John T. Wolfe, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. John T. Wolfe, Jr. is currently Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Academic Leadership Development for the University System of Maryland. His career spans more than 48 years in the U.S. and abroad where he has served as a middle and high school English teacher, college basketball coach, manager, tenured faculty member, academic administrator, consultant, executive director of the National PUSH/Rainbow Coalition, and president of Kentucky State University and Savannah State University. Through these positions he has gained knowledge, experience, and transferable skills covering a range of organizational levels, within and across units and divisions in higher education institutions, as well as public and private sector organizations and corporations.
Professionally, Dr. Wolfe, a trained mediator, has served as co-chair of the Washington Regional Taskforce Against Campus Prejudice and is a past chair of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Regional Summit on Student Retention. He has also served as president of the Higher Education Group of Washington, D.C. He has held fellowships with the Gulf Oil Faculty Forum, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council on Education. He has been honored as an Old Master by Purdue University and inducted into the Washington, D.C. Urban League’s Senior Hall of Fame.
He earned a B.Ed. in English-Education from Chicago Teachers College, an M.S. in English-Education and Ph.D. in linguistics from Purdue University. Based on a developing expertise he created and has operated his consulting firm, AGESS, Inc., for more than 45 years. His avocations include photography, golf, cycling, jazz, reading science (physics, biology, and technology), and African American literature. His latest scholarly work is a book chapter: The skin I am in: a perspective on diversity in historically black colleges and universities that was recently published in Ingram, T.N., Greenfield, D.F., Carter, J.D., and Hilton, A. A. (Eds.). (2015). Exploring Issues of Diversity within HBCUs. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.