Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young

Vice President - Research and Sponsored Programs


Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young Tennessee State University was appointed 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 formulation. Additionally, she provides oversight for the research process, education and creative thinking, as well as promotes the creation of an environment that encourages and supports leading-edge scholarly research.

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, where she served in several other capacities, 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.

A recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, she has been the principal investigator and co-PI on many public and private grants totaling several million dollars. A prolific writer, Dr. Crumpton-Young has published and co-published several articles on engineering leadership, innovation and STEM education.

Dr. Crumpton-Young, who is also responsible for patents, copyrights, and technology transfers at TSU, holds a Ph.D., an M.S. and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University.