AGB Search assists Morris Brown College in recruiting new rector

July 15, 2021 – As the pandemic begins to subside in the United States and organizations collectively begin to recover, colleges and universities across the country are opening up research that, if all goes according to plan, will allow high-level leaders to take on a new era of fundraising, digitization, sport and, increasingly, globalization, not to mention a pandemic and post-pandemic era. A national recruitment agency, AGB Search, has become a magnet for such assignments. Most recently, the Washington, DC-based recruiter appointed Anthony B. Johnson as the new president and senior vice president of academic affairs at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Consultant Gwendolyn E. Boyd led the mission.

“As we continue to work on the hard reset, we are delighted to have Dr. Johnson,” said Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College. “He has extensive experience leading historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through accreditation, student advancement, governance, fiscal stability, and academic affairs. I welcome him to my leadership team to bring the academic department of Morris Brown College and its programs to the next level in our history.


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Dr Johnson brings to Morris Brown College extensive administrative experience having served in a wide range of higher education institutions, including HBCUs. This experience includes the development and implementation of program accreditation and review processes, procedures, assessment and accountability. Dr Johnson previously served as Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Director of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AK; associate vice president for academic affairs and associate professor at Grambling State University in Grambling, LA; and Associate Dean and Associate Dean of Howard University’s School of Education, Washington, DC. Dr Johnson has also served as Assessment Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Grambling State University and a Distinguished Faculty Member at the Summer Teachers’ Institute sponsored by Florida International University.

Morris Brown College was founded by once enslaved religious leaders at Big Bethel AME Church in 1881, and it is the first college in Georgia to be owned and operated by African Americans. The iconic Fountain Hall and current Morris Brown campus is where WEB Du Bois wrote The Souls of Black Folk in 1903. Notable alumni include Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Alan McPherson, the first black writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Serving universities

AGB Search, which specializes in higher education leadership, searches for college and university presidents, chancellors, rectors, vice presidents, deans, university system directors and CEOs of advice on coordination and associated foundations. The firm was founded by the Association of University and College Boards of Directors (AGB) in 2010.


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Dr Boyd joined AGB Search in 2017 as an executive search consultant. She is an engineer and a strong advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Dr. Boyd’s more than three-decade professional career in the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University has been highlighted by exemplary leadership and dedicated service within engineering teams. Dr Boyd is a nationally recognized champion of education, particularly in the STEM disciplines. She was appointed by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate as a Trustee of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 2009. She then served on the President’s Advisory Board on Excellence in Education for African Americans in 2014.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media

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