Dr. Brian K. Johnson is a seasoned educational administrator and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in higher education, college president, professor, consultant, and business owner. He has successfully launched initiatives to strengthen student support and workforce training, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars at several of the nation’s largest colleges.
Dr. Johnson is a Senior Fellow in the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama; National Director of the Community College Leadership Program at Fielding Graduate University; President of Advance Higher Ed, LLC; and owner of Scottsdale, AZ-based Cultural Bridge Entertainment.
Johnson was the first African American president of Montgomery College in Maryland. Under his leadership the College experienced record-high enrollment, opened a new 500-seat performing arts center, and received full-funding from the State and County for an $80 million Bioscience Center and a $60 million Science Building.
Prior to Montgomery College, Johnson served as President of the Allegheny Campus at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following 15 years of executive leadership at Maricopa Community Colleges, in Phoenix, AZ, the largest community college system in the country.
Dr. Johnson has completed numerous executive leadership programs including Harvard University’s New President’s Academy, Harvard’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Learning, the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute, the Pennsylvania Educational Policy Fellowship Program, Leadership Pittsburgh, and Leadership Montgomery.
Dr. Johnson earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, an M.A. in education in counseling/human relations from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ottawa University. He is a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC, and President of the Beta Mu Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Along with cherished time for family vacations, Dr. Johnson enjoys basketball, billiards, canoeing and hiking.