Two African American Women Who Are Taking on New Duties as Deans

Amy Tillerson-Brown, a professor of history, is the new dean of the Mary Baldwin College for Women at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. She joined the faculty at the university in 2004. Her most recent scholarly research analyses the activism of Black women in Prince Edward County before and during the public school crisis of the 1950s and 60s.

“This is an exciting opportunity with many possibilities,” Dr. Tillerson-Brown said. “The Mary Baldwin College for Women is valuable as it represents the university’s historic identity as a women’s liberal arts college. I look forward to working with students, alumni, and other stakeholders to develop a distinctive curriculum with co-curricular programming that will distinguish the College for Women and transform the lives of those touched by her influence.”

Professor Tillerson-Brown holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech. She earned a Ph.D. at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Chandrika Johnson has been appointed as the interim dean of the College of Education at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Dr. Johnson is a professor of health education in the department of health, physical, and secondary education at the university.

“I’m excited at the opportunity to work with the College of Education to fulfill FSU’s mission of training outstanding future educators and graduates,” said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She earned a master of public health degree in community health education from the University of Tennessee and a  Ph.D. in health education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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