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30 Apr

President Earvin Announces Retirement


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Huston-Tillotson University president Larry Earvin has announced plans to retire June 30, 2015. Since joining the university in 2000, President Earvin has guided the institution through reaccreditation, student development programs and campus improvements. Most recently, guided the modernization of the award-winning Downs-Jones Library and the introduction of several educational programs including the Adult Education Program, criminal justice, communication and others. During his tenure at HT, Dr. Earvin also served as Chair of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the body that manages school accredition for schools, colleges and universities in the southern region.

One of Dr. Earvin’s annual events has been the M.A.S.K.E.D. Ball,  Mankind Assisting Students Kindle Educational Dreams (MASKED), which raisea money to support student-oriented programs.

The university recently established a committee to commence the search for the sixth president of Huston-Tillotson University. The search committee is headed by Mr. Trennis Jones who serves as the Treasurer for the HT Broad of Trustees.


Datrick Edwards, staff writer

The 42%.

In The U.S.,  African Americans have a 42% chance of graduating from an institution of higher learning. I had the privilege of interviewing one of these positive statistics, Karlie Wright, a double major graduate both math AND computer science, who is in hopes of gaining some insight on preparation for life after Huston-Tillotson University.

When asked about her stay at Huston-Tillotson Karlie had nothing but positive things to say. “it’s a really nice campus and the people are all willing to help you if you really need it; the staff, the faculty, they’ve all helped me in some way.”

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vista Equity Partners LLC will deliver the commencement address. Huston-Tillotson University commence is Saturday, May 10, 2015 at 8:30.

The university convocation precedes Friday, May 9 at 10a.



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26 Oct

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HT Celebrates Its 137th Anniversary

25 Oct

Sharnia Rowlett, Ram Co-Editor

Charter Day Celebration

Huston- Tillotson University celebrates its 137th Charter Day October 26, 2012. United States Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee will serve as the keynote speaker. Lee, who represents Congressional District 18 in Houston, is in her 9th term with the U.S. House of Representatives. She has been a staunch advocate for social change through her service on numerous Congressional committees including her current assignment with the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation.

Huston Tillotson University, like the rest of American society, has experienced changes over the years. Two men who together have witnessed nearly 100 years of Huston-Tillotson’s history are best of friends, Coaches Charles H. Dubra and Alvin Moore. The two arrived at Tillotson College, one of the antecedents to HT, as students in 1958.  They’ve seen many changes, not the least of which is how students dress.

Baseball Coach Alvin Moore says, “You didn’t have baggy pants, shirttails out, all of these hoodies” before the 1980s.  “We’re a church related university, and a lot of people don’t even realize that.” Huston-Tillotson receives support from the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.

When Moore was a student, “Sundays were a church day.  Lots of people were coming back to campus from church. They had buses come pick them up.”  Across the campus, he said, the dress code for men was “slacks and shirts, ties on Sunday.” Women wore dresses.

The coaches also remember a time when students lined up single file, with resident assistants serving as guides, to march from the campus to 12th Street’s Harlem Theater, which was later destroyed by fire.

“We saw every cowboy movie in town,” laughs Dubra, HT’s athletic director. “Back then, it was segregated” and HT’s African American students were not welcomed at the Ritz on 6th Street.

How have things changed for the better?

Both agreed that HT’s greater diversity today is a big plus. “We have students from Africa, China, and Japan.  We’ve always been an open door university, but we were historically black,” says Coach Moore.

The looks of the campus have changed radically, with several new buildings constructed in recent years.  But only a few buildings remain for the time Moore and Dubra first fell in love with HT.  Gone is Allen Hall, which “you could see from all over South Austin,” remembers Dubra.

Dr. Terry Smith who joined Huston-Tillotson in 1981 said one his proudest moments was when the restoration was completed on Viaer-Alumni Hall. The building constructed by students in the late 1800s was part of Tillotson College’s first structures. The building had been shuttered since 1969 and renovation was completed in 2006.  Despite the cultural and social changes, the institution continues to offer academic programs to support the diverse career interests of its students. The university recently reinstated its Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and previously developed a degree in Criminal Justice. In January 2013, Huston-Tillotson will offer an Adult Education program for working adults who are interested in careers in Criminal Justice and Business Administration.

The historical black college has provided educational opportunities for the advancement of its diverse student population through timeless innovation, academic excellence, and spiritual growth. The university is the result of a merger between Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College in October 24, 1952.  The college officially changed its name to Huston –Tillotson University February 28, 2005. The present day campus is surrounded by Texas’ historical sites and can be seen resting on the picturesque green hills off 7th and Chicon Streets in East Austin.


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