Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean

MEMPHIS, T.N. – The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a four-year historically black college in Memphis, on July 30 announced it has selected Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean to serve as Interim President, effective Aug. 26, 2019.

“Dr. Johnson-Dean’s breadth of educational leadership experience and unique understanding of the inner workings of HBCUs made her stand out as a highly qualified candidate for Interim President,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Selecting Dr. Johnson-Dean to serve in this critical role is just one of the many great strides LeMoyne-Own is making as we push forward in our mission.”

Dr. Johnson-Dean currently serves as executive director of New Leaders – South Region in Memphis. She has also previously served as superintendent in Memphis, Minneapolis and Boston Public Schools.

“It is truly an honor to assume the role of Interim President of LeMoyne-Owen College, an institution with a more than 150-year legacy in Memphis,” said Dr. Johnson-Dean. “As an HBCU, LeMoyne-Owen College continues to play an integral role in education and serving students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers. I am humbled at the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the College, and I look forward to working with faculty, students and community partners in this critical endeavor.”

A permanent president for the College will be determined at a later date. LeMoyne-Owen also recently appointed Dr. Christopher Davis – Pasteur of St. Paul Baptist Church and local community advocate – to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees.


About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. For more information, visit www.loc.edu.

Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a four-year historically black college in Memphis, announced on Tuesday (June 18) it has voted to conclude Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller’s term as President at the close of contract on Sept. 1, 2019.

“The Board of Trustees is grateful for Dr. Miller’s service and commitment to LeMoyne-Owen for the past four years,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We look forward to what the future holds for our institution as we embark upon this new chapter.”

In February, the student government association wrote a letter detailing students’ concerns and calling for Miller to step down. The letter accused Miller of retaining school employers who are relatives and of failing to address mold problems in residence halls. The letter also cited rodent complaints.

Some faculty and staff members submitted a vote of “no confidence” in Miller’s leadership to the Board of Trustees. This decision cited a number of administrative missteps, including questionable hiring and firing decisions, unmet financial goals, and accreditation concerns.

In 2018, HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) President and CEO, Founder, Demetrius Johnson Jr., named Miller as one of “The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders.” Citing Miller for her success of making history by becoming the first women and second alumnus to serve as president of LOC since its founding in 1862. Also, recognizing her for increasing the school’s endowment fund and stabilizing enrollment.

The Board of Trustees will name an interim president of the college soon.


About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College is a four-year liberal arts college that provides a transformative experience for students of all ages with a goal of preparing them for future professional endeavors. Located in Memphis, it is the city’s only historically black college, among approximately 100 such institutions remaining nationwide. LeMoyne-Owen College is an accredited institution through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate degree. For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, visit www.loc.edu.

Every Friday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the upcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President: Dr. Andrea Miller, President of LeMoyne-Owen College.

Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller made history when the LeMoyne-Owen College Board of Trustees elected her to serve as the college’s 12th president. She took office September 1, 2015, becoming the first woman and the second alumnus to serve as president since the College was founded in 1862.

Dr. Miller has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to taking office at LeMoyne-Owen, she served as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community  College (BRCC) in Louisiana where she provided leadership to a merger with Capital Area Technical College. Prior to that, Dr. Miller served for five years as chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana. She transformed this former technical college into a comprehensive technical community college while leading it through its first SACSCOC regional accreditation. SOWELA’S enrollment increased by 67 percent during her tenure.

Dr. Miller is a Memphis native who also served for years as provost/executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College where she was responsible for strategic planning and institutional research. Prior to her leadership role at community colleges, Miller spent several years in academic administration at four-year institutions. She served for six years as vice president for Academic Affairs/dean of faculty at LeMoyne-Owen College, and as an assistant dean in the College of Human and Community Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Miller has acquired over 12 million dollars in grants and contracts to support research, curriculum development and professional development activities in science and technology. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Cell and Development Biology. She received a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She has spent summers engaged in biomedical research at the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL), Woods Hole, MA and at Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL), Los Alamos, NM.

About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College delivers a transformative experience, educating students for a lifetime of scholarship, leadership, and service through liberal arts, career and professional studies.

For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, visit www.loc.edu.