Medgar Evers College, CUNY Appoints Dr. Howard C. Johnson Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

Brooklyn, NY, August 18, 2009 --( Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York (CUNY) announces the appointment of Dr. Howard C. Johnson as Interim Senior Vice President and Provost, effective August 17, 2009. A national search will be launched shortly for a permanent Senior Vice President and Provost.

“Dr. Johnson is a highly respected educator and skilled administrator with an exemplary record of academic service,” said Dr. William L. Pollard, President of Medgar Evers College.”His appointment shall ensure a smooth transition and outstanding leadership for the future of the College.”

Prior to coming to Medgar Evers College, Dr. Johnson held a number of crucial leadership positions in higher education. He most recently served as Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Texas (UNT) where he had earlier held the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior posts at Syracuse University included Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, as well as Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education.

During his tenure as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UNT, Dr. Johnson initiated a strategic hiring and salary enhancement plan that yielded $6 million in faculty raises and thirty-four tenure track position over the course of two years. While serving as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Syracuse, he was charged with increasing faculty diversity and played a pivotal role in the recruitment, retention, and mentoring of over fifty-five African- American and Latino faculty and professional staff members.

“For years, I have dedicated myself to building stellar faculty rosters that best serve the needs of students,” said Dr. Johnson. “I am gratified by this opportunity to help forge the academic legacy of a new administration in an institution as exceptional as Medgar Evers College.”

Dr. Johnson’s expertise has been tapped in the national, state, regional and local arenas. He is a frequent conference participant and has been a presenter at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual and regional meetings, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. As a respected researcher and program developer, he has published several, noted textbooks with Harcourt and Addison-Wesley, as well as articles, chapters, and instructional materials.

Dr. Johnson has authored grants that resulted in sponsorship by the Associated Medical Schools of New York State, New York State Department of Education, Science and Technology Entry Program, the National Science Foundation for the Young Scholars Program, and the GE Foundation. He has further served as principal investigator for a $5.5 million dollar, 5-year project- The Central New York to Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (CNY-PR) Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), funded by the National Science Foundation and a $614,925 dollar, 3-year Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Johnson is a member of several professional and learned societies. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and as President of the Benjamin Banneker Association. He was a member of the boards of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Council of Graduate Schools. He also has served as both President and Vice President of the Association of Graduate Schools. He is a consultant and participant in several educational research groups as well as remaining actively engaged in state and community organizations.

Dr. Johnson, a nationally renowned mathematics scholar, received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from Chicago State University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Dr. Denise Johnson, are the parents of two sons.

Medgar Evers College
Christopher Hundley