Methods shared in Change the Lapel Pin can
propel leaders as they work to transform organizations,
communities and lives as Dr. Johnson has done over a quarter
century as a college president.
The book’s title stems from an early experience in Dr. Johnson’s
career. It is symbolic of the power of leadership actions and
decisions, regardless of their size, and the careful approach
that must be taken.
“The message of this book is that authentic leadership must be
influenced from without but developed from within,” Dr. Johnson
said. “An effective leader molds a personal and dynamic approach
that inspires, changes, and grows organizations and, most
At Tri-C, where Dr. Johnson became president five years ago, he
worked to reshape the student experience with a strong focus on
access, retention, and completion. Graduation numbers
exceeded 4,400 last year — a record high — and continue to
climb under his leadership.
The accomplishments reflect a collaborative campus environment
fostered by Dr. Johnson to involve faculty, staff, and trustees
in all aspects of student success.
“I am proud of Tri-C’s efforts to better equip students for
success,” Dr. Johnson said. “Our graduates leave with the talent
and desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow in Northeast Ohio.
It is my hope that Change
the Lapel Pin helps
this new generation of leaders in more ways than one.”
Proceeds from the book will go toward student scholarships
through the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Gap
Scholarship Fund. The fund benefits students who need
financial aid but do not qualify for federal or state
Change the Lapel Pin
is available online at
www.tri-c.edu/changethelapelpin or through Tri-C
campus bookstores. Cost is $24.95.