Dr. Demetrius Johnson

BOWIE, MD – Bowie State University, a historically black public university, names Dr. Demetrius Johnson as the new vice president for student affairs after a national search.

Dr. Johnson, who shares the namesake of the President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund, joins Bowie State as a member of the executive leadership team on June 15. He has extensive experience in student development, crisis prevention, residence life, judicial affairs, emergency management, policy development, student support services and student retention. He excels in creating partnerships with faculty, working to increased enrollment, executing new initiatives and driving student and organizational success. His background includes focused work with a variety of student populations, including commuters, students of color, veterans, international students and first-generation students. As an educator focused on student outcomes, he has worked to deepen the student experience and drive student success throughout his career.

Dr. Johnson is a higher education professional with more than 20 years of diverse experience in student development and support services.

“Dr. Demetrius Johnson brings a broad breadth and depth of experiences to lead the Division of Student Affairs in support of student development,” said Aminta H. Breaux, Bowie State University President. “I look forward to having Dr. Johnson join the senior leadership team and helping to guide the university toward a bright future as we continue our Racing to Excellence strategic plan.”

Most recently, Dr. Johnson served as associate vice president for student engagement and earlier as the dean of student success at Marymount University, where he helped improve the six-year retention rate through innovative programs and services. He developed campus-wide learning outcomes and a co-curricular transcript, as well as expanded the Career Services programs to increase the number of students who landed internships and jobs.

He was also the dean of student affairs/director of residential life at Dillard University, where he helped to increase the residential population, boost the number of student organizations and implemented a new student leadership training and recruitment program. As the director of the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Iowa and the assistant site director for several master’s degree programs at Troy State University, he increased new student enrollment through targeted recruitment and improved the overall student experience through specialized engagement efforts.

“I am honored and excited to join the Bowie State University family. I am very eager to begin working with the faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Johnson. “Most urgently, I will focus on finding ways to know and support students. Bowie State University is will positioned to continue changing and transforming the lives of students. I am excited to join this effort and serve the students of BSU.”

Firmly grounded in student development theory and practice, Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate of management in organizational leadership from the University of Pheonix, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augustana College. In spring 2021, he will complete a Doctor of Philosophy in leadership and organizational behavior from the University of the Cumberlands.


About Bowie State University

Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from a diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit www.bowiestate.edu.

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