LeMoyne-Owen College Interim President Dr. Carol Johnson Dean was the first woman superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools, and also served as superintendent of schools in Memphis and Boston. (Courtesy photo)

The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis’ only four-year historically black college, today (July 30) announced it has selected Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean to serve as interim president, effective Aug. 26.

“Dr. Johnson-Dean’s breadth of educational leadership experience and unique understanding of the inner workings of HBCUs made her stand out as a highly qualified candidate for interim president,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“Selecting Dr. Johnson-Dean to serve in this critical role is just one of the many great strides LeMoyne-Owen is making as we push forward in our mission.”

Johnson-Dean currently serves as executive director of New Leaders – South Region in Memphis. She has also previously served as superintendent in Memphis, Minneapolis and Boston Public Schools.

“It is truly an honor to assume the role of Interim President of LeMoyne-Owen College, an institution with a more than 150-year legacy in Memphis,” Johnson-Dean said. “As an HBCU, LeMoyne-Owen College continues to play an integral role in educating and serving students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers.

“I am humbled at the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the College, and I look forward to working with faculty, students and community partners in this critical endeavor.”

A permanent president for the College will be determined at a later date.

For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, visit www.loc.edu.