PEOPLE ON THE COVER: Judge Kelli Johnson of the 178th Criminal District Court in Harris County, Steve Harvey, President Donald Trump, Former President of the United States Barack Obama, Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and two daughters Malia and Sasha, their two dogs Sunny and Bo, are picture on this cover of Houston Business Connections Magazine along with Jimmy and Cheryl Coleman, owners of Greater Houston Consulting and Tax Services, Inc. located at: 12606 Hillcroft at South Main, Houston, Texas 77035. Call Greater Houston Consulting and Tax Services, Inc at (713)723-2005 to schedule an appointment today. Houston Business Connections Magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 for more information. All Rights Reserved.



Sunday, December 28, 2014

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: Dr. Michael O. Adams: Leading in Excellence at Texas Southern University


Dr. Michael O. Adams: Leading in Excellence at Texas Southern University

Michael O. Adams, Ph.D., is the Interim Chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Master of Public Administration and Founding Director of the Online Executive Master of Public Administration programs at Texas Southern University. He currently serves as the Interim Director of the Barbara Jordan Research Institute. He is a tenured professor, teaching classes in Public Administration and Political Science, while continuously contributing to the academic body of knowledge through research. He provides expertise and proficiency where education, policy administrations, and community participation intersect.

Dr. Adams has authored and co-authored five books since 1987, which cover the fields of American Government, Public Administration and Public Policy. He has published twenty-five papers since 1982. He has also written numerous newspaper columns and editorials, made several scholarly presentations, acted as a consultant and aided in many educational developments. He has also authored many grants ranging from $1,000 to $1 million. Dr. Adams has received numerous awards including, the Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Fellowship.

Dr. Adams is at the cusp of addressing pivotal policy issues. In recent years, in relation to Homeland Security and terrorism, Dr. Adams received a fellowship from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy to participate in its Academic Fellows Program in Tel Aviv, Israel. The program, entitled, “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism,” featured lectures by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States. It also consisted of visits to military bases, border zones, and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks. The goal of the program was to offer information and training to teaching professionals about the latest trends in terrorists’ ideologies, motives, and operations.

He volunteers as a political and educational consultant, and is an avid speaker, serving on a plethora of panels and speaking on various topics as a representative of the University. He is also a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Small Programs Committee.

He has received several awards including the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs International Service Award, the Texas Southern University Research Scholar Award, the School of Public Affairs Research Scholar Award, and the Quiester Craig Teaching Award.

Dr. Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College (1976), his Master of Arts in Political Science from The Atlanta University (1978), and his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Atlanta University (1984).

Excellence in Achievement  Programs At Texas Southern University

Armed with the motto, “Excellence in Achievement,” Texas Southern University has produced some of the most prominent leaders of our time.

Some of this prominence was birthed in 1974 when the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the establishment of a School of Public Affairs at TSU, and helped the school to fulfill its role as a special purpose institution.

Later, in 2002, the school was named the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

With the foundation of two great namesakes, the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University leads the way in the realm of emergency management, homeland security, human resources, public policy, international development, social justice, executive management, sustainability and urban planning through the undergraduate and graduate degree programs it offers.

To name a few, the school is home to an emergency management and homeland security (EMHS) undergraduate program, a NASPAA-accredited master of public administration (MPA) program, and an online executive master of public administration (eMPA) program.

Launched in Fall 2013, the emergency management and homeland security (EMHS) program is designed to create graduates with extensive theoretical and applied knowledge in emergency management and disaster research. The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security prepares students for careers in emergency management and public safety careers and will introduce students to the all-hazards approach, emergency disaster management phases, risk assessment, prevention and management, counter-terrorism, consequence management, mitigation, and recovery.

Boasting accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the master of public administration (MPA) program at TSU is a 48-credit-hour program that has produced key change agents in human resources, international development and policy.

On the cutting edge of public administration, one of its greatest assets lies in its potential to alleviate the shortage of professionally educated persons, especially those from minority groups, in local, state, national and international public service. As a matter of fact, the MPA program is the only NASPAA accredited program in the Houston metropolitan area.

Another program housed in the School of Public Affairs is online eMPA program, which launch in fall 2010. This 16-month program graduated its first cohort in fall 2011 and has a curriculum uniquely designed to meet the growing demand for mid-career professionals in the public sector who wish to pursue an executive MPA degree.

In addition, eMPA candidates can broaden their international scope by participation in the program’s study abroad program, which is a part of the program’s tuition package. To date, the program has traveled to Brazil, China and Ghana.

For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Michael O. Adams, 713-313-7760.

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PEOPLE FEATURED ON THE COVER: Businessman Craig Joseph (owner of Houston's This Is It Soul Food). FBISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre, TSU Program Director Dr. Michael O. Adams (Director of the eMPA and MPA programs at Texas Southern University), Judge Loyd Wright (District Probate Judge for Court #1 in Harris County), Businessman Bill Frazer (2015 Candidate for Controller of Houston), Controller Ronald C. Green (City of Houston Controller), Mayor Allen Owen (the mayor of Missouri City), Judge Christine Riddle Butts (District Probate Judge for Court #4 in Harris County), Grayle James (the FBISD President of the Board of Trustees), and Educator/Attorney Carroll G. Robinson (2015 Candidate for Controller of Houston). Email your request to (aubreyrtaylor@gmail.comif you would like to have a copy of our "2014 Year-End Review" edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine mailed directly to your home or business.

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Boasting accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the master of public administration (MPA) program at TSU is a 48-credit-hour program that has produced key change agents in human resources, international development and policy. For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Michael O. Adams, 713-313-7760. 

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Launched in Fall 2013, the emergency management and homeland security (EMHS) program is designed to create graduates with extensive theoretical and applied knowledge in emergency management and disaster research. The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security prepares students for careers in emergency management and public safety careers and will introduce students to the all-hazards approach, emergency disaster management phases, risk assessment, prevention and management, counter-terrorism, consequence management, mitigation, and recovery. For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Michael O. Adams, 713-313-7760. 

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About Carroll G. Robinson

Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor and a former Associate Dean of External Affairs at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. Professor Robinson is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System (HCC) and a Citizen Member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of K9s4COPs. He is also a past chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce.

Professor Robinson is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council. As a member of the City Council, Professor Robinson chaired the city’s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. 

Professor Robinson represented the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the local council of regional governments. He served as a member of the Board’s Budget Committee and was a Vice Chair of the Transportation Policy Council. He also represented the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for I-69 Texas and TEX-21, a statewide transportation coalition of elected officials, business leaders and transportation and infrastructure professionals.

Professor Robinson is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board’s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee. He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League’s Utilities and Environment Committee, and Transportation Task Force; Advisory Board of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members where he was also a member of the Housing Committee; a former member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO); a former member of the Texas Attorney General’s Municipal Advisory Committee (1998); Founding Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council’s Local Elected Officials Network; a former Chairman of the National League of Cities Democratic Municipal Officials; a former member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC); and a former General Counsel of the Texas Democratic Party. 

Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He has also worked as an adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law. 

Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey (where he received a Certificate of Academic Accomplishment in African-American Studies) and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is the author or co-author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries. Robinson plans to put his vast experience and know-how to work for the people of Houston should voters choose him as the best candidate in the race for City of Houston Controller on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election ballot.

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