The board of trustees
of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina,
has chosen Clarence D. Armbrister as the historically Black
university’s fourteenth president. He will take the reins of
the university on January 1.

Johnson C. Smith University enrolls about 1,300 undergraduate
students and 100 graduate students, according to the latest
U.S. Department of Education figures. African Americans are
84 percent of the student body.

In accepting the appointment, Armbrister stated: “I am
honored and humbled to have been selected as the 14th
president of Johnson C. Smith University, which throughout
its 150-year history has improved the lives of its students
and contributed to the growth of Charlotte. I am especially
looking forward to working with the Board, the faculty, staff
and administration to position JCSU as one of the finest
institutions of higher education in the country that meets
not only the needs of its students, but those of the
communities it serves — locally, regionally and globally.”

Armbrister currently serves as president of Girard College,
an independent college preparatory school in Philadelphia.
Previously, he was senior vice president and chief of staff
at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Earlier, he was
executive vice president and chief operating officer at
Temple University in Philadelphia.

A native of Miami, Armbrister is a graduate of the University
of Pennsylvania, where he majored in political science and
economics. He earned a juris doctorate at the University of
Michigan Law School.

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