Christine Johnson Appointed to Achieving the Dream Board of Directors

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 16, 2015) – Achieving the Dream President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout today welcomed Dr. Christine Johnson, Chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane, as a Director of Achieving the Dream, a non-profit leading a national reform movement for student success in higher education.

A career educator with more than 30 years of experience and Chancellor since 2010, Johnson joins nine Directors in guiding Achieving the Dream to implement a strategic plan with new areas of emphasis in teaching and learning and technology and an intensified focus on systemic institutional change within community colleges.

“Dr. Johnson’s extensive experience leading community colleges in Colorado and Washington, her pride in the openness of community colleges, and her dedication to student success make her an outstanding addition to the Board of Achieving the Dream,” Stout said. “We feel fortunate that she has agreed to contribute her time and her knowledge to our work.”

Before she became Chancellor, Johnson was special assistant to the provost at the University of Colorado Denver. She also served as president of the Community College of Denver (CCD), a six-campus institution serving 15,000 full-time-equivalent students annually where Johnson erased a budget deficit during the greatest reduction in state funding history while helping CCD become one of the fastest growing colleges in the country. She also led CCD to earn a rank among the top 13 two- and four-year institutions in the nation for student success and retention in the first year of college. Community College of Denver also was an Achieving the Dream college during Johnson’s tenure.   Earlier in her career, Johnson was vice president for educational services at Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System, serving as the state’s Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado community college system.

In a 2010 interview with the Spokane Spokesman-Review, Johnson said, “I bring a perspective (of) a rural kid who didn’t have higher education in her neighborhood. It’s important to me to provide access to students who are rural kids and need that opportunity.”

Johnson, a champion of excellence and equity in higher education, contributes to community colleges and higher education through service as an executive committee member of Spokane STEM and as a member of GSI's Higher Education Leadership Group, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council board, Spokane's University District board, Washington State University-Spokane Advisory Council, and the Strategic Visioning Committee of the Washington Association for Community and Technical Colleges. At the national level, Dr. Johnson's service includes the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), Community College Survey for Student Engagement (CCSSE), Western Governors University (WGU) — Academic Affairs Council, and American Association of Community College's (AACC) 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and 21st Century Initiative-Implementation Team: Community College/K12 Collaboration for College Readiness.

Johnson earned a doctorate in educational administration and supervision and a master’s degree in curriculum administration from the University of Colorado- Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from New Mexico State University-Las Cruces.

Achieving the Dream Board of Directors Chair Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr. made the appointment.


Media Contacts

Lynn Reddy, Achieving the Dream
(301) 520-9940
lreddy@achievingthedream.org

Annie Gannon, Community College of Spokane
(509) 434-5150
annie.gannon@ccs.spokane.edu

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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