Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Distinguished educator Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy will take a short trip down the Parkway when she departs Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University to join Washington, D.C.’s American University and take the helm of its School of Education. Holcomb-McCoy begins her role as dean July 1.

Currently Hopkins’ vice provost for faculty affairs and a professor of counseling and human development, Holcomb-McCoy is widely esteemed for her extensive scholarship and advocacy in the areas of teaching, college counseling and inclusion. At Hopkins, she was credited with leading efforts to raise funds for diversity research and increasing diversity within the faculty.

She has published her research in four books and journal special issues, 16 chapters in edited books, and more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

She is currently an associate editor of the Journal for Counseling and Development and has served on many journal editorial boards, including Professional School Counseling, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Holcomb-McCoy will be joining the American University community in such a strong position of leadership. She has had an exemplary career in service to the idea that education is a human right, one that we have an absolute obligation to ensure,” Stacey Snelling, who has led American’s School of Education as dean over the past year and is chair of the Department of Health Studies, said in a statement.

Prior to serving as vice provost at Hopkins, Holcomb-McCoy Previous was the vice dean of academic affairs and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the School of Education. She has also worked as associate professor of counselor education at the University of Maryland, College Park and assistant professor and director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Holcomb-McCoy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.