Presidential Search

Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees of Johnson C. Smith University announce of the search for the 15th President of the university. Steven L. Boyd, Chair, Board of Trustees, will serve as chair of the presidential search committee.


The search committee invites the entire JCSU community to provide feedback for the search process. Regular updates on the search process will be provided on the Presidential Search website and via email.

Search Partner

WittKieffer, a national search firm with substantial experience in presidential and executive searches in higher education, is assisting with the search. Christine J. Pendleton, consultant, will lead the WittKieffer team with Darrien Davenport, Ed.D. and Jevon Walton. This team brings deep experience in executive search with HBCUs and liberal arts institutions.

Search Committee

Trustee Steven L. Boyd '79

Steven L. Boyd, Chair

Search Committee and Chair, Board of Trustees

Dr. Anita Bledsoe-Gardner

President, Faculty Senate
Trustee Christy S. Bryant ‘75

Christy S. Bryant

Secretary, Board of Trustees
 Janice Dupré

Janice Dupré

James Ely III ‘88

James Ely III

Malcolm Graham ’85

Malcolm Graham

Charlotte City Council, District 2
Trustee Michael Jones

Michael Jones


Mike Lamach

Dr. Karen D. Morgan

Dr. Karen D. Morgan

Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Hamilton Raymond

Director, Admissions

Anticipated Search Timeline

Leadership profile describing ideal candidate and summarizing priorities for the next President is distributed

Consultants engage in vigorous outreach and recruiting

Search committee conducts preliminary interviews and selects finalists

Finalists are interviewed

Board elects President and makes public announcement

New President takes office

Leadership Profile

A written profile describing the key institutional needs and priorities and a related set of desired characteristics and talents for the next President can be found on the WittKieffer website.

Nominate a Candidate

Nominations of candidates for consideration are welcome from all members of the Johnson C. Smith University community. Please submit all nominations via email to Additionally, we invite you to share your opinions and suggestions about the search through this email address.