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Date: December 12, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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Dr. Brian Johnson Named President of Montgomery College (Md.)
Johnson Could Assume Leadership of Community College As Early As February

Editors: For a high-resolution photo of Dr. Johnson, click on this link: Dr. Johnson.jpg.


Dr. Brian K. JohnsonDr. Brian K. Johnson has been named as the next president of Montgomery College—a multi-campus community college located in Montgomery County, Maryland. The College’s Board of Trustees made the official announcement today at an event on the College’s Rockville Campus, with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and a wide array of community leaders in attendance.

Dr. Johnson brings 20 years of community college leadership experience to Montgomery College. Currently, he serves as chief executive officer of the Allegheny Campus and system senior vice president of student and community services at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.

“I am so very honored and humbled that the Board of Trustees has chosen me as the next president of Montgomery College, one of the finest community colleges in America,” said Dr. Johnson. “Montgomery College is an outstanding institution that has benefited from great leadership, not only from President Nunley, but also from talented faculty and staff across the board who truly embrace a mission centered on students and learning. I’m looking forward to working cooperatively with the college community to build on what I truly see as an institution with 60 years of accomplishment.”

The Board’s selection of Dr. Johnson marks the culmination of a six-month, nationwide search, which began after current president Dr. Charlene R. Nunley announced her retirement. A 20-member presidential search advisory committee made up of Montgomery College students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and community leaders reviewed more than 70 applications for president before selecting 10 for confidential interviews. During the week of November 27, three finalists—Dr. Johnson; Dr. Ana M. Guzmán, president of Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas; and Dr. Karen A. Stout, president of Montgomery County Community College outside Philadelphia—visited the College’s three campuses for a series of meetings and candidate forums.

“Dr. Johnson emerged from an outstanding and highly qualified field of finalists,” said Dr. Sylvia Crowder, chair of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. “From the beginning, the presidential search has been an extraordinary process with so many people giving their time and energy to ensure we choose the right person to lead Montgomery College into the future. Dr. Johnson is a truly gifted educator who is passionate about Montgomery College and the open access mission of all community colleges, and we are delighted that he has accepted the position.”

Dr. Johnson, 50, could start as early as February 2007, at which time Dr. Nunley will retire. He will become the seventh chief executive officer in the College’s 60-year history.

Since 2004, Dr. Johnson has served as chief executive officer of the Allegheny Campus and as system senior vice president for student and community services at the Community College of Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh. He provides executive oversight and strategic leadership of the Allegheny Campus, which has an annual enrollment of 20,000 students. He also provides leadership in student and community services for the entire system of four campuses and seven educational centers, totaling more than 18,000 full-time equivalent students.

While serving as CEO, Dr. Johnson established integrated enrollment services and coordinated $1 million worth of improvements to the campus student lounge and theatre. He also spearheaded and launched the college’s Achieving the Dream Initiative, which joined the Community College of Allegheny County with 57 other colleges in a nationwide initiative to raise the bar of student achievement. Prior to his promotion to CEO, Dr. Johnson was vice president of the Allegheny Campus.

Dr. Johnson has experience working in single college environments where the budget was $70 million; multi-campus environments where the budget was $90 million; and a multi-college district where the budget was in excess of half a billion dollars. Dr. Johnson’s background also includes experience as a workforce educator in adult basic education/GED classes, student counselor, community college and university faculty member, and community organizer. He has taught English as a Second Language, and led and supervised Native American student programs.

Dr. Johnson previously served as vice president of student and community services at Mesa Community College, in Mesa, Ariz., part of the Maricopa Community College District. At the community college, he progressively advanced from entry-level management positions in student advising to senior administration positions as dean of students. 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 multi-million 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 College’s 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.

Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring. The College is second in the state, behind the University of Maryland, College Park, in its total number of undergraduate students. Montgomery College also serves the business community and local residents by offering noncredit courses and training programs through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education division. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study. Montgomery College employs more than 1,500 full time faculty, staff, and administrators and has a $180.2 million tax-supported operating budget.

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