Texas Southern University Welcomes James W. Crawford III as 14th President

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/16/2024, 1:09 p.m.
In a historic moment for Texas Southern University (TSU), the Board of Regents unanimously confirmed James W. Crawford III as …
James W. Crawford III, President of Texas Southern University

In a historic moment for Texas Southern University (TSU), the Board of Regents unanimously confirmed James W. Crawford III as the institution's 14th president. With a wealth of leadership experience and a deep commitment to student success, Crawford is poised to lead TSU into a new era of excellence. Let's delve into the details of this momentous appointment and explore Crawford's impressive background.

A Unanimous Decision:

Amidst widespread acclaim, the TSU Board of Regents announced James W. Crawford III as the university's new president, effective June 1, 2024. Following a rigorous selection process, Crawford emerged as the sole finalist for the position, drawing praise for his extensive leadership acumen and unwavering dedication to higher education. TSU Board of Regents Chairman Brandon L. Simmons hailed Crawford's appointment as a testament to his unparalleled qualifications and profound commitment to student-centric leadership.

A Leader of Distinction:

Crawford's illustrious career spans diverse realms, from academia to global leadership roles in the United States Navy. As the former president of Felician University in New Jersey, Crawford spearheaded transformative initiatives, including the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and the enhancement of learning environments. His distinguished tenure in the U.S. Navy, culminating in the role of Vice Admiral and Judge Advocate General, underscores his unparalleled expertise in strategic leadership and organizational management.

A Vision for Excellence:

In assuming the presidency of TSU, Crawford expressed his profound honor and dedication to advancing the university's mission of academic excellence and student empowerment. With a profound commitment to lifelong learning and community engagement, Crawford envisions TSU as a formidable force in Texas higher education and beyond. Armed with a Juris Doctorate, a Master of Laws degree, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Crawford brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role.

A Promising Future:

As TSU embarks on this transformative journey under Crawford's leadership, the university community eagerly anticipates a future marked by innovation, inclusivity, and academic distinction. With unwavering dedication and a vision for excellence, Crawford is poised to guide TSU towards new heights of success, empowering students to realize their full potential and become catalysts for positive change in their communities.


As Texas Southern University welcomes James W. Crawford III as its 14th president, the university community celebrates a new chapter of growth, innovation, and opportunity. With a distinguished career and a profound commitment to student success, Crawford embodies the spirit of leadership and excellence that defines TSU's rich legacy. Together, under Crawford's visionary guidance, TSU stands poised to redefine the landscape of higher education and inspire generations of future leaders.

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