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Former JCSU president Wilbert Greenfield remembered
Led school from 1973-82
Published Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:08 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Wilbert Greenfield, Johnson C. Smith University’s president from 1973-82, died last week at age 83.

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Wilbert Greenfield, Johnson C. Smith University’s 10th president, died last week at age 83.

During Greenfield’s tenure from 1973-82, he led the school’s drive to gain support from multiple government agencies, developed the Honors and an Archival Center to preserve campus and community heritage. JCSU built the Johnson-Seabrook Education Building in 1977, and in 1984 the Board of Trustees named a 200-student dormitory.

“I am very sad to announce the passing of Dr. Greenfield,” Armbrister said in a statement. “So much of the work he did throughout the 1970s secured JCSU’s position as an anchor on Charlotte’s west side. His ability to garner funding from government and private sources enhanced the intellectual rigor and the facilities on campus. The university continues to benefit from his accomplishments, and I am honored to stand on his shoulders as the 14th president.”

Shirley Hughes, chair of JCSU’s Board of Trustees, said Greenfield’s vision for strengthening the university’s academic enterprise serves as an inspiration to the board.

“We are ever mindful of Dr. Greenfield’s leadership in a long line of former Presidents who have helped establish JCSU as one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” she said in a statement. “The Board of Trustees is developing a strategic plan that capitalizes on Dr. Greenfield’s contributions. We honor his legacy by providing for innovations in curriculum that will attract the brightest students and prepare them to be 21st century leaders.”

Greenfield, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, was born July 8, 1933, in Seven Springs, N.C. After earning an advanced degree from the University of Iowa, Greenfield began his career in education in 1967 as professor and chair of the Department of Biology at Jackson State College (now University) in Mississippi.


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