Dr. O’Hara Lanier
- As first president of Texas State University for Negroes, faced opposition from the majority-white board and out-side cities who feared his popularity and determination to elevate African Americans.
- There was also debate within the community regarding whether the school should exist or not, as it was created to protect segregation.
- Oversaw the transformation of the university into a nationality recognized institution, recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and Texas Department Of Education.
- The university also received full membership in the Association of Texas Colleges.
- In 1949, the Law School became nationally recognized.
- The university received accreditation by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in 1953, two years after receiving its new name, Texas Southern University.