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Historically Black College Notables


Matthew Winfred Dogan

In 1896 Dogan left Walden to become president of Wiley College, Marshall, Texas, and during his administration, which spanned the years 1896 to1942, Wiley developed into one of the best colleges for African Americans in the country. Dogan was also president of the National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools, and the Teachers State Association of Texas and was active in many Methodist Episcopal, fraternal, and civic organizations.


Laurine Cecil (L. C.) Anderson

Upon his brother's death on October 9, 1885, Anderson succeeded him as principal of Prairie View. During his tenure there Anderson helped form and was elected the first president of the Colored Teachers State Association (see TEACHERS STATE ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS). He served as president of the college from 1885 to 1889 and worked to unify African-American leaders in business, politics, and religious and fraternal organizations, as well as for to improve conditions for black Texans through education.


Ruth J. Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons (born 1945), first female African-American president of a major college (Smith College), first African-American president of an Ivy League college (Brown University)  Simmons was elected Brown's first female president in November 2000 Simmons assumed office in fall of 2001. In 2002, Newsweek selected her as a Ms. Woman of the Year, while in 2001, Time named her as America's best college president.


Historically Black College Notables

Bishop College Notables

Butler College Notables

Central Texas College Notables

Conroe College Notables

Guadalupe College Notables

Hearne Academy Notables

Houston Academy Notables

Huston-Tillotson University  Notables 

Jarvis Christian College Notables

Mary Allen Seminary Notables

North Texas Baptist College and Seminary Notables

Paul Quinn College Notables

Prairie View A&M University Notables

Southwestern Christian College Notables

St. Philip's College Notables

Texas College Notables

Texas Southern University Notables

Wiley College Notables






Lee Lewis Campbell

Campbell founded Central Texas College and was the first president. He founded the Austin Herald in 1889. He was president of the General Baptist State Convention and vice president of the National General Baptist Convention.


Rev. Michael Bell

On Nov 14, 2005, Rev. Michael Bell was elected as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, becoming the first black person to lead the overwhelmingly white, 2.5-million member denomination.