Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has paid tribute to its president emerita Dorothy Cowser Yancy by naming the new Information and Technology Hall in her honor.
Dr. Yancy served as president of the university from 1994 to 2008. She is the only woman to have served as president of the historically Black university. During her tenure she tripled the university’s endowed and brought Johnson C. Smith into the technology age.
After stepping down as president of Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Yancy served as president of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A native of Alabama, Dr. Yancy is an alumna of Johnson C. Smith University. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in political science from Atlanta University.