Change in Academic Leadership Announced

Dr. Barbara Johnson and Dr. A.J. Anglin
Photographed (from left-to-right): Dr. Barbara Johnson and Dr. A.J. Anglin.

Dr. Barbara J. Johnson, vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University, has chosen to take an administrative sabbatical for the remainder of the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Johnson will return to the ATU faculty in her role as professor of student affairs administration at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester.

“I look forward to training the next generation of leaders in higher education as a member of the faculty in the student affairs administration program,” said Johnson.

Johnson joined Arkansas Tech and has served in its administration since July 1, 2019. She will continue serving as vice president for academic affairs through Dec. 31, 2021.

“I am appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s efforts in her administrative role during her tenure as vice president for academic affairs,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “Her leadership helped ATU strengthen partnerships with two-year campuses around the state, maintain existing and attain new programmatic accreditations and reaffirm our institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission for an additional 10-year period. Furthermore, she implemented our academic coaching initiative and initiated a new summer bridge experience for incoming students, all while helping faculty and students continue academic progress amid a global pandemic.”

Dr. A.J. Anglin will provide interim leadership for the ATU Division of Academic Affairs beginning in January 2022. It will be his second interim appointment at Arkansas Tech. He previously provided leadership for the ATU Division of Academic Affairs from January 2015-June 2016.

“Dr. Anglin is an experienced and respected academic leader who will serve as a resource to the university community as we work together to support our mission of student access and success,” said Bowen. “We look forward to welcoming him back to Arkansas Tech.”

Anglin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from John Brown University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical chemistry from the University of Arkansas. He participated in a National Science Foundation research grant at Brandeis University and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

After serving as a chemistry faculty member and administrator at Taylor University (Ind.) from 1970-82, Anglin went on to serve as vice president and academic dean at Aurora University (Ill.) from 1982-85, vice president for academic affairs at John Brown University from 1985-91, provost at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) from 1991-96, president at Trinity Christian College (Ill.) from 1996-2002, vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University (Pa.) from 2003-08 and vice president for academic affairs at Missouri Southern State University from 2010-12.