We are delighted to announce that MMUF Brian Johnson, who was originally selected as an MMUF fellow as an undergraduate at Johnson C. Smith University, has been chosen by Tuskegee University as its seventh president. Brian, who currently holds a joint appointment as Interim Vice President of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Provost/Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University, earned his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina in 2003. Following the completion of his doctorate, Brian held faculty and administrative positions at Gordon College, Claflin University and his alma mater Johnson C. Smith University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including two on W.E.B. DuBois (the subject of his doctoral thesis) and an institutional history of Johnson C. Smith University.
Brian is the second MMUF PhD to attain the rank of college president, following the appointment in 2013 of Sean Decatur to the presidency of Kenyon College. At 40, Brian is one of the youngest presidents appointed by an HBCU in recent years. Our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Brian as he assumes his new role!