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Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson will be the new Morris chancellor beginning August 1.

UMM names chancellor

Jacqueline Johnson is the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris

May 16, 2006

Almost a year after Sam Schuman announced his retirement, the University of Minnesota has found his replacement. Jacqueline Johnson, the outgoing vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, will be the new Morris chancellor beginning August 1.

"Dr. Johnson has a proven track record as a strong leader with a deep commitment to liberal arts education," says Bruininks. "Her demonstrated leadership ability, administrative and academic experience and unique understanding of the regional and national reputation of the Morris campus and the University's mission made her the top candidate for this position."

Johnson previously served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Martin's College in Washington state and chair of the department of anthropology and sociology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

"I am honored to have been selected as the next chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris, (UMM) and I look forward to serving the University community, the town of Morris, and the region," says Johnson, who holds a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul.

"I have long been impressed by the outstanding national reputation Morris holds among public liberal arts colleges, and I was even more impressed after visiting Morris last month--with the quality of students, faculty, and staff and their clear sense of dedication to the university's mission," she says. "Schools like Morris are, in my opinion, the best setting for the educational experiences students need in the 21st century. It will truly be a privilege for me to work within this context to further advance UMM's reputation and mission."

Schuman, who has led Morris for 11 years and will step down on June 30, has been instrumental in many major accomplishments at UMM. Among them: the Morris campus being declared a national historic district, UMM's transition to NCAA Division III status in intercollegiate athletics, and UMM raising nearly $10 million--close to double its goal--during Campaign Minnesota, the Universitywide fund-raising drive that brought in $1.6 billion.

"We conducted a rigorous national search to find a suitable replacement for retiring Chancellor Sam Schuman [because] we have big shoes to fill," says Robert Jones, senior vice president for system administration. "Dr. Johnson received strong support from across the Morris community."

Nancy Carpenter, a UMM associate professor who chaired the search committee, says, "Dr. Johnson will be, like Dr. Schuman before her, a passionate advocate for our liberal arts mission. We're looking forward to her leadership in this new era in our history, and are confident that she will be able to build on the good work Sam Schuman has done for our institution."

The University of Minnesota, Morris, one of the University's five campuses, is named one of the top five public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2006 rankings of America's Best Colleges. Declared "a model liberal arts college" by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in its recent reaccreditation report, UMM's mission as an affordable undergraduate college complements its small, residential atmosphere.

To learn more about Schuman's retirement, read Schuman announces retirement on UMNnews.