Johnson C. Smith University Alumni, Friends, Family, faculty & staff members who served between 1994-2008 and HBCU pundits, researchers and enthusiasts who wish to learn about the intricacies of HBCU leadership, we are so excited to announce that the documentary history chronicling the 14 1/2 year presidency of Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy is now DIGITIZED and AVAILABLE for you to read and download for FREE.
THE YANCY YEARS: THE AGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TECHNOLOGY AMD RESTORATION (2008) co-authored by Dr. Brian Johnson, Benny Smith, APR, MMC and Dr. Sharon Raynor which documents the successes and achievements during this pivotal moment of the university’s first female president is not only essential reading but a guide—for posterity’s sake—in understanding the importance of HBCU leadership which are not described via social media. For this history predates the world of social media where any all opinions are proffered without respect to validity.
As a documentary history, this book is not anecdotal history but qualitative analysis through interviews and publicly accessible documents written by administrators to provide an inside view into the tenure of, arguably, our alma mater’s most successful president whose vocation was to return and serve her beloved alma mater.
Needless to say, Dr. Yancy is alive, well and prospering but let us all “give honor to where honor is due”. And she enjoys the same level of “quickness of thought” that those who have served with her know so well.
Booker T. Washington, arguably the greatest university president, offered the following “Let examples answer.” In this history, JCSU and HBCU enthusiasts will learn about the following during a 14-year history with supplemental documents in the appendix and much more: https://lnkd.in/dpzGGVNA
“At such a critical time for race relations in Portland and in our country, Sho’s philosophy and activism is timely as well as crucial,” noted Brian L. Johnson, PhD, president of Warner Pacific University. “I have been a fan of his since listening to his Talented 10th album. I was intrigued by an artist with the breadth and depth to wrestle with race, politics, religion, and faith in a musical and deeply meaningful way.”
An excerpt from Church of God recap of Convention 2021:
“The new (and eighth) president of Warner Pacific University, Brian Johnson, took to the podium to offer the grand finale message of Convention 2021. Though his disclaimer of not being a pastor by vocation suggested his discourse might feel out of place for such an event, the excellent teaching and dynamic preaching that followed proved otherwise. Referring to multiple stories and scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments, Dr. Brian L. Johnson utilized at least six key terms with alliterations—many pastors only get to three or four! (Christ, Calling, Courage, Character, Credentials, Competence.)
Stemming from Dr. Johnson’s experience in academia as a Christian, the all-too-common notion that scholarly pursuits are unnecessary if divine calling is present was thoroughly repudiated. Anointing is necessary, but Brian Johnson insisted that competence and mastery matters, as well. Noting that you don’t take your pet to a veterinarian who simply feels the calling but never got the degree, he emphasized that Christian higher education still has an important role in our society today—whether or not one’s vocational calling is that of a pastor. After all, “All priests were Levites, but not all Levites were priests,” he noted.