Keeping COVID Out of the Classrooms

February 02, 2023


Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail

Amid widespread concern for how educational institutions could continue to provide quality education while remaining safe and healthy, Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, President of St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, focused on keeping her college community healthy and informed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As President, Dr. McPhail’s ability to create an engaging atmosphere for her students while handling the death of her husband and COVID-19 pandemic within a college community was astonishing. Dr. McPhail prioritized her community’s safety by promoting health literacy practices and engaging the student body to work together to accomplish a common goal. Dr. McPhail shared her personal losses and how faith in her religion and students pushed the university to “just excel and soar high.”