North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department recently, announced the addition of a national educator in journalism, Bonnie Newman Davis ’79, to its faculty.  She has been awarded the News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professorship.

Davis, a former associate professor of journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Mass Communication, was recently selected as the Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Her longtime involvement with NABJ includes co-founding the former Richmond Association of Black Journalists, which won NABJ’s Chapter of the Year in 1998. Davis also served on NABJ’s national board as the mid-Atlantic regional director from 1999-2003. Additionally, she holds several memberships, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. Before joining academia, Davis was an editor and a reporter for nearly 20 years with The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and Richmond News Leader. She earned a graduate degree in journalism from The University of Michigan in 1980.

“It is, indeed, an honor to be named the Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor at my beloved alma mater,” Davis said. “I have long admired the determination and grit demonstrated by Mrs. Bryant Howroyd, and I am excited to return to A&T to share with students both our stories so that they may anticipate and experience similar paths to success upon graduation,” she added.

As the News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor, Davis will be responsible for continuing to produce scholarly publications, mentor junior faculty and exemplify the initiative, integrity and service associated with this appointment. The three-year endowment is awarded to faculty who exemplify scholarly and professional prominence and who display a strong commitment to research, teaching and the development of future leaders.
"We're determined to build a world-class journalism program at North Carolina A&T and the hiring of Bonnie Newman Davis moves us closer to this goal,” said JOMC Department Chair DeWayne Wickham. “An outstanding complement to our great faculty, Professor Davis will play a major role in managing the Multimedia Newsroom we are creating to give our students live-fire experience in reporting on multiple platforms," he added.

Selection is based on a committee appointed by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Journalism and Mass Communication department chair. The JOMC Department, located in Crosby Hall, offers bachelor’s degrees in journalism and mass communication with concentrations in print journalism, broadcast production, public relations, and electronic media and journalism. It has up-to-date computer laboratories and state-of-the-art broadcast and multimedia production facilities. With over 400 majors, JOMC is one of the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
“When I walk the halls of Crosby Hall and other parts of campus, I am amazed and in awe of A&T’s phenomenal changes and growth,” Davis continued. “I am so very proud to be an Aggie, and, as a Greensboro native, so very glad to be back home.

The News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professorship was established through the generous support of the News & Record, Greensboro’s award-winning daily newspaper, and Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder of one of the largest female, minority-owned businesses in the U.S.  The Endowed Professorship was created to pay homage to Howroyd’s commitment to improving educational opportunities for youth.  Howroyd received her education from the University of Maryland and North Carolina A&T State University. The award is for the support of one endowed professorship. For every $250,000 donated and matched, it is estimated that the endowment would create a yearly payment of at least $25,000 at a 5 percent payout rate. This annual $25,000 supplements a faculty salary to assist in recruiting the very best teachers.