Dr. Joseph F. Johnson

The Virginia Union University Board of Trustees named Dr. Joseph F. Johnson Acting President of the University effective July 1, 2016.  Johnson’s educational expertise spans more than four decades. He served as Senior Vice President of Virginia Union University from January 2011 through December 2012. As the senior administrative officer for the University, he supervised the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Campus Police and Safety, and Research, Planning and Special Programs.

“The blueprint for progress that has been established over the past seven years under the leadership of Chairman Richardson and President Perkins provides not only a clear path for staying the course, but a path for continuous improvement in the context of the historic significance, contemporary relevance, and the value proposition of Virginia Union University,” Johnson said.  “In that context, I pledge to the entire VUU Family that I shall plan the work required, work the plan, and lead with commitment and sincerity.”

Before joining Virginia Union as Senior Vice President in 2011, Johnson was a Senior Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership at Fayetteville State University.  He served as Dean of the School of Education at Fayetteville State for five years from 1997 through 2002, and two years from 2004-2006. He has also served as the Coordinator of the Master of School Administration Program and Coordinator of the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program from 2002-2004, as well as Director of the Ed.D. Program from 2006-2007.

Johnson has served as either associate or assistant superintendent of schools for several school districts in North Carolina, including New Hanover County, Durham County, and Rocky Mount. He has worked as the Supervisor of Operations and Services for an educational consortium among five public school districts in the Richmond, VA metropolitan area (The Mathematics and Science Center) and has held various leadership positions with Richmond Public Schools over a span of 14 years.

Johnson earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1981.  He earned a Master of Education degree in Science Education from Virginia State University in 1973, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fayetteville State University in 1968.