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Chancellor Emeritus's Biography

Dr. Wright Lassiter

Education

Dr. Wright Lassiter's educational background includes:

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration from Alcorn State University (Miss.)
  • Master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University
  • Doctorate in education from Auburn University (Ala.)

Professional Experience

Dr. Lassiter joined DCCCD as president of El Centro College in August 1986. Prior to that time, he served as:

  • President of Bishop College (Dallas)
  • President of Schenectady County Community College (N.Y.)
  • Vice president for finance and administration at Morgan State University (Baltimore)
  • Director of auxiliary enterprises/business manager at Tuskegee University – then Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee, Ala.)

Dr. Lassiter has long-term experience in higher education administration:

  • Reporting to a nine-member board of trustees as president of Schenectady County Community College and to a 37-member board of trustees as president of Bishop College
  • Serving as a member of the board of trustees for Dallas Baptist University and as a consultant to the board of trustees at Wayne County Community College for new member board orientation
  • Serving as a consultant for several community service and nonprofit organizations – including the Urban League of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce – in the areas of board fundamentals and new board member orientation

Community Involvement

The DCCCD chancellor is actively involved in the community. His current and past activities include:

  • Chairman of the board of trustees for the African American Museum
  • Immediate past board chair and senior director of the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Texas
  • Board member for several other organizations, including the YMCA Foundation, DBU Foundation and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Foundation

In 2002, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council to the National Endowment for the Humanities. He previously served as a commissioner for the United States Commission on Minority Business Development and as a member of the Texas Council for the Humanities.

Lassiter is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Management at DBU and holds an honorary doctor of humanities degree from that institution. In 1995, he was elected to the Indiana University Academy of Alumni Fellows by the IU Kelley School of Business, and he also served a six-year term on the board of advisors for the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Honors and Awards

Lassiter has received a number of honors and awards, including:

  • Election to the inaugural class of the African American Educators Hall of Fame in Dallas
  • One of 47 international educators selected to participate in the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in 2005
  • J. Erik Jonsson Award for Volunteer Service and Above and Beyond Award from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • George B. Allen Award from YMCA of Dallas for distinguished volunteer service
  • Pacesetter of the Year Award for marketing excellence from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations
  • Johnnie Ruth Clark Award for excellence in community college administration from the National Council on Black American Affairs of the American Association of Community Colleges