Dean Chapman and his bust

Chapman Bust Unveiling 

Homecoming morning marked a celebration of Julius Chapman, who served as TU’s first dean of minority affairs from 1969 to 1981. Alumni from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Iota Epsilon Chapter funded the bronze bust of Chapman and surprised him with the unveiling. Omega Psi Phi brothers Paul-Sean Gray Sr. ’88, Terris Andre King ’84, ’18, Zanes Cypress Jr. ’79 and Bishop Kevia Elliott ’84—all of whom were integral to the event’s planning—spoke during the program. The event coincided with the 50th anniversaries of the Black Student Union, the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Center for Student Diversity, which were established during Chapman’s tenure.

His guidance helped a group of 12 TU students pledge and receive a charter to create the Iota Epsilon chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. His interest in advancing and improving the African American student experience led to the creation of every Greek-lettered African American fraternity and sorority chartered at TU. With Chapman’s leadership, the TU chapters of the Pan-Hellenic Council, a collaborative council of nine historically African American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, were chartered. Countless students have benefited from his dedication.

Dean Chapman Honorarium

The Dean Chapman Honorarium was created to honor and celebrate Chapman’s legacy while supporting funds that advance education for diverse students and encourage an inclusive campus environment.

These include the Barnes–Harris Scholarship Endowment, the Towson Promise Scholarship and the Institutional Equity and Excellence Fund. More than $5,000 has been raised through the honorarium. 

Kirsten Holmes

Kirsten Holmes ’23

Recipient, Barnes–Harris Scholarship Endowment

“You have given me a chance at a higher education, and words cannot express how much this means to me. I will use this scholarship to make change, inspire younger generations and advocate for those who can’t do it for themselves.”

Leah Cox

Leah Cox

Vice President of Inclusion & Institutional Equity

“While TU is moving in a direction that creates a more inclusive environment, we have Dr. Chapman to thank for laying the groundwork. He is an inspiration to me and to so many at TU who continue the work he began.”


Celisa Carver ’21

Recipient, Towson Promise Scholarship

“Thank you. I am very appreciative of your scholarship support. I am a college student, working two part-time jobs and going to school full-time. This scholarship is a great, unexpected help. Thank you again.”

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