Clark Atlanta President Ronald Johnson to Resign

Clark Atlanta University President Ronald Johnson will resign from the university effective Dec. 7, citing personal reasons as the motivation for his departure. 

“I make this decision for personal reasons and I advised our Board of Trustees of my intentions today,” Johnson wrote in a letter distributed to the campus today. “While I am reluctant to leave this great University and its incredible students, faculty and staff I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished during this period of institutional transformation.”

Dr. Johnson cited accreditation reaffirmations, increased retention rates and an improved credit rating among his key achievements since his appointment in July 2015. 

News of Dr. Johnson’s departure drew a mixed reaction from students and graduates on social media. 

Officials announced Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Lucille H. Maugé as chief operating officer and acting president to serve until the selection of the university’s next permanent president. 

“We are deeply grateful to President Johnson for his service to our university. He made many contributions to the university during his tenure, the most recent being the improvement in the academic quality of admitted students and development of a new strategic plan,” said Gregory Morrison, Chair of CAU’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Johnson departs with an appreciation of the board, faculty, staff, student body and alumni.”

  1. I am a two time CAU alum and a very proud Panther. I hope moving forward that my Alma Mater gets a solid leader that can keep CAU competitive. Go Mighty Panthers.

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