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BLN FY23 Annual Election

BLN Annual Election

Fiscal Year 23 Election Cycle

(Sept 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023)

BLN Elections

Candidate Q&A Forum

April 5, 2022 | The Candidate Forum will be held during the
BLN Annual Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Online Voting  – April 19th - 22nd  

Voting will take place online. The Elections Committee will be sending additional information for all those BLN eligible voters.  


FY23 BLN Open Positions

 

Executive Committee Officer Nominations / Candidates

Office of the Vice President:
Executive Committee Officer
Two-Year Term

Vice President: The Vice President shall, in the absence, inability, or refusal of the President, perform the duties of the President and assume the authority of the President. The Vice President shall serve on the Executive Committee.  

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 Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown, hails from Galveston, Texas, and is a proud BOI, (Born on the Island)! Janelle came to the University of Houston in 1984 and graduated from the College of Business ,  now known as Bauer, in 1990, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a minor in Marketing.

Soon after  graduation, she was hired by the University of Houston Residential Life and Housing Department.  She served in several capacities, her current and  last one being  Housing Manager. She has now been in this role for the last 10 years. As Housing Manager she gets to not only use her business skills and knowledge, but to meet and work with students, parents, faculty and staff personally. Service and dedication mean a lot. 

Janelle serves in several service-based organizations, University of Houston Black Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are both near and dear to her heart. 
They are both year-round service organizations.

In her spare time, her hobbies are sports, traveling, volunteering, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. 

Office of the Treasurer:
Executive Committee Officer
Two-Year Term

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for all property of BLN. The Treasurer shall keep complete and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of BLN, and deposit property of BLN in the name and to the credit of BLN in banks or depositories designated by the Board or Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall, when reasonable, prepare a statement of accounts and exhibit the books and accounts to any Officer or Director. The Treasurer shall serve on both the Board and the Executive Committee.

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Jason Gregory

Hello fellow BLN member. I have a strong in learning more about non-profit fiscal administration.  Having the opportunity to serve as your Treasurer will afford me an opportunity to develop new skillsets in this area. To tell you a little bit about myself, I am a long-time BLN member, native Houstonian, and alumnus of the University of Houston - Bauer College of Business. I earned a BBA in Management with a minor in Psychology from UH and subsequently, I earned an MBA in General Business Administration from Texas Southern University.   

My background includes nearly 28 years of higher education fiscal affairs experience at four Houston area universities.  My full-time experience at UH-System includes 24 years of time working at UH and UH-Downtown. Other related experiences include the following:   
1.)  UH Staff Council for a period of three years – Office held: Treasurer (1-year). 
2.)  ParkLake Townhomes Homeowners Association in Mo. City Texas (4 years) – Offices held: President, Vice-President, and Sergeant-at-Arms.   

Finally, I have served as a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston - Downtown Davies College of Business totaling 8 years.  The primary courses that I taught were Principles of Management, Business Communications, Keyboarding, and Information Processing.

If elected, I am looking forward to applying my knowledge, skills, and UH connections in this role in support of BLN operations.   Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Office of Faculty Affairs Chair
Executive Committee Officer
Two-Year Term

Faculty Chair: The Faculty Chair shall be responsible for coordinating efforts for the recruitment and retention of faculty at institutions of higher education. The Faculty Chair shall serve on both the Board and the Executive Committee.

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Dr. Linda Reed

In the years after completing her Ph.D. at Indiana University, Professor Linda Reed established herself as a noted scholar in the field of African American history.  Her stature is confirmed by the prestigious fellowships she received from the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan, the Ford Foundation, and Princeton University.
Her book, Simple Decency and Common Sense: The Southern Conference Movement, 1938-1963, further enhanced her reputation. Concentrating on years often not recognized prior to the civil rights movement, an era preceding the Montgomery bus boycott, the book examines a small group of southern White and Black liberals who challenged the racial politics that denied Black people decent wages and a role in southern politics.

Professor Reed is also co-editor, along with Darlene Clark Hine and Wilma King, of "We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible": A Reader in Black Women’s History. Both books won major prizes. Professor Reed also served nine years as the director of the University of Houston’s African American Studies Program as well as two years (2012-14) as the History Department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Between 2001 and 2003 Reed provided leadership as the National Director for the Association of Black Women Historians.  Committed to a finishing a task regardless of the time involved, Reed has reframed her work on Civil Rights Icon Fannie Lou Hamer to link her life’s work with that of other notable Black women, dating back to the 19th century.

Continuing to make space in her work on Black women, Reed is already gathering information on internationally acclaimed Gospel Artist Mahalia Jackson for future scholarship.

 

Board of Directors Nominations / Candidates

Board Position #8 - UH Clear Lake University Director
Board Director UH Clear Lake University Employee
Three-Year Term

The Board of Directors (“the Board”) is the policy-making body and may exercise all the power and authority granted to the Corporation by law. The Board shall oversee the BLN’s operations. Each member of the Board (each, a “Director”) shall conduct his or her duties in good faith, with ordinary care, and in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the Corporation

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Dr. LeeBrian E. Gaskins  

LeeBrian E. Gaskins joined University of Houston-Clear Lake as its first assistant vice president for Information Technology/chief information officer in February 2020. He was promoted to senior associate VP of the department a year later. In this new role, Dr. Gaskins leads the Office of Information Technology, which manages all aspects of campus technology including the development and implementation of new technologies. He served in a similar capacity as associate VP for IT/CIO at Texas A&M International University (TAMU) in Laredo for 15 years. 

During his time at TAMU, Dr. Gaskins directed and supervised 40+ staff members and managed a budget of over $5 million, supporting a campus community of over 7,000 students, staff and faculty. One of his notable achievements there involved the merging of distance education, instructional technology, and information technology services into one coherent office. This merge improved synergy between technology areas and reduced technology costs for the institution. He also expanded classroom instructional technology, allowing instructors to use interactive response systems and a learning management system right from the classroom. Dr. Gaskins has been working toward increasing technological innovations in a comparable way throughout UHCL.  

In addition to his experience in IT, Dr. Gaskins worked as a reviewer for the Journal of Asia Business Studies and the Journal of Information Technology Development. He also worked as a LAN specialist for West Virginia University, where he developed an extended learning initiative and a web-integrated training and development database to provide online access to rural community residents for continuing education. 

Dr. Gaskins earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Technology Education, and MBA in Information Technology — all from West Virginia University. He earned his Ph.D. in International Business Administration from Texas A&M International University. 

Reporting Units 

  • Neumann Library 
  • Center for Engagement, Teaching, and Learning 
  • Assessment/Accreditation 
  • Systems/Infrastructure 
  • Academic Computing 
  • Projects 
  • Business Applications 
  • Technology Learning 

Board Position #9 - UH Downtown University Director
Board Director UH Downtown University Employee
Three-Year Term

The Board of Directors (“the Board”) is the policy-making body and may exercise all the power and authority granted to the Corporation by law. The Board shall oversee the BLN’s operations. Each member of the Board (each, a “Director”) shall conduct his or her duties in good faith, with ordinary care, and in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the Corporation 

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Judge Joy Thomas

As a native Houstonian, my career began as a cadet at the University of Houston- Downtown Police Officer' s Academy where I earned a Texas Peace Officer Certification and an award for honor graduate. I spent several years serving my community as a Police Officer at various police departments. I eventually applied to the legacy Department of Treasury and was hired as a Customs Inspector, which is currently known as Customs and Border Protection within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

I was awarded Academic Honor Graduate for the highest academic grade in the academy class and Overall Outstanding Graduate for the highest combined score in academics, fitness and firearms. I excelled to the position of Special Agent with ICE. I earned another fitness award and achieved my first federal indictment in Memphis, Tennessee within six months of graduating the academy. 

My time as an ICE Agent led to my re-entry into the world of higher education in my mid-thirties. I earned a BS in Political Science from the University of Houston- Downtown and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. I am a licensed attorney and practiced criminal defense and family law for seven years.

While practicing law, I began teaching Political Science at the University of Houston- Downtown, teaching Police Cadets at the UHD-Criminal Justice Training Center, teaching Trial Simulation at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. In 2020, I was appointed as a magistrate in Harris County Criminal Courts where I now serve as Judge of Probable Cause Court.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my nieces and my dog, Pepper. 

Board Position #10 UH Victoria University Director
Board Director UH Victoria University Employee
Three-Year Term

The Board of Directors (“the Board”) is the policy-making body and may exercise all the power and authority granted to the Corporation by law. The Board shall oversee the BLN’s operations. Each member of the Board (each, a “Director”) shall conduct his or her duties in good faith, with ordinary care, and in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the Corporation 

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Dr. Glenn Chance

Dr. Chance M. Glenn, Sr. joined the UHV family as provost and vice president for academic affairs on August 5, 2019.
Glenn started his academic career in 2003 at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York as a faculty member in the
College of Applied Science and Technology. In 2008, he became associate dean in the Office of Graduate Studies. In 2012, he was hired as dean of the Alabama A&M College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.

Glenn earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. Both his master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering were earned at Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a certificate in management development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Glenn’s honors include a 2018 induction into the Indispensable Role of Blacks at JHU exhibit, a traveling and online exhibit honoring the contributions people of color have made to Johns Hopkins.

In addition, Morningbird Media’s Electronic Alchemy eForge was named as a 2019 finalist in the experimental category in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas. He also founded the Morningbird Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization to provide opportunities for STEM education to underrepresented and underserved communities.

Glenn is an avid artist, singer/songwriter and was part of The Praise Project, a gospel group that recorded “First Fruits,” a CD nominated for a Grammy in 2000.

Board Position #11 Director At Large
Board Director Any UH System University Employee
Three-Year Term

The Board of Directors (“the Board”) is the policy-making body and may exercise all the power and authority granted to the Corporation by law. The Board shall oversee the BLN’s operations. Each member of the Board (each, a “Director”) shall conduct his or her duties in good faith, with ordinary care, and in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the Corporation 

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Dr. Louis Williams

Dr. Louis Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his B.Sc., MA, and PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh.

He received numerous Teaching Excellence and Leadership Awards and has served the university in various roles including the Faculty Senate and Undergraduate Council, and the University Grievance and Scholarship Committees. 

He was a founding me
mber of the Black Leadership Network and has served as President, Director of Faculty Affairs, and as a member of the Board of Directors. 

I am honored to have been nominated to continue to serve on the Board as Board
Member at Large. 
 

 


Criteria

The nominee must be:

  • An active employee at a University of Houston System campus (UH, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, and UH-Victoria).
  • A paid registered member of BLN prior to March 31, 2022 (you may pay dues and register at the same time as submitting your nomination)
  • Willing to accept the responsibility of an officer of the BLN.
  • And willing to volunteer 5-7 hours a month to role responsibilities. 

Responsibilities

According to Article III Section 3.01 and 3.02 (a) of the BLN By-Laws:

Board Member Positions: Each member of the Board (each, a “Director”) shall conduct his or her duties in good faith, with ordinary care, and in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the Corporation.

According to Section 5.01 (b), (d), (f) of the BLN By-Laws:

(b) Vice President: The Vice President shall, in the absence, inability, or refusal of the President, perform the duties of the President and assume the authority of the President. The Vice President shall serve on the Executive Committee.

(d) Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for all property of BLN. The Treasurer shall keep complete and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of BLN, and deposit property of BLN in the name and to the credit of BLN in banks or depositories designated by the Board or Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall, when reasonable, prepare a statement of accounts and exhibit the books and accounts to any Officer or Director. The Treasurer shall serve on both the Board and the Executive Committee

(f) Faculty Chair: The Faculty Chair shall be responsible for coordinating efforts for the recruitment and retention of faculty at institutions of higher education. The Faculty Chair shall serve on both the Board and the Executive Committee.


Terms of Service

  • Elected Executive Officer Candidates will serve a two-year term starting September 1, 2022, thru August 31, 2024.
  • Elected Board Director Candidates will serve a three-year term starting September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2025.
  • In the event of unforseen position vacancy during fiscal year terms of service are reduced to remaining fiscal year terms of service remaining. 
  • Officers may serve consecutive terms.
  • Officers may not hold more than one office concurrently.

 

Voting allowed by eligible BLN members who have held memberships as of November 30, 2021.


Please contact Election Committee if you have any questions or additional information.

Dr. Sharon Green
Elections Campaign Committee Chair 
email: skgreen@uh.edu 
Phone: 713.743.7788

Thank you!