President's Message

President Dwight J. Fennell Portrait

Dear Prospective Students and Friends:

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Texas College. You are invited to become a part of an educational experience that embraces academic, spiritual and professional growth opportunities. At the “heart” of our mission, is the obligation to “…ensure that the student body experiences balanced intellectual, psychological, social and spiritual development, aimed at enabling them to become active productive members of society where they live and work.” This commitment remains at the core of our purpose.

Texas College was founded as a historically black college in 1894 and is a coed, independent, four-year liberal arts institution. As an ethnically diverse liberal arts institution, you will gain the theoretical and foundational preparations designed to propel you into a major (and/or minors) that will equip you for graduate and/or professional schools, as well as the world of work.

We are a valuable economic engine in the city of Tyler, generating substantial economic returns consistently, year after year. According to a study commissioned by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and conducted by The University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, Texas College generates $25 million in total economic impact for its local and regional economies. Further, the College has generated 282 jobs for its local and regional communities. For example, the 101 Texas College graduates in the year 2014 can expect total earnings of $243 million over their lifetimes—that is 67 percent more than they could have expected to earn without college credentials. Education is important and an investment in Texas College is an investment in your future and respective communities.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Texas College family, as we have expanded the physical plant to enhance the living-learning environments for the benefit of our students and staffs. Additionally, the community surrounding the campus has now been recognized by the City of Tyler as the Texas College District. Further, our academic and student programs are engaging; creating an atmosphere to excel and become successful in life. We invite you to join the Texas College Family.


Dwight J. Fennell, Sr.