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TSU National Alumni President says members are concerned on “state of university”

Written by on June 16, 2023

Corrie Williams, President, TSU National Alumni Association

Corrie Williams, the President of Texas Southern University’s National Alumni Association, told the Board of Regents during an open forum at its June 15 meeting on campus that alumni had “great concern on the current state of the university” and were willing to work with the regents to develop solutions.

During the meeting, Williams raised many concerns, including advising the regents to immediately appoint an interim president while searching for a permanent one.

In addition, she mentioned that the alumni strongly opposed any attempts to strip TSU of its independent status.

“Let me be very clear that alumni are not in favor of this,” Williams said. “We will fight this tooth and nail. We will not be quiet. We will not be persuaded, and we will not sit idle.’ 

Corrie Williams, TSU National Alumni Association

She added: “We are well aware that no one is coming to save us, but us, and we are ready to step up and assist this university in ways we have not before.”

Williams’ three-minute and sixteen-second speech also included concerns about students, housing, staffing, and homecoming.

“Alumni would like a well-planned, well-executed, and well-funded homecoming,” Williams said. “Homecoming is one of our best opportunities to reconnect and reengage our alumni to Texas Southern University so they can come back and give back to this university and its students.”

Corrie Williams, TSU National Alumni Association

Williams said stability is critical for the university’s success.

“Board of Regents will come and go, administration, faculty, and staff will come and go. But, one constant at this university is alumni. Texas Southern University is our home, and we plan to protect it,” Williams said.

Williams ended her talk by saying the alumni are ready to do all they can to help.

“I look forward to working with this board to develop solutions on how alumni can assist in progressing this great institution forward and ensuring we have the right leadership to take Texas Southern University to the next level,” Williams concluded.