Larry Johnson, Ph.D., will lead the newest CUNY campus.
Florida A&M University alumnus Larry D. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. will be the next president of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, the newest school in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Johnson’s hiring was announced by the CUNY Board of Trustees on Feb. 1.
Johnson, president of Phoenix College, a public community college in Maricopa County, Arizona, will take office at Guttman on July 1.
“I am honored and elated to be selected as the next President of Guttman Community College. During the interview process, it was evident that the students, faculty, staff, and community leaders are committed to the mission and vision of this innovative ecosystem within CUNY,” said Johnson, in a statement with the announcement. “The pandemic and social unrest have amplified the importance of public higher education. And as a College serving a diverse student body, our work is more critical than ever. I look forward to collaborating with you to ensure that Guttman remains one of the most student-centered, equity-minded, and data-informed community colleges in the nation.”
Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in English literature from FAMU before pursuing a master’s in humanities from Florida State University. He holds a doctorate in humanities from Clark Atlanta University.
Johnson began his career at Tallahassee Community College, where he taught developmental English and reading. He later taught at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and then Broward College, where he was associate dean for English and journalism and championed innovative strategies that increased student success, particularly for men of color. From Broward, he moved to St. Louis to serve as provost and chief academic officer at St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus.
When he was hired at Phoenix College in 2018, Johnson became the first African American president in the school’s 100-year history. During his tenure, the Phoenix College increased enrollment by establishing a partnership with the City of Phoenix that provided educational opportunities to workers in the community.
A strong advocate of community colleges, Johnson recently completed a three-year appointment on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on College Readiness. He also serves on the boards of directors for organizations including Helping Hands for Single Moms, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Arizona Center for Youth Resources and Greater Phoenix Urban League.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College opened on August 20, 2012. A Hispanic-serving institution with more than 1,000 students, Guttman offers associate degree programs in an innovative model emphasizing experiential education, learning communities and instructional teams, and a commitment to providing rigorous academic challenge, attentive support, and inclusive excellence.