Voorhees welcomes new department chairs and vice president

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Voorhees welcomes new department chairs and vice president

July 23, 2017

Voorhees College welcomes a new vice president for enrollment management and student affairs/athletic director and two new department chairs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Charlene Johnson, Vice President for enrollment management and student affairs, will be responsible for managing admissions, spiritual life, residential services, health services, and student retention.  Also, she has been in the field of athletics for more than 30 years serving in the capacities of executive director, associate director, and head coach. As the new athletic director for Voorhees, Johnson plans to work toward Voorhees becoming a member of a competitive conference and increase the fundraising efforts in the athletics department. 

After 31 years in higher education, I continue to look forward to positively impacting students in an effort to help them become major contributors in our global society.  President Evans has so many great plans for Voorhees, and I am so excited about helping him carry out his plan of re-imagining Voorhees College, a new school of thought,” Johnson said.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and a master’s degree in counselor education from South Carolina State University.  She is the only woman to serve as an athletic director at South Carolina State University, a position she held for more than 12 years.

Dr. Carol Annette Wilson joins the Voorhees College family as an associate professor and department chair of humanities, education, and social sciences. Her role will be to promote the mission and strategic plan of Voorhees College, identify career paths for students, and support faculty within the department with their teaching, service, and scholarship initiatives.

“Voorhees is an opportunity for me to strengthen my collaborative works with the community by exposing students and faculty to the needs of the workforce. My goal is to expand student opportunities through courses that will provide stability, civility, and participation in society,” Wilson said.

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Appalachian State University. She earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Joseph De Soto will serve as a professor and department chair of science, technology, health and human services. He will be spearheading the pre-professional career pathways program in medicine, featuring new pre-medical, pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy, and other health-related programs. De Soto has published more than 150 articles, papers, and reviews on medicine, genetics, oncology, pharmacogenomics, and pharmacology. In addition, he has developed four drugs for breast cancer and helped develop Abilify for schizoaffective disorder.

“I have a personal appreciation of HBCUs and I came to Voorhees so I can teach students the importance of receiving a quality education. I want students be fully prepared to obtain careers and leadership roles. Implementing new programs will assist Voorhees with becoming a top ranked and nationally known institution,” De Soto said.

De Soto earned a bachelor’s degree in biophysical chemistry from La Sierra University and earned doctorate degrees in medicine and pharmacology from Howard University College of Medicine. Currently, he is working on his third doctorate in national security studies in national intelligence and security at Henley-Putnam University.

For more information about Voorhees, visit us online at www.voorhees.edu. Students may apply online for the fall or by contacting the Office of Admissions office at (803) 780-1030.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu