Parker Board of Trustees
Chairman, Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.
Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. was appointed as an instructor of business at Alcorn State University immediately upon his graduation from that college. He also served as the acting head of the department of business and was admitted to the intern training program for college business officers. Upon completion of the 12-month internship period, he served as a member of the business office of Hampton Institute (Virginia) until he was called into military service.
Following military service in the U.S. Army, he resumed his career in higher education by returning to the Tuskegee Institute (Alabama). During a tenure of 17 years at Tuskegee Institute, he rose from the initial post of student bookkeeper to that of director of auxiliary enterprises/business manager.
Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, named him vice president for finance and management, where he served for four and a half years. His service at Morgan State University was followed by his election to the presidency of Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY. That election was the first appointment of an African American to a presidency in the state university of New York system.
His second presidency was at Bishop College in Dallas, TX where he labored valiantly to save the financially troubled historically black baptist college. His three-year tenure there was marked by a number of advances for the troubled institution and his establishment as a prominent leader in education, business, and community service arenas of the Dallas metroplex. Since 1986 he served as the president of El Centro College, the landmark college of the Dallas Community College District. He and the president of Richland College represented the longest serving presidents in the Dallas community college district.
In May 2006 he was named the sixth chancellor of the Dallas community college district, and he is the first African-American chancellor. The Dallas County Community College District is the largest community college in Texas with a current enrollment of more than 64,000 credit students and approximately 25,000 continuing education students at its seven separately accredited colleges.
He holds degrees from Alcorn State University (Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude), Indiana University (MBA with high honors), and Auburn University (doctorate in education administration and finance). He earned a theological doctorate and was awarded the honorary doctor of humanities degree by Dallas Baptist University. He has been a member of the Parker Board of Trustees since June 2007.