Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, a native of Alabama, is the fourteenth and sixteenth president of Shaw University. She was the twelfth president of Johnson C. Smith University (JSCU) and the first female to hold each of these prestigious titles.
She retired from Shaw University December 31, 2013 and holds the title of President Emerita at both Johnson C. Smith University and Shaw University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Social Science from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Atlanta University (Georgia), with further study at the University of Singapore (Fulbright Scholar), Hampton University, Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago), Northwestern University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Virginia State University, JCSU and Shaw University.
She earned certificates in management development from Harvard University and is listed as an arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, the National Mediation Board and the American Arbitration Association.
She also is a Special Magistrate with the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission and she serves as a consultant on governance, the presidency and other higher education topics.