Tuskegee University President Brian Johnson.
A so-called group of “Concerned Tuskegee Alumni” has created an online petition calling for the removal of the university’s seventh president, Brian Johnson.
According to the group’s petition on Change.org, Johnson should be removed from presidency because he allegedly “lacks the professional and personal qualities that are necessary to lead a university as prestigious as Tuskegee University.” The petition suggests that Johnson’s perceived inability to manage the university has spurred the departures and sudden “retirement” of seasoned deans and faculties who “have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for Tuskegee University and demonstrated devotion to it.”
The group also chides Johnson for promoting his own personal brand over the University’s which the petition deemed to be highly disturbing.
A university spokesperson said of the petition in a statement to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: “The official association for alumni is the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association which has indicated to its members and its chapters that it has no part in this.”
So far, about 200 people have signed the petition.
Johnson was selected to assume the helm of the university last June. Before taking on the task as president, Johnson was the interim vice president for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness and assistant provost/assistant vice president for academic affair at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Johnson is an author and editor of seven academic books. He is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English. He received his master’s in English from the University of Wisconson-Madison and his doctorate in 17th-19th century American literature from the University of South Carolina.