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Dr. Alex Johnson to Become Fourth President of Cuyahoga Community College

5/15/2013, 8:38 a.m.

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, president of Sacramento City College; Dr. Belinda S. Miles, provost and executive vice president, Academic and Student Affairs, at Tri-C; and Dr. Daniel J. Phelan, president of Jackson Community College District.

During his tenure at CCAC, Johnson is credited with strengthening the college’s leadership in meeting the Pittsburgh region’s workforce and economic development needs as well as expanding recognition of the college regionally and nationally, building CCAC’s commitment to diversity and updating the facilities needed for innovative learning. He has also worked to strengthen the college’s financial position through effective and efficient budget management processes and the expansion of revenue streams, including a groundbreaking $41 million fundraising campaign.

CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students.

While chancellor at Delgado Community College, Johnson served on multiple local and regional boards and advisory committees and contributed his expertise to the recovery of New Orleans as a member of several committees of Mayor C. Ray Nagin’s “Bring New Orleans Back Commission.” Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco appointed him to the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Johnson currently serves on the boards of the National Labor College, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He is serving in numerous capacities with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), including member of the Board and its Executive Committee, chair of the Committee on Community College Advancement, member of the Voluntary Framework on Accountability Steering Committee, member of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, and co-chair of the Implementation Committee for the Commission’s report Reclaiming the American Dream.

He earned a doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from Lehman College, a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University and is the recipient of two honorary degrees.

Tri-C is the largest of 23 community colleges in Ohio. The College is second in Ohio and 61st in the nation in conferring associate degrees in all disciplines.

Fully accredited, the College has been selected as an Achieving the Dream College and is a board member college of the League for Innovation. Each year more than 55,000 credit and non-credit students take courses at our four traditional campuses, two Corporate College locations, 50+ off campus sites and via television and the Internet. Offering more than 1,000 credit courses and more than 140 career and technical programs and liberal arts curricula, Cuyahoga Community College is a highly respected academic institution focused on student success.