Board of Directors

Dr. Joe Johnson

Dr. Joe Johnson is President Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. He began his career in 1958 as an instructor and research associate in political science and public administration. He left the university in 1960 to work in state government, serving as deputy commissioner of the department of finance and administration and later as executive assistant to Governor Buford Ellington. He returned to UT in 1963 as executive assistant to President Andy Holt, and in 1970 was named Vice President of Development. Later the same year he became chancellor of the university’s health science center in Memphis. Dr. Johnson was named executive vice president in 1973 and  became president of the university in 1991. After retiring in 1999, he continued to play an active role in development for UT and in 2003 was appointed to serve as Interim President. Dr. Johnson has been active in the Knoxville community, serving on the boards of Home Federal Bank, Helen Ross McNabb Mental Health Center, East Tennessee Community Design Center, South College, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts, Southern Region of the Boy Scouts, the Knox County Imagination Library, and the Pat Summitt Foundation Advisory board.  Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Directors of KARM for several years. He also serves with a number of national organizations. Dr. Johnson and his wife Pat are members of the Laurel Church of Christ.

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