Former Howard University Dean named President of Baltimore City Community College


The board of the Baltimore City Community College has selected an engineering professor and local higher education veteran as the school’s interim president.

James H. Johnson Jr. will assume the temporary post on July 1. Current president Gordon F. May is retiring effective June 30, after four years in the role.

Johnson formerly chaired the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, which oversees the state’s 16 community colleges. Most recently, he was a visiting professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Morgan State University. He is also a trustee and former board chair for Anne Arundel Community College, and was formerly dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University.

He has also served on several boards of the National Academies, as a consultant to the Office of the President of the University of California and as a member of multiple academic and scientific advisory committees. He has won a Lifetime Achievement in Academia award from the National Society of Black Engineers, among other national awards.

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