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At John Carroll University, we draw inspiration from St. Ignatius Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises to form leaders who are characterized by self-awareness and reflection, effective decision making, inclusiveness, a commitment to the greater good, and a deep care and respect for others.

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25th President of John Carroll University

Welcome to John Carroll University! It is a great time to be a Blue Streak, and an exciting time for our University. We are proud to welcome the Class of 2023 and to celebrate our recognition as the #2 regional university in the Midwest in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings. This is a milestone, as it represents our 31st consecutive year in top 10.

At John Carroll, we inspire individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. Our values and mission challenge us to lead in a very particular and effective way. Jesuits refer to it as “our way of proceeding.” I call it “Inspired Leadership” – leading not by power, position, or authority, but by supporting those around us, leading by example, encouraging excellence, and inspiring others to do the same. It is the development of a group that collaborates and innovates, just as Saint Ignatius did with the Society of Jesus so many years ago.

Thank you for your interest in John Carroll. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit our campus and learn more about the lasting impact and value of a JCU education.

Best wishes,
Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Michael D. Johnson became the 25th President of John Carroll University on June 1, 2018. The University’s Board of Directors elected him to the position on December 6, 2017. He was formally installed as president on September 6, 2018. Dr. Johnson also joined the Boler College of Business as a professor in the department of Management, Marketing and Supply Chain. Read the official news release.

A social scientist by training, Dr. Johnson most recently served as the Provost of Babson College where he was Professor of Marketing. Appointed in 2016, he was the senior academic officer of the College and led 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 was 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:

  • Hiring approximately two-thirds of the school’s tenure-track and lecturer faculty members: diversity of the faculty, student body and staff increased under Dr. Johnson’s leadership with a particular emphasis on increasing the diversity of the school’s faculty.
  • The expansion and enrichment of academic programs, learning, and career opportunities: during his tenure, SHA undergraduate students graduated with the highest rated educational experience and highest career placement rates at Cornell University.
  • Building external relationships and fundraising opportunities: Dr. Johnson led the school’s capital campaign, completed in 2015, raising more than $160 million. He strengthened the school’s ties to both its alumni network and the greater hospitality industry through the growth of formal industry events, partnerships, and sponsorships.
  • Growing the school’s global platform: Dr. Johnson extended the School’s worldwide reach and influence with an emphasis on international business and faculty development.

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 young 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

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