Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young, Tennessee State University, was appointed Associate Vice President
for Research and Sponsored Programs effective June 1, 2014. Dr. Crumpton-Young serves as
the University’s Chief Research Officer and assists the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the
development of the vision, direction, and guidance of the University’s research mission and policy
Dr. Crumpton-Young holds a Ph. D., an M. S. and a B. S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M
University. An industrial engineer by training, Dr. Crumpton-Young has had a long experience as a
professor, a research scientist, and a university administrator. Prior to her recent role as Director of
the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Central Florida, she was the Associate
Provost at Texas A&M University; Program Director in the Education and Human Resource Directorate
of the National Science Foundation; and Associate Dean of Engineering at Mississippi State University.
As a prolific writer, Dr. Crumpton-Young has published and co-published several articles on engineering
leadership, innovation and STEM education.