Dr. Bernice Duffy Johnson received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1985, and is a leading scholar in professional development, with 42 years of educational experience in secondary schools and the university. She was a Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences and Dean of the University College at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), where she led in ensuring the success of over 3,000 new students. Other positions held at NCCU included: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Science Bowl Coordinator, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, she led science department chairs in designing a $36 million science complex. The Science Bowl team brought home the national trophy in 2010. During her years as Dean of Arts and Sciences, 100 new courses, 10 new degree programs were offered, six programs gained initial accreditations and six achieved re-accreditation. Dr. Johnson taught 17 courses, conducted workshops and published in areas related to Leadership Development, Research and Resource Management. She, with three colleagues, wrote a textbook, Dimensions of Learning. She was awarded more than $6 million in research and training grants by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Johnson resides in Durham, North Carolina, where she enjoys singing, playing word games, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.