This week's flicks features the fabulous Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy during a weekend celebration honoring her retirement as the first female president of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Dr. Yancy’s accomplishments and career achievements are absolutely amazing!
Dr. Yancy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from JCSU in 1964 as a young woman from a farm in Alabama. She continued her education and earned both a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Ph.D from Atlanta University in Georgia.
Her life is a story of ‘firsts.’ In addition to being JCSU's first female president, she was the first African American to be promoted and tenured as a full professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Dr. Yancy is the first African American to be appointed Special Master for the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission. And, in 2001 Dr. Yancy also became the first woman to be elected president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
During her tenure at JCSU, Dr. Yancy helped increase the university’s endowment to $53 million and raised an astonishing $145 million in total during her presidency. In 2000, JCSU became the first HBCU “Laptop” university by issuing IBM Thinkpads to all of its students.
Applications to JCSU increased by more than 300% during her presidency and the alumni participation rate with the university moved to 26%. U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked JCSU as a Top Tier Institution among Comprehensive Colleges that offer bachelor’s degrees for the past six years. The latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report places JCSU at 30th out of 106 colleges in the south. The placement rate of students into graduation school or job immediately after graduation rose to 85%.
Dr. Yancy has published more than 40 articles and wrote the history of The Links, Incorporated for the encyclopedia, Black Women in America (1993). On top of all of these sparking accomplishments, Dr. Yancy is also a wonderfully nice person and mentor to several Black professionals. Dr. Yancy is past president of the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Incorporated.
Dr. Yancy’s daughter Yvonne Yancy (pictured in the yellow strapless evening gown) is a human relations executive in Atlanta, GA. Yvonne Yancy is a past officer of The Links, Incorporated – serving as Immediate Past Eastern Area Links Foundation Representative and is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Thanks Yvonne for sharing this great news about your Mom and the all of the wonderful photos!
You can learn more about Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy by clicking onto to these links from News 14 in Charlotte, NC and The Charlotte Observer. Her official last day at JCSU was June 30th.
Bravo to you Dr. Yancy for serving as a wonderful role model to many of us to emulate!
Good people - have a super Fourth of July Weekend!!
Photo credit: Calvin Ferguson