Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named interim assistant vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College, and Dr. Paul Fox has been named interim director of the School of Education.
Both will begin their new duties at Tusculum College on August 6. Johnson steps into the position previously held by Dr. Melinda Dukes who has been named interim vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Johnson previously served director of the School of Education and as assistant professor of education.
In her new role she will direct academic support programs for the College, including the Registrar’s Office, Faculty Services, the Teaching and Learning Initiative, Academic Advising and the Academic Resource Center. She will also serve to support the efforts of the interim vice president for Academic Affairs.
“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “She has guided our School of Education to become a model for teacher education and has been a strong mentor to our faculty in the program.”
Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from East Tennessee State University, also earned her master’s degree and doctorate of education, both in educational leadership and policy analysis, from ETSU.
As director of the School of Education, she was responsible for all aspects of the Teacher Licensure Program, including elementary education, middle grades, secondary education, special education, early childhood education, physical education, athletic training in education program, sports management and sports science.
“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and leadership team as we move Tusculum College forward through the development of new programs, continued service to our community, and the provision of solid, excellent educational experiences for our students.”
Dr. Johnson also currently serves as a program evaluator for the Tennessee Board of Examiners.
With Dr. Johnson’s change in position, Dr. Paul Fox will step in to lead the School of Education as interim director.
Dr. Fox has 25 years of administrative experience in education, including serving as school improvement specialist and supervisor for the Greene County School System. He has also taught in the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tusculum College in 1977 and holds a master’s degree in reading and a doctorate in educational administration, both from ETSU.
“My involvement with Tusculum College began more than 37 years ago as an undergraduate student. Now, it is such a high honor to come back ‘home’ and to be associated with this institution of learning, its administration, its faculty, its students and its alumni,” said Fox.
Dr. Fox has served as president of the Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers Association and has taught at Union College in Kentucky and at ETSU.
“I am confident that Drs. Johnson and Fox will provide key leadership to move Tusculum College forward with our vision of being known throughout the mid-South for adherence to Judeo-Christian values, allegiance to the liberal arts, and avenues for career preparation and civic engagement, all delivered through innovative course structures and personal attention from outstanding faculty,” said Moody.