Shaw University in North Carolina Appoints Two Women to Dean Positions

Historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina has two new deans.

Valerie A. Johnson is serving as dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. Dr. Johnson most recently was the Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and director of African Women’s Studies at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. Earlier, Dr. Johnson was an assistant professor of African & Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Johnson is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lynette I. Wood is the new dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. Before joining Shaw University, Dr. Wood served as a professor of accounting at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Dr. Wood also has served on the faculties of Virginia Tech and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Wood is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, where she majored in accounting. She holds a master’s degree in management from the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Dr. Woods was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in accounting from Indiana University.


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  1. Monica Young says:

    I am so very proud to see these two women as Deans. I own a home health agency in Texas , Devoted Assistance Home Care. My mom is a dean of dentistry. Young ladies cannot be what they cannot see. Get as much exposure as possible! You are both my sheroes. Congratulations! I wish you the best! Monica Lacy Young

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