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Tuskegee University President Dr. Brian L. Johnson out by Board of Trustees

Dr. Brian L. Johnson

TUSKEGEE, AL – The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees has announced that President Dr. Brian L. Johnson will conclude his service as the university’s president on June 30, 2017. This coincides with the end date of his current annual contract.

“We appreciate Dr. Johnson’s service to Tuskegee University and wish him well in all his future endeavors. His enthusiastic leadership will continue to be an asset to him and his career,” said John E. Page, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Tuskegee University is well positioned for greater success because of the combined contributions of its senior leadership, gifted faculty, hardworking staff, accomplished students, and committed alumni and friends.”

According to Diverse Education, Dr. Johnson’s ending of contract comes in conclude of several trustee members were angry to learn that Johnson interviewed for the chancellor position at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), located in his hometown of Durham, N.C. He is reportedly a finalist for the job.

During Dr. Johnson’s tenure, Tuskegee University had made strides in accomplishing many of its strategic goals. Chief among those achievements is the adoption of a five-year strategic plan; additional student engagement and leadership opportunities; and advances in expanding academic offerings.

Dr. Charlotte Morris

The board has appointed Dr. Charlotte Morris to serve as interim president beginning July 1 and until a successor is selected through a national search to begin later this summer. An experienced higher education leader with three decades of distinguished university service, Dr. Morris has served most recently as interim dean of the university’s Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science and professor of management.

Her academic leadership and previous service as interim president following the retirement of President Benjamin Payton has earned her the respect of the board, faculty, staff, alumni and university partners. Joseph Grasso, a senior trustee, offered strong support for Dr. Morris’ leadership abilities.

Her academic leadership and previous service as interim president following the retirement of President Benjamin Payton has earned her the respect of the board, faculty, staff, alumni and university partners. Joseph Grasso, a senior trustee, offered strong support for Dr. Morris’ leadership abilities.

“I am honored by the Board of Trustee’s request to serve Tuskegee University as its interim president,” Dr. Morris said. “Thanks to the dedication and tenacity of our incredible faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, we will continue to bull on the “Tuskegee Tradition.” I am as committed as ever to advancing our focus on students through excellence in academics, research, service and outreach.”

Together, the Board of Trustees and the Tuskegee University leadership remain focused on advancing the university’s existing strategic plan, which includes creating a student-centered culture, integrating modern academic approaches, managing resources effectively, increasing enrollment, and expanding private philanthropy.

“My fellow trustees and I look forward to working with Dr. Morris and the university’s leadership in continuing to sustain our achievements and meet our goals, Page said.

In the coming weeks, the board will announce the selection of a search committee that will be tasked with identifying potential presidential candidates.

 

 

About Tuskegee University

Located in Tuskegee, Ala., Tuskegee University is a private and state-related land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is one of 107 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationally and the fourth-ranked HBCU nationally by U.S. News and World Report. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit www.tuskegee.edu.

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