PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – A new member of the leadership team has joined the Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture and Human Sciences with the appointment of Dr. Alton B. Johnson, as Associate Dean. Dr. Johnson assumed the post on October 1.
“Prairie View A&M University has a rich history that continues to leave an indelible mark on young people,” said Johnson. “I welcome the unique opportunity that our College has to enhance the economic opportunity, foster academic excellence and improve the health and well-being of individuals and families locally, nationally and internationally through the delivery of programs in the Agricultural and Life Sciences.”
A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Johnson has a wealth of experience in management, administration and academia. He most recently served as the interim assistant dean of research in the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences at Alcorn State University (ASU) in Mississippi. During his sixteen year career at Alcorn, he was also the interim research director, chief research officer, and associate professor of agriculture.
While at ASU, Johnson served as principal investigator or co-investigator in securing close to $5 million in federal funds to conduct natural resources work. Dr. Johnson was also the director of the Mississippi River Research Center that was established to conduct research and public service activities to aid in improving Mississippi water resources.
Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture from the University of Liberia in Monrovia, and a master’s in Agronomy with a concentration in Soil and Water Management and Conservation from Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy with a concentration in Soil Physics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Johnson also received certification in Leadership for the 21st Century (LEAD21) administered by the Fanning Institute and a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Excellence from the American Management Association.
“For my first 90 days on campus, I plan to do a lot of listening and visiting with faculty, staff and students in our College,” Johnson said. “I intend to do internal assessments and develop strategic alliances. I find this to be a great opportunity to work in an environment where emphasis is placed on teaching, research and service.”