Dr. Demetrius Johnson

BOWIE, MD – Bowie State University, a historically black public university, names Dr. Demetrius Johnson as the new vice president for student affairs after a national search.

Dr. Johnson, who shares the namesake of the President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund, joins Bowie State as a member of the executive leadership team on June 15. He has extensive experience in student development, crisis prevention, residence life, judicial affairs, emergency management, policy development, student support services and student retention. He excels in creating partnerships with faculty, working to increased enrollment, executing new initiatives and driving student and organizational success. His background includes focused work with a variety of student populations, including commuters, students of color, veterans, international students and first-generation students. As an educator focused on student outcomes, he has worked to deepen the student experience and drive student success throughout his career.

Dr. Johnson is a higher education professional with more than 20 years of diverse experience in student development and support services.

“Dr. Demetrius Johnson brings a broad breadth and depth of experiences to lead the Division of Student Affairs in support of student development,” said Aminta H. Breaux, Bowie State University President. “I look forward to having Dr. Johnson join the senior leadership team and helping to guide the university toward a bright future as we continue our Racing to Excellence strategic plan.”

Most recently, Dr. Johnson served as associate vice president for student engagement and earlier as the dean of student success at Marymount University, where he helped improve the six-year retention rate through innovative programs and services. He developed campus-wide learning outcomes and a co-curricular transcript, as well as expanded the Career Services programs to increase the number of students who landed internships and jobs.

He was also the dean of student affairs/director of residential life at Dillard University, where he helped to increase the residential population, boost the number of student organizations and implemented a new student leadership training and recruitment program. As the director of the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Iowa and the assistant site director for several master’s degree programs at Troy State University, he increased new student enrollment through targeted recruitment and improved the overall student experience through specialized engagement efforts.

“I am honored and excited to join the Bowie State University family. I am very eager to begin working with the faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Johnson. “Most urgently, I will focus on finding ways to know and support students. Bowie State University is will positioned to continue changing and transforming the lives of students. I am excited to join this effort and serve the students of BSU.”

Firmly grounded in student development theory and practice, Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate of management in organizational leadership from the University of Pheonix, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augustana College. In spring 2021, he will complete a Doctor of Philosophy in leadership and organizational behavior from the University of the Cumberlands.

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About Bowie State University

Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from a diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit www.bowiestate.edu.

BOWIE, MD – Eunique Jones Gibson, an award-winning content director and speaker who founded the iconic Because of Them We Can photo campaign, will return to her alma mater to address about 600 Bowie State University graduates and their families at the spring commencement on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.

According to a press release from the university, a 2007 Bowie State University graduate, and Maryland native, Gibson develops campaigns that ignite conversation and introspection. Her talent is to get people talking: either through her campaigns and the awareness generated by their message or through her role as a speaker, host or moderator at events and panels that address timely and relevant issues impacting a variety of communities.

Gibson recently directed commercial spots featuring NBA star Kevin Durant and R&B artist Jennifer Hudson. She began her career in online advising with Microsoft, and over the past decade she has worked with a variety of companies such as American Family Insurance, Nickelodeon, 1-800-Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Kathy Ireland Worldwide and Custom Ink to name a few.

In February 2012, following the death of Trayvon Martin, Gibson created her first photo awareness campaign I Am Trayvon Martin. The campaign spread through social media and online news outlets around the world and inspired others to use their voice to highlight social injustices and the need for change.

As a result, in 2013, Gibson launched Because of Them We Can, an award-winning campaign and movement that helps people re-imagine their possibilities. Launched during Black History Month with a mission to empower the next generation to honor the legacy of their ancestors, the campaign featured photographs of adorable children channeling leaders, activists, and celebrities, past and present. It has evolved into a positive platform for Black excellence that reaches millions of people each month.

Throughout her travels promoting Because of Them We Can, Gibson met follow dreamers and started thinking, “What if we had a space where we could build our dreams and at the same time, build our village?” So, she created it. In 2018, Gibson launched Dream Village, a co-working space for dreamers that will allow them to build a supportive community in both physical and virtual spaces. The space hopes to bring back the village values that every community needs. The very first Dream Village right outside of Washington, DC, in Hyattsville, Maryland, in February 2018.

 

About Bowie State University

Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit www.bowiestate.edu.

 

BOWIE, MD – Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, the National Urban League, will address about 380 Bowie State University graduates and their families at the winter commencement. The ceremony is set to take place Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. on campus at Bowie State’s Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex.

One of Bowie State’s oldest living alumni, Helen Neal, 88, of Ellicott City, Marland, will also be honored at the commencement.

According to a press release from the university, Morial is a dedicated servant leader with a professional career that has spanned 25 years. Since 2003, he has been the primary catalyst for transformation of the 107-year-old organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and communities of color, as well as rich and poor Americans.

Under his stewardship, the League has experienced record fundraising success toward a $280 million, five-year goal. The League also launched a historic $100 million, five-year “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative – a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis.

His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to help young adults secure sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 13 cities to grow small businesses. Morial also helped established the New Markets Tax Credits initiative, which as resulted in $1 billion in community investment through urban impact businesses.

Before joining the National Urban League, Morial was mayor of New Orleans. A popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition, he led his city’s 1990s renaissance and passionately attacked its vast urban problems.

He was named one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and African American studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information regarding Bowie State University’s winter commencement, visit bowiestate.edu/commencement.

About Bowie State University
Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit www.bowiestate.edu.

Bowie State President-Elect Aminta Breaux. [Pictures creds: Bowie State University]
BOWIE, MD  – Last month, the University System of Maryland board of regents named Aminta Hawkins Breaux as the next president of Bowie State University.

Breaux, who currently is the vice president for advancement at Millersville University, will begin her tenure as the university’s tenth president on July 1. She will succeed current President Mickey Burnim, who announced his retirement in September.

Today, the university held a welcome reception on Tuesday morning where students and faculty got to interact with the incoming president.

Breaux outlined a broad plan for her tenure that will put a premium on teamwork, partnership and getting faculty members and students the kind of resources they will need, according to a source.

“Each day, I will part of this team striving to have a positive impact on the campus and the community and I will work tirelessly to advance the mission of Bowie State University and ensure that our students have very opportunity to succeed,” Breaux said.

She also plans to enlist the help of those in the area surrounding the campus.

“I need to reach out to the business community, the government agencies and see how we can partner so our students can have the kind of rich experiences our students at Bowie State have had for the last 150 years.”

Bowie State President-Elect Aminta Breaux meeting and greeting with students after the reception. [Pictures cred: Bowie State University]
Breaux has a bachelor’s and a doctoral degree from Temple University, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. As vice president for advancement at Millersville University, she oversaw the university’s endowment grow from about $30 million to $40 million. She also served at Millersville’s vice president for student affairs, as well as dean of students at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and assistant provost of Drexel University.

According to the Capital Gazette, it was Breaux’s variety of experiences in higher education that made her the top candidate to the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, which oversaw the search and selection process.

“She has a broad range of backgrounds – academics, student affairs, advancement,” said Robert L. Caret, the chancellor of the University System of Maryland. “It’s a long list of leadership efforts she has been involved with on those three campuses. We believe she has all the skills to hit the road running.”

Breaux states that she’s deeply honored and delighted to be selected as the next president of Bowie State University and to have the opportunity to build on its rich history and legacy.

Welcome another prominent lady leader to the helm of an HBCU institution, HCF wishes Dr. Breaux a superlative tenure in moving Bowie State forward!

Watch the Incoming Bowie State President Aminta Breaux Meet and Greet below:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, January 13, 2017, five (5) historically black colleges and universities were honored as an White House healthy campus by President Barack Obama. As part of Obama’s Administration’s ongoing efforts to reach the remaining uninsured, the White House launched the Healthy Campus Challenge in September, hoping to engage college and university campuses in enrollment efforts.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act 20, 20 million more Americans have gained coverage, and the nation’s uninsured rate now stands at its lowest level ever. Access to affordable, quality health care is critically important for young people as they reach adulthood and enter the job market. It gives them peace of mind that allows them to focus on their studies, helps them stay healthy as they join the workforce, and is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.

More than 350 campuses from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico participated in the Challenge and carried out some enrollment activities, with nearly 100 campuses completing all the criteria. Out of that 100 campuses, 5 HBCU campuses made the list.

  • Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL)
  • Bowie State University (Bowie, MD)
  • Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, FL)
  • Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)

This past Friday (Jan. 13), nearly 60 leaders of those campuses attended the Healthy Campus Challenge Day at the White House, which was presided by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Congratulations to the following HBCU campuses who were designated as an White House Healthy Campus and we hope that your success continues in remaining to keeping HBCU students healthy and insured for the future years to come!

To read the full White House Healthy Campus Challenge Day press release, click here.