Black Alumni Chapter Executive Board
Sam William Davel Johnson
Sam Johnson is an integral part of any community in which he chooses to take part. Having graduated from Tipton Street High School in Kosciusko, MS in 1964 as Student Body President and served President of the 4-H Club for the state of Mississippi Sam, studied Theatre Arts at Indiana University Northwest where he received his degree in 1968. He received his second degree from The University of New Mexico in 1972 with majors in History and Political Science. In 1976 he was given a Bicentennial UNM Law School degree.
As a university student Sam was just as involved as ever. He founded and directed the Uhuru Sasa Center for the performing Arts which was an African Dancing Troupe made up of UNM students, as well as UNM's Youth Enrichment Program whose mission was, "to instill cultural pride with emphasis on the history of Black people."
As a student activist during his academic career, Sam helped found the African American Studies Program and African American Student Services Center at UNM. He was the first Black Student Body President Pro Tem, Vice President of Student Body Class and a Senator at UNM. He established NAACP College Chapters at several universities within New Mexico, serving as youth advisor/arbitrator for each chapter. Sam was elected 2nd Vice Gran Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity serving on the Supreme Council and becoming President of the 250 undergraduate chapters.
From 1990 to 1994, Sam worked all over Albuquerque at community institutions like the Peace Center and Co-chaired the program "Stepping Into Tomorrows," featuring such luminaries as Attallah Shabazz and Yolanda King (elder daughters of Malcolm X and Rev. ML King, Jr.). Additionally, Sam lectured at 114 universities and 37 religious institutions. From 1994 to 2000 served in Office of the Major, Gary, Indiana as a Youth Empowerment Consultant helping to develop the "One Church One School Student Empowerment Program." Sam also helped establish a student exchange program was established with MLK Academy in Gary, Ind. and Malcolm X College in Chicago, Ill. Recently, Sam has served as National Educational Consultant to Prairie View A & M University, SCLC State Field Cooordinator, and Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University Student Empowerment Consultant. Sam has also served in Operation Push (People United To Serve Humanity) Civil Rights Specialist to the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and Governor's Office; as an assistant to the Dean of UNM's Law School among other prestigious roles.
Sam's efforts to better his community have not gone unnoticed seeing as he has been awarded such illustrious honors as: the Human Rights Achievement Award from the Governor's Office of New Mexico in 1970, both the Region 6 NAACP Outstanding Achievement Award and National Black American Achievement Award in 1989 and was elected the 21st Second Vice Grand Basileus, Omegas Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. His efforts also resulted in an Executive Order establishing New Mexico Martin Luther King Commission on Civil Rights.
Doris Willard graduated from The University of New Mexico in May 1977. Upon graduation she immediately went to work for Lowell Elementary School (Albuquerque Public Schools) as a Tutorial Supervisor. Doris supervised and trained three tutors to assist underachieving students in grade levels 1-3. Her employment was briefly interrupted when she took a leave of absence to travel abroad with her husband. They journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya in East Africa for approximately three months. This is where she actually learned how to appreciate different cultures of the world.
Doris was hired by The University of New Mexico's African American Studies Department immediately upon her return to the United States. Once again she was around youngsters and truly enjoyed the academic environment as well as the many different people attending the University. After a few years at African American Studies, she decided to transfer to The Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management and this is where she remained until she retired in November 2004.
Doris's tenure in the Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management spans 20-plus years. As a Senior Academic Advisor, Doris provided academic consultant services to students, prospective students and former students on a one-to-one, individualized and holistic basis for students expressing an interest in pursuing a bachelor's degree in business. This involved the unique, creative analysis and integration of an individual student's interest, relationships, values, academic achievements and aptitudes as they relate to that person's educational planning and development. She also interfaced/networked with other UNM departments as needed and served as Dean's delegate in formulating procedures and making decisions involving application of academic regulations regarding suspension/probation/admission/rejection to BBA program. Doris monitored at-risk students and counseled accordingly. She also admitted and rejected students as well as certified graduates from BBA program 3x yearly. Decisions made by Doris had a university-wide effect. She was engaged in continuous in-service training related to academic advisement procedures. The BBA program had one of the highest graduation rates on the UNM campus for years.
Doris served on numerous university committees representing BBA program on institutional initiatives; participated in UNM sponsored events including LOBO Orientation, CEP Program Orientation, branch campus and feeder schools advisement activities, which included visiting other schools throughout the state of News Mexico; and participated in hiring, training, and development of new ASM staff members. She also served on campus-wide advising boards and was an active member of NACADA Association (a professional organization of academic advisors). Doris received several awards for excellence in the field of advisement.