University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
December 11, 2008
Contact: Keith Ayers, USA Director of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

Johnson Named USA Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  Dr. G. David Johnson
Dr. G. David Johnson
Longtime University of South Alabama faculty member and dean Dr. G. David Johnson has been appointed senior vice president for academic affairs at the University effective Jan. 1.

Johnson will provide guidance to USA schools and colleges including Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, and Engineering.    He will serve in close concert with the vice president for health sciences, who oversees the colleges of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and, in affiliation with Auburn University, Pharmacy.

The senior vice president is responsible for programs, policies, budgets and planning and is charged with managing faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure.  The position is responsible for building on USA’s academic strengths in a time of continued enrollment growth, rapidly escalating program quality, increasing momentum in research and outreach activities, and ambitious capital projects.

 “Dr. David Johnson has demonstrated solid scholarship and leadership and brings to this important position almost a quarter century of firsthand experience at the University of South Alabama,” said USA President Gordon Moulton. “His track record as dean of USA’s largest college, combined with great familiarity with USA, positions him to make a significant contribution to the academic success of the University.”

“I have truly enjoyed my work in the Dean’s Office over the last few years, and have developed a sincere respect for the high quality of our faculty and students from throughout the University,” Johnson said. “We have considerable potential to build on our strengths and develop increasingly effective academic programs. I have great affection for the University of South Alabama, and am indeed honored to be asked to serve as senior vice president for academic affairs.”

A member of USA’s faculty since 1984, Johnson has a distinguished career in teaching, research and community service. He has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2002.   He previously served as associate dean, as well as acting chair of sociology and anthropology.

Arts and Sciences is USA’s largest college, with 4,100 students enrolled and 32 degree programs.  In addition, the college is the largest provider of credit-hour instruction, as it provides foundation courses for many other majors.

Johnson has published extensively in scholarly books and journals in sociology, and he is a former editor of the journal Sociological Spectrum. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Much of his research addresses critical issues that impact the region, including substance abuse prevention, youth violence prevention, diversity and race relations, and environmental attitudes.

Johnson is active in the community and has volunteered his professional service to many local organizations and agencies, including Envision Coastal Alabama, Leadership Mobile, Mobile AIDS Support Services, Mobile County Health Department, Mobile County Chapter of the National Urban League, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Juvenile Crime and Domestic Violence (City of Mobile).

A native of Newport News, Va., he received his bachelor of arts degree in political science and psychology from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., his master of science degree in sociology from Texas A & M University, and his doctorate in sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

His appointment follows a nationwide search for a replacement for former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Pat Covey, who retired in May.


The University of South Alabama

Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 14,000 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, in conjunction wth Auburn University.  The University has awarded 63,740 degrees.

In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – USA Children’s & Women’s and USA Medical Center ­­– involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually. USA is also home to the Mitchell Cancer Institute, the first academic cancer research institute in the upper Gulf Coast region.
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