DURHAM, NC - The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Division of Student Affairs (DSA) appointed LaMarcus D. Howard, Ph.D., as the assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness. Howard’s appointment began on Monday, June 5, 2023.
Howard joins NCCU after serving Eastern Michigan University (EMU) as the director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Center for Adaptive Technology in Education (CATE) lab.
As the assistant vice chancellor, Howard will bring over a decade of higher education professional experience in student success, first-year experience, multicultural services, GEAR UP/College Day, academic advising, enrollment management, and disability access.
His portfolio as an educational leader is founded on his values and commitment to continue acquiring a comprehensive understanding of higher education and student affairs principles, integrating best practices and innovative approaches that promote and ensure a student-centered campus community. Howard considers there are three pillars to student success: (i) student development and engagement, (ii) student support, and (iii) advocacy and student well-being and belonging to be the foundation for how students navigate higher education institutions and how institutions should become student-ready transformational organizations.
Howard is a published research author on student success and has presented at national and international conferences focusing on student access and success, emphasizing college-age Black males and students with disabilities' well-being and academic achievement.
While at EMU, he served as a lecturer within the university’s educational leadership and counseling department. He taught courses on historical and contemporary issues relevant to multiculturalism in K-12 and post-secondary education.
As a “transformational leader” in higher education, Howard prides himself on working to remove barriers and intentionally identifying student success pathways. For such efforts, he received the ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Education - Outstanding Social Justice Educator Award in 2020. Alongside his transformational work, Howard serves as a King/Parks/Chavez (KCP) Future Faculty Fellow and participants as NASPA’s Aspiring Vice President of the Student Affairs Institute and Ujima Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents.
Howard is a member of several professional associations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), ACPA - College Student Educators International, Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Most recently, he completed the Cornell University Diversity and Inclusion certification to support his continued dedication to creating inclusive and justice-driven educational spaces for all university stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, and community members).
He holds a doctorate in educational leadership – higher education administration from EMU and obtained a bachelor's in social work and a master's degree in educational leadership - higher education administration from Central Michigan University.
Join the NCCU Division of Student Affairs in welcoming Dr. LaMarcus D. Howard to the Nest!