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NCCU Trustee & Alumnus Honored with MEAC Award

Trustee Michael P. Johnson

North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees member and alumnus Michael P. Johnson was honored with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Distinguished Alumni Award for his continuous support to North Carolina Central University. The award was presented during the 2016 MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Va. on March 9.

The recognition is presented annually during the MEAC Basketball tournament to an alumnus based on his or her contribution and support to the university. Johnson received the award naming him a distinguished alumni at a special on-court halftime ceremony during the tournament’s quaterfinals.

Johnson supported two new NCCU initiatives, the Finish Line Initiative and Minimum Admissions Requirements Pilot Program, in 2015. The programs, developed to increase student success, were greatly enhanced by a $50,000 gift from Johnson.

Johnson is president and chief executive officer of his own business-management consulting firm, the J&A Group LLC in Tulsa, Okla. Previously, he served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer in charge human resources, strategic services and other divisions of Williams Companies, a Tulsa-based energy company.

His current community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in America. He was recently recognized by Bethune-Cookman University with the naming of the Michael and Elizabeth Johnson Center for Civic Engagement along with being awarded a honorary doctorate degree. In 2009, Johnson was inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society’s Tulsa Hall of Fame.

Johnson previously served the community as board chairman for: the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees; The Foundation for Tulsa Schools; and the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League. He also served on the board of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.; Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees; Tulsa Community College Foundation; Tulsa Industrial Authority; Amoco Foundation; Orange County Branch of the NAACP; and the Orlando Aviation Authority. 

Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Tulsa Board of Education’s Light Keeper’s Award; the Foundation for Tulsa Schools’ Excellence in Education Award; 100 Black Men of Tulsa Community Service Award; the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Community Excellence Award; the Oklahoma State University Community ICON Award; and the Martin Luther King Commemorative Society Keeping the Dream Alive Award to name a few.

He has served in various executive capacities with companies including Amoco Corp. and Lockheed Martin. Johnson earned a bachelor’s in business administration from NCCU and attended the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.


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