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Dan Johnson - ChairPerson
Dan Johnson has served in higher education leadership positions for more than 40 years, during which time he developed significant collaborations and partnerships among various public universities, government entities, industrial corporations and international organizations.
Dr. Johnson became president of The University of Toledo in 2001 where he fostered community engagement and led the highly successful effort in 2006 to merge UT with the Medical University of Ohio, creating the third largest public university in the state.
In 2008, after a distinguished career in higher education leadership positions, Dr. Johnson was invited to become Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates with campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. At Zayed University he worked closely with the Minister of Higher Education in building a new, billion-dollar campus in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, he developed collaborative relationships with universities in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.
In 2011, Dr. Johnson returned to the University of Toledo as President Emeritus where he led the University’s initiative for Global Engagement. Since retiring from UT, former President Johnson has remained professionally active in Northwest Ohio. In particular, he has been actively involved in promoting the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame Foundation and working to raise the level of education attainment in Toledo. He is the 2016 recipient of the Medical Mission Hall of Fame Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.