Academic Affairs Office of the Provost
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Leonard Johnson, Professor of Education in the School of Education, has been appointed Associate Provost for Academic Operations effective January 3, 2017.
Johnson brings to the position over 40 years of higher education experience and has been at Ferris since 1998. Most recently, he served as Program Coordinator in the School of Education during the Director’s position search. He was also Chair of the Strategic Planning and Resource Council from 2010 to 2014 and collaborated with faculty, staff, administrators, and community members to advance the University’s strategic plan.
Another key leadership position that Johnson has held at Ferris is Chair of the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) for six years as well as having been an active UCC committee member for four years. His accomplishments on this committee included streamlining processes to more efficiently handle curriculum proposals resulting in more proposals getting through the pipeline, curriculum manual revisions, and effective policy changes. Johnson was also an integral member on the General Education Task Force from 2009 – 2014.
Johnson earned his PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University in Ohio, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel Services, also from Kent State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College.