National Institute on Aging

Dorothy Cowser Yancy Honored by Johnson C. Smith University

Dr-Yancy-photoJohnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has paid tribute to its president emerita Dorothy Cowser Yancy by naming the new Information and Technology Hall in her honor.

Dr. Yancy served as president of the university from 1994 to 2008. She is the only woman to have served as president of the historically Black university. During her tenure she tripled the university’s endowed and brought Johnson C. Smith into the technology age.

After stepping down as president of Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Yancy served as president of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A native of Alabama, Dr. Yancy is an alumna of Johnson C. Smith University. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in political science from Atlanta University.


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  1. Belvie H. Brice says:

    Dear Dr. Yancy,
    Your niece, Mrs.Tristicia Cowser is a colleague of mine where I serve as the Executive Director of the Gadsden/Etowah County Head Start/Early Head Start Program. I noticed on the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education website an announcement that you were being honored by Johnson C. Smith University with a building being named after you. I just wanted to take a minute to say a hearty CONGRATULATIONS and to say “You Go Alabama Girl.” Congratulations too for all the wonderful work you did as President of both Johnson C. Smith and Shaw Universities. May you live long and May our God continue to bless you in even more wonderful ways.
    Belvie H. Brice, D.Min.

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