Joined Jul 25 2014
Johnny L. Houston has been active in Civic and Community Activities in Elizabeth City for more than thirty years and has been an active member at Corner Stone Missionary Baptist Church for more than a quarter century; he joined in 1987 (?). Most recently, Houston has served CSMBC as a Lay Ministry, Teacher of the MasterLife Classes, Team Leader for the Yokefellow Ministry, Team Leader for the Global Missionary Ministry, Asst. Team Leader of the New Members Ministry, and actively participates in the Greeters’ Ministry and the Men Ministry. Houston provided leadership in naming and dedicating the the John E.Trotman Fellowship Hall in 2007 and the dedicating of the JRR McRay Chapel in 2010. His wife Virginia L. Houston and their two daughters: Dr. Mave T. Houston and Kaiulan M. Houstoni also joined CSMBC in the 1980's.
Johnny L. Houston, Mathematical Scientist, Educator, Research Director, International Specialist, and World Traveler, was born on November 19, 1941 in Sandersville, Georgia; the son of the late Catherine Houston Vinson and the late Bobby Lee Harris. He attended public schools in Macon, GA, graduating from Ballard-Hudson High School in 1960. Houston graduated from Morehouse College in 1964 with a B.A. degree in mathematics and from Atlanta University (Clark Atlanta University) in 1966 with his M.S. degree in mathematics. He studied at the Université de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France (1966-67) and Houston earned his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Purdue University in 1974. He also studied for a summer at the University of Georgia.
He initially came to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in 1984 as the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs; he was appointed Senior Research Professor (Math & Comp. Sc.) in 1988, retiring from ECSU in 2010 as Professor Emeritus.
Houston also taught at E. E. Smith H. S. (Fayetteville, NC), Stillman College, Purdue University, Savannah State University, Clark Atlanta University (Dept. Chair – Math & Comp. Sc.), Fort Valley State University (Callaway Professor of Comp. Sc.) and at Morehouse College (on leave, 2009); as well as served as Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, NASA Langley Research Center, and Argonne National Lab. Houston was awarded more than 15 million dollars for scholarly and research projects and designed, fielded-tested, wrote and produced many textbooks for the school children of Africa, printing in French several million textbooks for the west African country of Senegal.
His travels and scholarly presentations carried him to six different continents, more than 50 countries (25 in Africa) and all fifty states in the USA. Houston has been recognized and honored by several entities, including the HistoryMakers (2013), Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in GA, Who’s Who in Technology, American Men and Women in Science, and the World Directory of Mathematicians. Houston received the UNC Board of Governors Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996); the NC-Governor Service Award (1998), NAM’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1999), the ECSU Chancellor Award (2004), Purdue University BCC Pioneer Award (2009); Houston was invited to the White House for a State Dinner by President George W. Bush when he honored President John A. Kufour, President of Ghana (Sept. 2008); he was also selected and served as the first Director/Manager of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at Purdue University (1972-73).