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Dorothy Cowser Yancy

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright, Dark Colors
Favorite Food:
String Beans, Barbeque Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spas
Favorite Quote:
No Good Deed Will Go Unpunished.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1944
Birth Location:
Cherokee County, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright, Dark Colors
Favorite Food:
String Beans, Barbeque Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spas
Favorite Quote:
No Good Deed Will Go Unpunished.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1944
Birth Location:
Cherokee County
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Biography

Johnson C. Smith University President Dorothy Cowser Yancy was born on April 18, 1944 in Cherokee County, Alabama to Linnie Bell Covington Cowser and Howard Cowser, a farmer. She was raised on the family farm once owned by her great-great grandfather. Upon graduation from Hatcher High School in 1960, Yancy entered Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was a student activist in the Civil Rights Movement, holding memberships in the SGA, SCLC, and SNCC. She graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in 1964 with her B.A. degree in history. In 1964, Yancy entered the University of Massachusetts where she earned her M.A. degree in history. Simultaneously, she received a certificate in management development from Harvard University. In 1968, Yancy married Robert James Yancy, and in 1974, she entered the doctoral program in political science at Atlanta University where she became an accomplished scholar.

After receiving her Ph.D. degree from Atlanta University, Yancy sought post-graduate work at a variety of institutions including the University of Singapore, Hampton University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Georgia Tech University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Yancy became a tenure-track professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972 and served as professor of history, technology, and society and management. She became the first African American professor to be promoted and tenured as a full professor. She also served as Associate Director of the School of Social Sciences, and she remained at Georgia Tech until 1994, when she became the first female president of Johnson C. Smith University.

As president, Yancy doubled the University endowment to approximately $57 million and increased applications 300%. She also upgraded the technical capabilities of the school by ensuring that each undergraduate student receives an IBM Thinkpad upon entry through a lease program. During her presidency, Yancy became the first female board president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Yancy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 20, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy Cowser Yancy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her parents' roots in Cherokee County, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her white relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her family's land in Cherokee County, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her early interest in literature
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy remembers Hatcher High School in Centre, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls segregation in Cherokee County, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her parents' professions and siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy remembers her sister's role at Hatcher High School in Centre, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes the racial tensions in Cherokee County, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her experiences at Hatcher High School in Centre, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about the segregation of schools in Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls her paternal relatives who passed as white
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy remembers her arrival at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes the civil rights activities at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her experiences at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recall her aspiration to attend graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls her arrival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her summer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy remembers her decision to become a teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her teaching position at Albany State College in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her husband and daughter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls her doctoral studies at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her courses at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her work with the labor unions in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls the impact of desegregation and the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls integrating the tenured faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her social life in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her role as an associate director at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about The Links chapter in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her holiday celebrations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy recalls how she became the president of Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy remembers her mentors at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her capital campaign at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes the laptop program at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes the use of technology at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about the security system at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes the international studies programs at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy remembers working with her former professors at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy reflects upon the traditions at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her fundraising strategies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes the social activities at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about Johnson C. Smith University's donors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about the Smith family's contribution to Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her decision to retire from Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about her involvement with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy describes her role at the United Negro College Fund
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy talks about returning home to Cherokee County, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dorothy Cowser Yancy reflects upon her legacy