Two African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Provost Positions

Karyn Scissum Gunn was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Long Beach. Since 2017, she has been associate vice president in academic affairs at California State University, Fullerton. Previously, Dr. Scissum Gunn spent over 20 years at Alabama State University in Montgomery where she served as professor, chair, dean, associate provost, and provost.

Dr. Scissum Gunn earned both her bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in cell biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She holds and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Auburn University in Alabama.

Anthony B. Johnson is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. He most recently served as the interim vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Earlier, Dr. Johnson was associate vice president for academic affairs and associate professor at Grambling State University in Louisiana and associate dean and assistant dean at Howard University’s School of Education in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in special education, research & statistics from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

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