A Message from the President

A Message from the President

November 26, 2019

Update on Personnel Changes

I am pleased to announce that we have solidified plans for interim leadership for the Division of Academic Affairs. With assistance from The Registry, a higher education executive placement service, we have secured the services of Dr. Judith Kirkpatrick, a seasoned administrator who has served as vice president for academic affairs and provost at several institutions of varying size and character.  She will be coming on board on Dec. 9  to serve through June 30 while we conduct a national search for this critical position. During this interim period she will focus on helping us to maintain momentum in our efforts to improve graduate enrollment and programs; refine policies and procedures in academic affairs; and work on the structures for faculty relations and shared governance.  Dr. Guy Alain Amoussou will resume his position as associate provost working closely with Dr. Kirkpatrick to maintain momentum on these and other key initiatives in the division.

I also want to make you aware of other recent personnel changes.

Student Affairs

Dr. Artie Travis, vice president for student affairs, has announced that he will be leaving the university on Dec. 2, culminating 13 years of service to Bowie State. We will be forever grateful for his leadership and the compassionate commitment to our students that he demonstrated in so many ways. Upon his departure, Assistant Vice President April Johnson will assume the role of acting vice president for student affairs. A national search for this position will soon be launched. A search committee has been appointed with Dean George Acquaah as chairperson. The committee will be working with an executive search firm to identify a person that will be well equipped to continue moving forward on our vision for the division.

Enrollment Management

To facilitate a new approach to New Student Orientation jointly developed by the Division of Enrollment Management and the Division of Student Affairs, Ms. Thomasina Boardley has been promoted to the position of assistant director for new student experiences and student activities. In this role she will coordinate the NSO initiatives and supervise staff and student employees in this area in addition to her other duties. You will be hearing more about programmatic changes for New Student Orientation in the near future.


Mr. Clyde Doughty, vice president for athletics and recreation, has announced the hiring of Ms. Patricia Taylor in the role of assistant athletic director for intramurals and recreation.  She will be developing a full slate of wellness and group fitness classes for students, faculty and staff as well as intramural sports for each season beginning in the spring semester. Additionally, the pool is slated to reopen soon with aquatic program offerings for the campus community.