Morehouse Alum Named First African American Chancellor Of UMass Dartmouth

Date Released: March 22, 2017

Morehouse College alumnus Dr. Robert E. Johnson ‘82 was recently named as the new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He will be the first African American to lead the campus of nearly 9,000 students.

Dr. Johnson currently serves as president of Becker College in Worcester, Mass.

He was tapped to lead UMass’ Dartmouth Campus because of his ability to turn around colleges with declining enrollments. Dr. Johnson has served at Becker College since 2010 and has successfully boosted enrollment at the institution of higher learning.

UMass President Martin Meehan told the Boston Business Journal that he believes Dr. Johnson is a "change agent" who has the ability to inspire the Dartmouth campus. UMass Dartmouth has faced two consecutive years of enrollment declines. The campus currently enrolls about 7,300 undergraduate students and 1,600 graduate students.

Meehan recommended Dr. Johnson to the UMass Board of Trustees saying that Dr. Johnson “elevated the reputation of [Becker College] " and became "deeply ingrained in the Worcester region's business and civic community.”

Dr. Johnson is a noteworthy motivational speaker who tours the country speaking to audiences about leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship, among other topics.

He has more than 25 years of experience as a college administrator. Dr. Johnson formerly served as the senior vice president of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; the vice president of enrollment management at the University of Dayton; the vice provost of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.; and the executive director of enrollment management at Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio.

Dr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Morehouse College. He received his master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate in higher education administration from Touro University International.

Dr. Johnson serves on the boards of a number of state and local organizations in Massachusetts. He is married to Michelle Jones-Johnson. They have two children, Jasmine and Alex.


Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 13:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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