CAU President Ronald Johnson Named One of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential Atlantans


CAU President Ronald A. Johnson is among Atlanta’s 100 most influential people in 2018 as selected by editors of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Educators were well represented in this year’s listing. Johnson joins the company of the presidents of the Atlanta University Center Consortium institutions, including Morehouse College, Spelman College and the Morehouse School of Medicine, as well as presidents of Oglethorpe, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Emory universities and the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

The list also includes the city’s movers and shakers in business, politics, entertainment and sports.

This July, Johnson begins his fourth year as the university’s fourth president. During a June 17, 2018, appearance on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ television news show, he listed three immediate goals for the institution: exposing the university’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development as a “jewel” to the world; developing the university’s financial tech and cyber security initiative; and trumpeting the success of the university’s mass media arts department.

As CAU embarks on a yearlong celebration of its 30th anniversary, President Johnson is spearheading a campaign to raise $1.25 million for student scholarships. Beginning in August, he is traveling to several cities that are hubs for CAU alumni to share his vision of the university as a powerhouse that provides students with an education that prepares them for today’s marketplace. 

“We are moving to the leading edge where technology, innovation and entrepreneurship are found,” he said during the BIZ interview.