Jacqueline R. Johnson
Jacqueline R. Johnson is the fifth, and the first female, chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris, a position she has held since August 2006. She earned a bachelor's degree (cum laude, with departmental honors) at Macalester College in St. Paul and master's and doctorate degrees in sociology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Johnson began her career as a faculty member and administrator at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where she was a founding member of the Women's Commission and the Grand Rapids Women's Historical Society. Her first administrative appointment in higher education was as chief academic officer at Saint Martin's College in Lacey, Washington (1998–2002). Before joining the Morris community, she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa (2002–06).
In addition to serving on numerous local boards in the communities in which she has resided, Chancellor Johnson has been a participant in several national projects and panels related to higher education. She initiated student and faculty exchange efforts with China at both Saint Martin's College and Buena Vista University and is author or co-author of a number of funded grant projects. Her research interests include a project in partnership with a colleague from the Krakow Academy of Economics, Krakow, Poland, which uses children's art work to explore their perceptions of political culture.