Alex was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up there during the civil rights era. Growing up his grandmother always emphasized the importance of education and having a commitment to excellence. He attended Alabama A & M University, an HBCU, and received a B.S. degree in Mathematics & Physics and completed advanced studies in computer programming at North Carolina State University during his time in the U.S. Army.
Alex Brown, C.P.M., is the former Chief Procurement Officer and Corporate Vice President at GlobalFoundries, a global manufacturer of semiconductor wafers. In this role he was responsible for the strategic vision and operational execution of GlobalFoundries’ worldwide supply management organizations. During his more than 30 year career in Supply Chain Management and Engineering, he has held a variety of leadership positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Texas Instruments, Xerox and ST Microelectronics. He joined GlobalFoundries in 2015 after more than 25 years at AMD.
Alex’s work afforded him the opportunity to travel the world where he saw many different cultures and educational systems. This contributed to him serving in volunteer roles as a past Board Chairman and current member of the Austin Community College District Foundation Board (ACC), current Vice Chairman of the St. David’s Medical Center Board, a past member of the board of directors for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and past chairman of the Austin Area Urban League board. He also served as the Chairman of Advanced Micro Devices’ corporate foundation for more than 10 years. He has also served on many electronics industry boards and has written and published several industry articles. Alex is now serving in the role of President of the Austin Kappa Education Leadership Foundation (AKELF).
Lawrence Britton, Jr. is a native of Austin, TX and attended the public school system in Austin.
He graduated from St. Edward’s University in 1975 with a BA in History and received his M.Ed. Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision with Emphasis in Elementary Curriculum from Prairie View A & M University in 1982. He continued his post graduate studies by completing his Mid-Management Certification in 1983 and Counseling Certification in 1986 from Prairie View A & M University.
Britton has served as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator in the Texas public school system for over four decades.
He was initiated into the Austin Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1983 and has served the fraternity in several leadership positions on the local and provincial level.
Britton has been a member of professional organizations such as the National Association Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Austin Association of Public School Administrators, and Austin Association of Black School Educators.
He has been very active in his church for many years by being a member of several choirs, participating in Sunday School and Discipleship Training, being part of the Brotherhood, serving on the Church Finance Committee, and currently is the Finance Committee Chairman for Men’s Day.
From “The Bridge Builder” by Will Allen Dromgoole
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, “there followeth after me today, a youth whose feet must pass this way; this chasm that has been naught to me, to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be; he too must cross in the twilight dim, good friend I am building this bridge for him.”
CHARLES E. REID, jR.
Charles E. Reid, Jr., is a native of San Diego, California. He attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration degree. He holds a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from USD as well. In the Spring of 1975 Charles was an initiate of San Diego State University’s Delta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. USD did not have an active Kappa chapter on its campus, so Charles participated in the SDSU initiate program.
Charles worked in the State of Nevada Gaming Industry, and held many management level auditor and accounting positions in the public and private sector before moving into education full-time in 1998. Charles actually began working in the field of education in 1983 as a part-time Adjunct Accounting Instructor but made a career change to work full-time with youth in the field of Education, in part, because of what he believes and K. Patricia Cross said;
“The tough problem is not identifying winners, it is making winners out of ordinary people.
That, after all, is the overwhelming purpose of education.”
Charles’ career in education spanned over 35 years and encompassed teaching experiences at the Middle School, High School, Adult School, and Community College District level.
Charles is an active member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Austin Alumni Chapter and served in various leadership roles within the San Diego Alumni Kappa Chapter as a member of its Board of Directors, Golf Committee, Senior Kappa’s Group, and was the Chairman of the Founders’ Day Committee.
Charles retired in 2018 as a California educator and moved to Texas to be closer to family. This retirement was short lived as Charles currently works for Liberty Hill ISD assisting students to develop good decision-making strategies and to achieve their academic goal milestones.
Henry E. Darrington grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma in the home of loving parents. He is son of a strong Baptist deacon who provided an amazing role model with an emphasis on the church and family. His parents promoted the need for an education and strong moral fiber. Henry attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma finishing within 3 years. With a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Henry moved to Texas in 1975.
Henry was initiated into the Austin Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in 1980 and served in multiple leadership roles including Polemarch, Keeper of Records and Board of Directors. He is also a Life Member of the fraternity.
Henry Darrington began his employment in state government. He has spent most of his career in health and human service agencies that provide a broad spectrum of services to vulnerable citizens within the State of Texas. He has held various positions: auditor, financial analyst, program director, branch managers and director.
As a branch manager, Henry spent four years at the Texas Highway Department with oversight of construction payments to highway contractors and performed the draw of federal highway funds. He currently is a branch manager with the Health and Human Services Commission in a Quality Management Unit providing oversight of Texas mental health and substance use service contractors.
Henry was the Director of Prevention and Early Intervention (DPEI). DPEI focused on stopping bad outcomes before they happened. The program works to help families and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, runaway youth and truancy. During this period, he was selected by the Governor to a membership of the Texas Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee. His work with DPEI and observing other community needs, provides an excellent experience for his position of board member for a foundation that support youth development
Darrin Duffin spent his formative years in the small town of Port Gibson, Mississippi surrounded and nurtured by a large Christian family and a host of dedicated educators and community leaders. It was there that he realized and developed strengths in academics, music, athletics and leadership.
Darrin was inducted into the Alpha Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the Fall of 1984 and went on to hold several offices in the undergraduate chapter from Strategus to President. His passion for community service was always evident through his involvement and leadership in numerous Guide Right initiatives.
Darrin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA and later earned a Software Engineering Master’s degree from Walden University - National Technologies School of Engineering.
In a long successful career, Darrin has worked at several Fortune 500 technology companies including IBM and Motorola as a design engineer, technical lead and manager. He also has received patents as a chip designer. He currently serves as design quality consultant for NXP Semiconductor, Inc. and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
Darrin’s life in the fraternity has come full circle by the induction of his son, Austin Duffin, into the same Alpha Sigma chapter during the 2019 Spring semester. Early in his fraternal life, Darrin was also blessed to induct his brother, Morise Duffin, Jr., into the Alpha Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as well.
As a graduate, Darrin has been active in Lexington (KY) and Austin (TX) alumni chapters where he has served multiple terms on the chapter boards. As from the beginning, Darrin has always exercised his passion for community service by leveraging Guide Right initiatives like Kappa League where he currently holds the office of Associate Director.
Brice Dudley, Sr is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana where he lived until the late 1980s. Brice was primarily raised by his mother and maternal grandmother as his father passed away when he was a young teenager. After graduating high school, he accepted a Reserve Officer’s Training Corp scholarship and attend Southern University and A&M College, a Historically Black College/University located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While attending the university, Brice was initiated into the Alpha Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc in the Spring of 1991. In 1993, he graduated college with a B.S. degree in Accounting and simultaneously was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army; an Army Aviator.
During his eight years in the military, Brice and his family lived in southern Alabama, northern New York near the Canadian border, and three years in Germany which allowed him to gain a unique experience and perspective on cultures within the United State and abroad as he visited numerous European countries. Prior to transitioning out of the military, he obtained his master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
In 2001, Brice relocated to Round Rock, Texas and began a 20-year career with Dell Technologies. While at Dell, he had the opportunity to lead teams and initiatives spanning across Sales, Sales Support, Sales Operations, Retail Operations, Mobility, Global Operations and the Supply Chain. Brice departed Dell in 2021 and is currently leading the global demand planning organization for Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE).
Over the years, Brice has enjoyed giving back to the community as a youth sports coach, youth mentor, and various other volunteer activities. He’s served Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc on the local and state level as local chapter president, board member, fundraising chair, secretary, and treasurer. He currently serves on the state level as the secretary and treasurer. He has been financially supporting the Foundation’s youth engagement programs since its inception.
Brice has been married for over 20 years and has two adult sons. He is a member of the Sweet Home (The Pinnacle of Praise) Baptist Church of Round Rock, Texas where he serves as an usher and as a pillar lead for their men’s ministry. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and traveling with his family.
Robert Baker is a native of Detroit, MI. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1992. He is a spring 1986 initiate of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Robert has held numerous leadership roles within manufacturing. Beginning at General Motors as a Process Engineer, Maintenance Manager, Manufacturing Superintendent, to Plant Management within the food and beverage industry. Robert has been an advocate for process development, leadership development and building cross-functional work groups capable of solving their own problems throughout his career.
Robert has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion within the workplace since the start of his professional career. He’s recruited qualified and diverse candidates for career opportunities from HBCU’s and organizations such as National Society of Black Engineers, Urban League, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and National Black MBA Association.
Robert previously served as President for the Alpha Beta Chapter as well as numerous committees while a member of the Detroit Alumni Chapter.
As a man of faith, Robert is a member of Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church and attributes his life's successes to his trust in God and compassion for people.
Bobby Scruggs is a native of Decatur, AL, but spent most of his developmental years growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. Bobby was initiated into the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Ohio University in 1979. He graduated in 1982 with a BBA Degree in Marketing.
Since graduating from Ohio University, Bobby has held several Sales Management and Business Development positions of increasing responsibilities with Fortune 500 companies such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber, BP Oil, Frito-Lay (PepsiCo), and Colgate-Palmolive.
Bobby is currently President & CEO of Scruggs Family Holdings, Inc. His company locally owns and operates FirstLight Home Care of Austin.
He joined the AKELF Board of Directors in 2014 and served as Treasurer for the Foundation through 2020.
Scruggs previously served on the Board of Directors for the Diamond Foundation while he was a member of the New Brunswick (NJ) Alumni Chapter from 2010-2012.
Bobby attributes his career success to living by this simple, but powerful operating philosophy:
“I believe that God will provide me with everything that I want in this life, if I’m willing to help others to get what they want.”