Message from the Chancellor: Trustee Michael Johnson

Posted July 14, 2023, 2:23PM

Dear NCCU Community:

It is with profound sadness that I share with you that our beloved vice chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees and alumnus Michael Johnson ’69 passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. His passing is a great loss for his family, the NCCU community and members of the Eagle alumni family.

Trustee Johnson brought to the Board invaluable business acumen and professional expertise. He served diligently as a thought leader, strategic partner and champion on the board, including as chair of the Finance and Facilities committee, and as a member of the Executive/Personnel and Athletics committees. The recent expansion in our campus infrastructure carries his distinct fingerprints and could not have happened without his engagement.

He loved his alma mater, never missing an opportunity to assist NCCU students to envision the bright futures they could achieve, paying forward the investment this institution made in him. Trustee Johnson made many significant financial contributions to the university. It was his gift that catalyzed a $1 million endowment for the NCCU School of Business in 2017. His most recent leadership gifts provide public displays of his deep affection for and impact on NCCU, securing naming rights within NCCU Athletics and the NCCU School of Business. These gifts will support the modernization of the newly named Doug Wilkerson Strength and Conditioning Center, and the development of the curriculum and student recruitment efforts for the newly named Michael P. Johnson Business Administration program.

The funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida 32819 at 11 a.m. Should you wish to share photos of Trustee Johnson with his family, please send them to [email protected].

I would ask that you place his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.


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