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New Tuskegee President aims to fix campus concerns

Brian Johnson (Source: Tuskegee University) Brian Johnson (Source: Tuskegee University)
TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) -

He's one of the youngest men to lead Tuskegee University.

Dr. Brian Johnson, 41, has been in office for 38 days, and is already hitting the ground running.

He's making his approachable personality known and establishing an open door policy with students.

"We are going to be serving them directly," Dr Johnson said. "What are their concerns? What are their needs? Those are going to be automatically translated into outcomes."

Dr. Johnson is the new president of Tuskegee University.

He's show casing the total renovation of the student activity center, a $28 million upgrade that hopes to be completed in April.

"This first year, we are committed to doing three fundamental things," Johnson said. "First we will complete a university wide self study. No promises on the outcome of how great we are going to do until I learn this institution. Secondly, creating an outcome orientated institution. Thirdly, instituting a management philosophy."

Dr. Johnson says he just wants to continue the Tuskegee tradition and also address major concerns that are plaguing the university.

Some major upgrades have been underway since the end of May at residence halls on campus, including Banneker and Bethune Halls.

In a special report we did in April, students exposed deplorable conditions in these dorms and other buildings across the campus. Now, new windows have been installed and dorm room and bathroom upgrades are in progress at several residence halls. The new president says he's heard the student dorm concerns and they will be addressed.

"It's our commitment to making sure that you are communicative and transparent where you can sit down with a student and say 'hey let's talk a little bit about what is happening here,'" Dr Johnson said.

Dr. Johnson's first address to the student body will be at the summer commencement exercises on August 1.

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