Zakia Johnson: Higher Education Professional Motivated by College Experience

Zakia W. Johnson

Director of Testing & Campus Wide Diversity Committee Co-Chair at Howard Community College



My passion for higher education administration stems from my experience as a first generation, Black, female student. I am a former military brat whose parents did not obtain their degrees. However, they instilled in me the importance of education. So, as an alum of Upward Bound and Student Support Services at the University of Delaware, I was exposed to higher education at a very young age. However, during my first year at the University of Delaware I struggled significantly and was told by an advisor that I wouldn’t make it. From that experience, I was humbled and challenged to excel.

I have been committed to providing support to those who experience similar adversity. I also became very active due to my ability to manage my responsibilities. I worked as an RA, Hall Director, and professional administrator at UD. I also received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from UD (BA in Criminal Justice, M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration). Because of my amazing experience at the University of Delaware, I decided to pursue a career in higher education. I love the ability to advocate for students and lead others who want to do the same. I am currently working as the Director of Testing at Howard Community College and I am pursuing my doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration at Morgan State University.