Philander Smith College has announced that Dr. Shannon Clowney Johnson has been appointed to serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. The transition comes as a result of the departure of Dr. Anthony Johnson who had provided interim leadership since February 2020.
Dr. Clowney Johnson’s service to the College began in 2012 as an instructor in the Department of Language and Letters. Since that time, she has served in progressively responsible roles to include: Director of the McKinley Newton Honors Program, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant Professor-Language and Letters, and Director of the Panther Pantry & Fresh Market. As a result of her record of service, most recently, she was promoted to Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In May 2021, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies for Community and Social Change from the University of Central Arkansas. In addition, she holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Technical Writing, both from UA-Little Rock. Her Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College is in Africana Studies/International Relations.
“Dr. Shannon Clowney Johnson has long been an invaluable member of our Academic Affairs team,” said Philander Smith President Roderick L. Smothers, Sr. “And now as Interim Vice President, I am confident that she will continue to deliver the same consistency of excellence to ensure a smooth and seamless transition within the Division of Academic Affairs.”
Clowney Johnson’s appointment is effective immediately.