As president of Cuyahoga Community College, Dr. Alex Johnson focuses on strengthening the college’s 50-year mission of providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services. Starting in July, he will also serve as Chair of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors. The AACC represents about 1,200 two-year institutions, serving as an advocacy organization for the colleges.
Since becoming president in July 2013, he has instituted programs to strengthen access, equity, success and completion for the nearly 55,000 credit and non-credit students each year who attend Tri-C locations. His recent book, Change the Lapel Pin. Personalizing Leadership to Transform Organizations and Communities, based on more than 25 years of experience as a college president, provides insights on how leaders at all levels can improve their chances for success.
Prior to coming to Ohio’s largest community college, Dr. Johnson served as president of the Community College of Allegheny County, a multi-campus college in and around Pittsburgh. He served a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and was on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education. He was previously chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans and president of Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Malden Mills Citizen’s Award, The Frank G. Jackson Visionary Award, the Pittsburgh Business Times CEO of the Year, the Simon Green Atkins Distinguished Alumnus Award from Winston-Salem State University, the Black Professional of the Year, and the Association of Community College Trustees 2018 Central Region CEO of the Year.
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