John Carroll Names Its 25th President


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Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D., has been elected by the John Carroll University Board of Directors as the institution’s 25th president. The Board approved the decision on December 6, 2017. Dr. Johnson will join John Carroll on July 1, 2018, with an appointment that runs through 2023.

Dr. 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 ten years as Dean, E.M. Statler Professor and Professor of Marketing at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, a global leader in hospitality education. Dr. 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. He 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.

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Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Michael D. Johnson becomes the 25th President of John Carroll University on July 1, 2018. The University’s Board of Directors elected him to the position on December 6, 2017. Dr. Johnson will also join the Boler School of Business as a professor in the department of Management, Marketing and Supply Chain.

A social scientist by training, Dr. Johnson is currently the Provost of Babson College where he is Professor of Marketing. Appointed in 2016, he is the senior academic officer of the College and leads all academic affairs, including oversight of the Undergraduate School, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and the Babson Executive and Enterprise Education division. He is responsible for the vision and overall coordination for academic and student affairs, including academic operations, accreditation, student services, career services, centers and institutes, institutional research, athletics, and academic budgeting.

Prior to becoming Provost at Babson, Dr. Johnson served as Dean, E.M. Statler Professor and Professor of Marketing at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration (SHA) for 10 years. As Dean at Cornell he focused on investing in faculty, expanding students' learning and career opportunities, increasing diversity, building an effective fundraising organization, and growing the school's global platform. His accomplishments included:

Johnson was previously at the University of Michigan, where he was the D. Maynard Phelps Collegiate Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. A distinguished scholar, Johnson's research focuses on the development of customer information systems and how they can be utilized to craft strategy and manage customer relationships.

As a professor at the University of Michigan, he published more than 100 academic articles, multiple books, and taught undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. He served as a consultant for a diverse range of companies and public agencies, including Promus Hotels, Northwest Airlines, the National Association of Convenience Stores, Dell Corporation, Schering Pharmaceutical, and Volvo.

Born in Bottineau, ND, Johnson grew up in Madison, WI. He is married to Jill Kobus Johnson. They have three adult sons: Alexander, Andrew, and Thomas.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters and Science

The Very Rev. Martin T. Connell S.J., Ph.D. welcomes our new president to John Carroll University.

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