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Clark Atlanta University to Inaugurate Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D. as Its Fourth President

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016

Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D.


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ATLANTA (Sept. 26, 2016)    Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will officially inaugurate Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D., as its fourth president Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m.  This landmark occasion will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel located at 830 Westview Dr., SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30314.  Immediately following the installation ceremony a reception will be held on the Historic Harkness Hall Quadrangle on the main campus of CAU located at 223 James P. Brawley Dr., SW.  The Investiture and Celebration will showcase CAU as a hub where students and faculty create ideas that matter while lifting every voice to their full potential. 

Johnson assumed this pivotal role at CAU July 1, 2015.  He immediately moved to restructure every degree program at CAU to include “stackable credentials” for students to enhance their portfolio and boost their competitiveness in the global workforce.  During his first year as president CAU moved up in rank to 18 in the Top 20 Best HBCU’s by U.S. News & World Report.  A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he married the love of his life, Irene, with whom he has one son.  His academic profile is extensive, including a B.A. in economics plus an MBA in finance from Adelphi University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Stanford University.

“Clark Atlanta University is a national treasure that over the course of a combined 300 years has gifted this nation with leaders, intellectuals, change agents and visionaries who have made a profound difference,” said Dr. Johnson.  “‘Lifting Every Voice’ is how we define the future in a world that is changing in unpredictable ways.  It is in this way that we ensure that our students are well equipped and prepared to shape and inform the future, so that their voices, too, are valued in this process.  I invite you, therefore, to join us in ‘Lifting Every Voice’,” he continued.

Prior to taking the helm at CAU, Johnson was dean of the Texas Southern University Jesse H. Jones School of Business and a full professor of finance since 2011.  He also served as dean of Western Carolina University's College of Business in Cullowhee, N.C.  In addition, he has taught in multiple business disciplines, including finance and economics at Florida A&M University, Northeastern University and Howard University.  

"In Ronald Johnson, we have identified a scholar of tremendous intellect, a global financier with impeccable credentials, an institution-builder with a demonstrable record of successes, a fundraiser with highly developed strategic acumen and a compassionate role mode whose obvious desire to engage and empower students s borne out of his own personal journey," said CAU Board of Trustees Chairman Alexander B. Cummings Jr., at the time Dr. Johnson was selected.

Beyond his many achievements in academia, Johnson is a highly sought after economist.  He managed $3 billion in assets as president and chief investment officer at Smith Graham & Company in Houston.  Prior to that prestigious role, he oversaw $2 billion in assets as director of global fixed income research and senior portfolio manager at Templeton Worldwide Inc. in Fort Lauderdale.  Dr. Johnson also served as division chief of domestic financial markets at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, as well as The Federal Reserve System Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

Presidential Interview Opportunities 

President Johnson will be available for press interviews during a 30-minute window beginning at 1 p.m.  All interviews will be conducted in Trevor Arnett Hall on the main level.  For more information please visit www.cau.edu/lev.          

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