Speaker Series

John T. WolfeJohn T. Wolfe Jr., PhD, MS, founder and principal of Avant-Garde Higher Education Services and Solutions, Inc., is the guest speaker at the Diversity Speaker Series event Sept. 17, 2018, at the SMC Campus Center.

He will discuss Managing Disruption: Cooperating and Collaborating Even When We Disagree.


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John T. Wolfe Jr., PhD, MS - Bio

John T. Wolfe Jr. is founder and principal of Avant-Garde Higher Education Services and Solutions, Inc., which he established in 1970. He retired in June 2017 as associate vice chancellor for diversity and academic leadership development for the University System of Maryland.

Wolfe’s career spans five decades in the United States and abroad,where he has served as a high school English teacher, employee relations manager, tenured faculty member, department head, dean, and provost. He has beena professor of linguistics at Cuttington College in Liberia;executive director of the National PUSH/Rainbow Coalition;president of Kentucky State University and Savannah State University,respectively; and associate vice chancellor of faculty affairs for the University System of Georgia. 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 and systems as well as public and private sector organizations and corporations. 

Highlights of his numerous professional and civic activities include as an invited participant in an international conference on inclusion in higher education in Bellagio Italy; the University System of Georgia Yamacraw Nano Technology Design Center review and development team; the American Council on Education Commission on Leadership Development; the NCAA Division II President’s Council transition team; the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education delegation to West Africa; chair of the Kentucky delegation to a White House conference on libraries and information services; president of the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English; member of the National Council of Teachers of English board of directors; and trustee of Morris Brown College in Atlanta. He also served as host of The Educational Forum, a Bowie State University cable television program.   

Wolfe also is a trained mediator who served as co-chair of the Washington Regional TaskForce Against Campus Prejudice. He was chair of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summit on Retention and president of the former Higher Education Group of Washington, D.C. He also was a member of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture’s Education Task Forceand the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage. 

Wolfe has spoken and given presentations on such topics such as social media and work place communication; education and training of tomorrow’s workforce;excelling as a teamleader/supervisor; and finding collaborative approaches to achieving diversity. His appointments and consulting work have included matters of workforce diversity; strategic planning;faculty development; assessment and evaluation of higher education administration and management; affirmative action; and effective employment interviewing and selection in eight U.S. states, Scotland, Italy, and West Africa.

Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in English-education from Chicago Teachers College and a master’s in English-education and a PhD in linguistics from Purdue University. As a published scholar, his work covers literary criticism, career development, curriculum, English dialectology, diversity, and photography. 

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