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James W. Crawford III Named the Sole Finalist for Texas Southern Presidency




Texas Southern University has announced that James W. Crawford III, a retired Vice Admiral and Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy and former President of Felician University, is the sole finalist for its next President. Crawford served as interim President at Felician University in 2020 before being appointed to the post permanently in 2021.


The official announcement states, “…Crawford served in the United States Navy for more than 30 years, retiring as a Vice Admiral and its 43rd Judge Advocate General (JAG). He has served as the head of the Naval Legal Service Command, legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and commander of NATO Rule of Law Field Support, Afghanistan. Crawford served under six Presidents and was Lead Counsel for the principal military advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was a trusted voice for the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and Secretaries of Defense Robert M. Gates and Leon Panetta. As the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Crawford led 2,400 judge advocates, enlisted employees, and civilian employees of the Navy’s global legal organization. He is the recipient of numerous military awards, including two Distinguished Service Medals.”


Crawford earned a JD from the University of North Carolina, and LLM in ocean and coastal law from the University of Miami, and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.


Texas Southern University anticipates a May 2024 start date for President-designate Crawford.

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