HCC confirms Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz as Trustee for District IV

May 15, 2015

Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Ed.D. has been confirmed as the newest member of the Board of Trustees at Houston Community College, representing District IV. She replaces Carroll Robinson who resigned his post as of April 30 to pursue other interests.

After taking the oath of office during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Evans-Shabazz joined other Trustees at the Board table. She will, according to Texas Election Code, serve as the representative for District IV until the next regular trustee election in November.

As the Board congratulated Dr. Evans-Shabazz, Chairman Zeph Capo said, “We greatly appreciate the work of the committee members who worked diligently over the past two weeks to interview and recommend a candidate to fill this position. I look forward to working with Dr. Evans-Shabazz and know the rest of the board will assist me in bringing her up to speed with the great things happening at Houston Community College.”

The selection committee was comprised of five members who live within the boundaries of District IV. They were tasked with reviewing and interviewing each of the five individuals who had submitted their resumes. The committee, comprised of Elma Barrera, Jolanda Jones, Judy Long, Ramon Manning, and Beryl Shorter, made their recommendation to the Board that resulted in the confirmation of Dr. Evans-Shabazz.

“I have a passion for making a difference for families and children and know that a strong focus must be placed on providing a means of employability for our students who in turn will become productive parents and, or contributing members of this great city and society and thus become the catalyst for the preservation and revitalization of families and the economy of this city,” said Dr. Evans-Shabazz. “The success of this college benefits the educational and economic climate of our entire city.”

Education has been a high priority in her life. Not only is Dr. Evans-Shabazz the daughter of the late Edward B. “Doc” Evans, former coach of the Jack Yates lion’s basketball team and the late Catherine Williams Evans, a teacher in the Houston Independent School District, but she is also the granddaughter of the first president of Prairie View University, Dr. Edward Bertram Evans, Sr.

A graduate of Spelman College with a degree in Political Science, she also received her Master’s degree in Psychology and Doctorate in Education (Counselor Education) from Texas Southern University. Currently a real estate professional trained at HCC, Dr. Evans-Shabazz has been a teacher and Lead Evaluation Specialist with Houston ISD, an educational diagnostician with both Aldine and Fort Bend ISDs, and an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University.

She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the NAACP-Houston branch where she served as Chair of the Education Committee. Active in the community, Dr. Evans-Shabazz enjoys addressing issues that bring equality for all people.

“We look forward to having Dr. Evans-Shabazz on the Board,” said Dr. Cesar Maldonado, HCC Chancellor. “We believe she will do a great job representing the people in District IV.”

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