Effective July 20, 2015, Barbara Wilks will transition to the Human Resources department in the role of director of Talent Management. Ms. Wilks will collaborate with senior leadership to develop and implement programs to attract, engage and retain exceptional employees by enhancing on-boarding, training, professional development, employee engagement and recognition.
Johnson C. Smith University is merging departments to create the Division of Academic and Student Support Services to better provide undergraduate and graduate programs, services and activities that enhance and promote the total educational experience as well as contribute to the achievement of teaching and learning outcomes for JCSU students.
JCSU has created a new comprehensive program designed to connect first-year students to the University. The University College puts emphasis on entering traditional undergraduates and impacts all students at the University by developing students’ communication, reasoning, leadership and career skills. The college operates the First-Experience, the Biddle Institute, the Foundations Liberal Studies, and the Center for Metacognitive Variables. Dr. Antonio Henley is the Dean of University College.
Dr. Cathy Jones has been appointed as the Associate Dean of First-Year Experience, joining Dr. Antonio Henley in launching University College, JCSU’s educational platform to enhance academic potential with a focus on students’ strengths that build a foundation for global leadership. As the associate dean, Jones will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of activities and initiatives that improve student retention and persistence and for scaffolding the college’s academic achievement and support programs.
Trumpets, drums and shouts of joy greeted the graduating Class of 2015 during Johnson C. Smith University’s 143rd Commencement Exercises on May 17. The University awarded 262 degrees as nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner addressed the graduates, family and friends who packed Irwin Belk Complex.
National Management Corporation’s contract with Johnson C. Smith University will end on June 30, 2015. Facilities and maintenance services will become functions of the University on July 1, 2015. National Management employees will have the opportunity to apply to become University employees. This cost-saving measure will make vital resources available to JCSU.
The normally quiet campus of Johnson C. Smith University was affected by a shooting that occurred on campus at approximately 2:15 a.m. on April 19, 2015. A student sitting in a car on campus was struck by a round when a suspect began firing a weapon. The student, who was not targeted, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. JCSU Campus Police, in conjunction with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), restored order to the campus immediately.
Johnson C. Smith University formally recognized President Emeritus Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy with the April 11 naming ceremony of the Information and Technology Hall in her honor. The first and only woman to be appointed president in JCSU’s 148-year history, she has become revered as our “Technology President.”
Johnson C. Smith University Campus Police Department is hosting an informational session on “What to Do when Confronted by Police” at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 in the Family Dollar Room of New Residence Hall. The campus police department places great value on maintaining positive police-community relations, and having interactions resolved without pointless conflict, injury or death to either a student or a police officer.