News Detail
Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D
The passion that the students, faculty, staff, and alumni have for John Carroll is inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this community.
~Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D.
John Carroll University Names 25th President

January 3, 2018 — John Carroll University has selected Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D., as the institution’s 25th president. Johnson will join John Carroll on July 1, 2018, with an appointment that runs through 2023. 

Johnson currently serves as provost of Babson College, the top-ranked school for entrepreneurship in the United States, where he is also professor of marketing. Prior to his role at Babson, he served for 10 years as dean, E.M. Statler Professor and professor of marketing at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, a global leader in hospitality education. Johnson was a professor of marketing at the University of Michigan for 24 years, where he became the D. Maynard Phelps Professor, before joining Cornell University in 2006.  

“The passion that the students, faculty, staff and alumni have for John Carroll is inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this community,” Johnson said. “As one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country, John Carroll University is poised for growth with many distinctive programs and an exceptional faculty and staff.

“John Carroll University has a rich history in the Jesuit tradition of developing men and women for and with others; this community was built through the leadership of 24 Jesuits, and I hope to honor their legacy with my service to this great university,” Johnson said. 

Johnson earned a doctorate in behavioral science and marketing and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“In my conversation with Dr. Johnson, I was deeply heartened to hear him say that as a committed Catholic, the opportunity to lead a Jesuit Catholic university will allow him to grow and deepen in his own faith, learn from our Jesuit tradition and serve the church and the world," said Jesuit Father Brian Paulson, provincial of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus.  

Johnson will succeed Jeanne M. Colleran, Ph.D., who has been serving as interim president since June 2017, when president Jesuit Father Robert L. Niehoff retired.  

Born in Bottineau, North Dakota, Johnson grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He is married to Jill Kobus Johnson; they have three adult sons: Alexander, Andrew and Thomas.  

For more information on Dr. Johnson, and to view his welcome video, visit presidentialsearch.jcu.edu. [Source: John Carroll University]





Recent News

August 3, 2018 — Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr., current Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois, has been elected as the 12th President of Wheeling Jesuit University.

August 1, 2018 — “A Jesuit never retires, but their ministry changes as they age,” explains Fr. Robert Scullin, SJ.

August 2, 2018 — Today marks the feast of St. Peter Faber, SJ, one of the original seven members of the Society of Jesus.

July 30, 2018 — This month, 61 refugees in Kenya and Malawi earned diplomas from Regis University through the Jesuit Worldwide Learning program.

July 31, 2018 — Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus who passed away on this date in 1556.

July 30, 2018 — Brothers Trevor Rainwater, SJ, and Conan Rainwater, SJ, are both Creighton University grads — and Jesuits.


view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 8/6/18

America 7/23/18

America 7/9/18



Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Penn., is a place of natural beauty, welcoming quiet and spiritual sustenance for those who seek peace within.