Clarence Armbrister, the 14th president of Johnson C. Smith University (JSCU), Charlotte’s only historically Black university, announced his retirement. Armbrister joined the university in 2018 and will remain in his role through June.
Under his presidency, JCSU secured its largest financial commitment of $80 million as part of the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative.
“It is a bittersweet moment for me and my family because we love this university and the unparalleled opportunities HBCUs like ours provide for thousands of students across the country each year,” Armbrister said in a letter Tuesday to faculty, staff and students.
The university’s leadership will continue to execute the university’s strategic plan known as the “Golden Blueprint,” which focuses on four key areas:
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Armbrister said that it has been a “privilege and an honor” to serve JCSU.