Dr. Johnson was nominated by Victor Ruiz, chairman of the
College’s board of trustees; Mr. Ruiz is also the director of
The nomination highlighted Johnson’s leadership in reshaping the
student experience at Tri-C, with a strong focus on access,
retention and completion. The College’s federally tracked
graduation rate has quadrupled since he became president five
The accomplishments reflect a collaborative campus environment
fostered by Johnson to involve faculty, staff and trustees in
all aspects of student success, leading to record-setting
“Dr. Johnson is invested in the success of Northeast Ohio’s
citizens, and he continues to build a culture of integrity,
transparency and success for all constituents,” Ruiz wrote.
Johnson serves on various national and local boards dedicated to
student achievement and social progress. That involvement
includes work with the American Association of Community
Colleges, where he is chair-elect of the board of directors.
The regional award from the
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) will be
presented to Johnson at the organization’s 49th
annual Leadership Congress, scheduled for October in New York.
The regional award makes Johnson a nominee for the ACCT’s
prestigious Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award, given
annually to a chief executive
officer who demonstrates a commitment to excellence in advancing
the community college movement.
ACCT represents elected and appointed trustees who govern more than
1,200 community, technical and junior colleges across the United
States. These institutions collectively serve more than 11
million students a year.