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Monday, June 04, 2007

After 13 years JCSU President calling it quits

Johnson C. Smith University President Dorothy Cowser Yancy will leave the school June 30, 2008, for a career in consulting.

"I am leaving on a high note," Yancy said Friday morning at a press conference. "I have accomplished everything I mentioned in my inaugural address 13 years ago with the help of the JCSU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and university friends."

The announcement came during a Friday morning press conference when she announced that the university had raised $80.6 million during its $75 million captial campaign, which is scheduled to end on June 30.

Yancy was named president of the Charlotte university in 1994, becoming the first woman to hold the post.

For the past six years, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked JCSU as a top-tier institution among colleges that offer bachelor's degrees. The latest ranking placed JCSU at No. 30 among 106 colleges in the South that were ranked.

JCSU, founded in 1867 as Biddle Memorial Institute, has an enrollment of about 1,500 students and confers bachelor's degrees to hundreds of students each year in 27 majors.

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