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Date: September 14, 2007
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College to Hold Inauguration Ceremony for New President
Event Honoring Dr. Brian K. Johnson as College's Seventh President Set for Oct. 9

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Montgomery College will hold an inauguration ceremony to commemorate the installation of its new president, Dr. Brian K. Johnson, on Tuesday, October 9 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Md. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., with a reception immediately following.

Themed “Learning Locally, Transforming Globally,” the inaugural festivities will include choral and instrumental performances; speakers from visiting colleges and universities, and the college and greater community; and an inaugural address by Dr. Johnson. In his address, Dr. Johnson will present his vision for the future of Montgomery College. He will challenge faculty and staff to create “a culture of social responsibility” that is more responsive to the needs of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents, more committed to addressing the state’s workforce challenges, and more attuned to the dynamics of the global economy.

Among the leaders who will speak prior to Dr. Johnson’s inaugural address will be Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, and representing colleges, universities, and educational organizations will be Dr. Murray K. Hoy, president of Wor-Wic Community College in Maryland; Dr. J. Keith Motley, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston; Dr. Rufus Glasper, chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona; and Dr. James L. Bennett, president of the National Council on Black American Affairs, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Johnson became the president of Montgomery College on February 1, following a nationwide search by the College’s Board of Trustees. With the appointment, he became the seventh chief executive officer in the College’s 61-year history. Dr. Johnson replaced Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, who retired after eight years as president.

"I am very fortunate,” said Dr. Johnson. “I have joined a college with a legacy of excellence that few community colleges in the nation can match. The challenge going forward is not just to sustain but to enrich this legacy. We need to take a close look at our region's shifting demographics, at changing workforce needs, at the impact of the global economy, and then determine how best to serve Montgomery County and how best to serve the residents of Maryland. This much is clear: Preparing our students for today's world won't do. We need to prepare them for tomorrow."

As president of Montgomery College, Dr. Johnson leads a public, open admissions community college with campuses at Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, in Montgomery County, Maryland. The College is the second largest undergraduate institution in the state, behind the University of Maryland, College Park. It also provides a broad array of continuing education and training opportunities for the business community and local residents, through noncredit courses and programs offered through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education division. Montgomery College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

Dr. Johnson brings 20 years of community college leadership experience to Montgomery College. Previously, he served as the CEO of the Allegheny Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this role, Dr. Johnson provided executive oversight and strategic leadership for the Allegheny Campus, which has an annual enrollment of 20,000 students. He also served as the senior vice president for student and community services for the entire CCAC system since 2004. Dr. Johnson provided leadership in student and community services for the CCAC system of four campuses and seven educational centers, totaling more than 62,000 students annually.

While at the Community College of Allegheny County, Dr. Johnson spearheaded and launched the College’s “Achieving the Dream” effort, a nationwide initiative to raise the bar of student achievement. The Community College of Allegheny County joined a group of 57 other colleges as part of this innovative effort. Prior to his promotion to CEO at Allegheny, Dr. Johnson served as vice president of the Allegheny Campus where he provided administrative and academic leadership.

Dr. Johnson previously served as vice president of student and community services at Mesa Community College, in Mesa, Arizona, part of the Maricopa Community College District. While there, he progressively advanced from management positions in student advising to senior administration positions. During his tenure at Mesa Community College, he opened a second comprehensive campus, which currently serves 4,000 students. He also held a leadership role in a successful $386 million capital bond campaign for the community college district and helped secure a multimillion dollar health services grant.

Dr. Johnson earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Arts in education in counseling/human relations from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ottawa University. Additionally, Dr. Johnson has completed numerous executive leadership programs, including the American Association of Community Colleges’ Future Leaders Institute, Harvard’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Learning and the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Executive Leadership Institute.

Information about the October 9 inauguration can be found at

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