (Institute, WV); Director of Student Life and Services at University of Houston-Victoria (Victoria, TX); and Director of Civic Engagement at Lamar University (Beaumont, TX).

“It is a professional honor and privilege to serve Texas Southern University campus community as Chief of Staff. I am ecstatic to join President Crumpton-Young and her leadership team,” said Dr. Doman. “President Crumpton-Young has a visionary, transformative leadership style that will take the University to the next level and my professional experience and academic background blend well with her goal of achieving unprecedented success at an accelerated pace. I look forward to the disruption of the status quo that we will do as a team to engage and uplift the university and the community around us.”

Dr. Doman earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University. He earned an M.B.A. in Experiential Business/Entrepreneurship and a B.S. in Biochemistry, both from Lamar University. Dr Doman is a proud Houstonian having received his primary and secondary education through the Houston Independent School District.

In addition to Dr. Doman’s experience as a seasoned higher education practitioner, he has also served the academy as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Business, Adjunct Professor of Education, and Lecturer.

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Last updated: 05/03/2022