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NCCU Trustee and Alumnus Honored

Trustee Michael P. Johnson

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame has added an Eagle as its latest Lifetime Achievement recipient. 

North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees member and alumnus Michael P. Johnson will be formally installed on Sept. 27, 2019, at the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Atlanta.

Johnson is honored for his continuous support to NCCU. In 2017, he made a $250,000 gift to the School of Business that became the catalyst for establishing a new $1 million endowment. Johnson’s original donation was matched by a gift from the University of North Carolina General Administration. An additional match was received by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Part B program – creating the $1 million total endowment.

He also supported two 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 significant gift from Johnson.

“The root cause of the socioeconomic issues in our country is the lack of educational opportunity. In order for the country to be everything it can be, our youth must be positioned through higher education to be everything they can be," said Johnson. "Education is the key to building a strong country and community and HBCU’s have played a vital role in positioning our youth to reach their full potential.”

Johnson has had a distinguished business career including appointments to corporate boards. He is president and chief executive officer of the business-management consulting firm, the J&A Group LLC and previously served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of The Williams Companies, a Tulsa-based energy company. He has also held executive roles with the Amoco Corporation and Lockheed Martin. He currently serves on the board of directors for QuikTrip Corporation and previously served on the board of CenterPoint Energy, Buffalo Wild Wings and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Distinguished Alumni Award; 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; the Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award to name a few.

In addition to his corporate service, Johnson’s many community activities include membership on the board of directors for the Tulsa Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in America. He and his wife were recognized by Bethune-Cookman University with the naming of the Michael and Elizabeth Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, and he was presented with an honorary doctorate. In 2009, Johnson was inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society’s Hall of Fame.

Johnson previously served as board chairman for: Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees; The Foundation for Tulsa Schools; and the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League. He also served on the Bethune-Cookman University Board of Trustees and the Tulsa Community College Foundation.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NCCU and is a graduate of the advanced management program from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. 

“I am grateful to be honored with this award, I have been blessed with opportunities which were made possible as a result of my education and the foundation I received at NCCU. I hope my efforts will inspire others and our young people to pay it forward,” Johnson adds. 

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