Dr. Howard brings more than 25 years of higher education experience to UNC, much of that in senior-level administrative positions, including vice president and vice chancellor of Enrollment and Student Services and dean of Student Affairs, where he has helped deliver measurable results while prioritizing student achievement.
As a Senior Student Affairs Officer, Dr. Howard’s accomplishments include increasing student housing occupancy, completing upgrades to several student services facilities and developing a restorative justice sanctioning process for student conduct.
Dr. Howard has also had great success at his previous institutions in helping to increase donor engagement, securing more than $40 million through external and community fundraising efforts for student scholarships and student-related programs. Under his leadership at a previous institution, the university completed a 25-year campus life master facilities plan in six academic years. A seasoned administrator with experience in program development, strategic planning, accreditation and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Howard brings a breadth of experience in higher education and a collaborative leadership style focused on bringing long-term success.
His professional honors and awards include the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) Pillar of the Profession Award (2019), the national NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean/VP (2018) and the regional NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean/VP Region V (2014).
Dr. Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, his master’s in education in Educational Administration, and his doctorate in education in Educational Leadership and Management.
In his free time, Dr. Howard spends time with his family and being in the great outdoors. He’s an avid golfer who enjoys playing year round. He and his wife, Thais, are the parents of two adult children, CeDrice and Cedric II.