2023 Johnny Houston Lecture
Dr. Houston received his PhD in Mathematics at Purdue University in 1974, after earning a BS at Morehouse College and an MS at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). In 1969 he was one of the founders of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center. That same year he was one of the founding members of the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), a professional society promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences among underrepresented minority groups, and in particular African Americans.
Dr. Houston served as the Executive Secretary of NAM from 1975 until 2000. Dr. Houston’s first postdoctoral position was at Atlanta University, after which he became the Calloway Professor of Computer Science at Fort Valley State. In 1984 he became Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), and was named a Senior Research Professor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at ECSU in 1988. He received the 1999 NAM Lifetime Achievement Award.
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