"Heart of a Lion Series" – Article 2

A True Servant

The late Johnny B. Johnson showed heart for students in the midst of his illness

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Before the death of Dr. Johnny B. Johnson, former Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), his servitude and heart for students was prevalent.  Mrs. Dovie Burl, Dean of Student Involvement and Leadership at UAPB, shares her last interaction with the late Dr. Johnson. She stated that she had received an envelope in her office on April 15 from Dr. Viralene J. Coleman. The handwritten letter inside stated that Dr. Johnson has been hospitalized since February and that his recovery is questionable. Dr. Coleman stated that he couldn’t talk but had just managed to express a concern about our involvement with the campus during the week of finals.

Through the works of Dr. Johnny B. Johnson and Faith Presbyterian Church, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) served over 300 students May 3, 2010 during finals week.  President for the United Campus Ministry, Dr. Johnson asked SIL to assemble goodie snack bags because he was unable to do so due to illness (keeping in mind the big concern about healthy foods).

The snack bags included peanut-butter crackers, chips, cookies, candy and gum along with a copy of Faith Presbyterian Church’s address, phone number, list of officers of the church and a quote that said “We are small enough to serve you, but large enough to meet your needs.” The students were also served hot dogs and sodas along with a flavor of jazz music to create a stress free atmosphere.

It is with great joy and honor that the entire team of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership remembers Dr. Johnny B. Johnson for his life works with our students at UAPB by continuing to carry out his legacy to serve our students with grace, love, dedication and commitment until the end with the heart of a lion.

About the Series

Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr., Chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff initiated the theme, ” Accentuate the Positive.” A monthly feature will be posted accentuating something positive about UAPB.  Stories are currently being developed, however,  ideas/concepts are always welcome.  Email your idea here.


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