Dr. Alex Johnson

President, Cuyahoga Community College

Dr. Alex Johnson is the fourth president of Cuyahoga Community College, or Tri-C, the oldest and largest community college in Ohio. He has been Tri-C’s president since July 2013. Under his leadership, the college has posted record numbers of graduates while strengthening its core mission to provide affordable access to higher education, equity, success, and completion. Nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students attend Tri-C’s four campuses and other Cleveland and suburban locations each year.

Alex is an active participant in the Cleveland community, serving on the boards of United Way of Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, ideastream, Playhouse Square, MAGNET, Team NEO, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. At the national level, he is a member of the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and Higher Education Research and Development Institute (HERDI).

Earlier in his career, Alex served as president of Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus in Cleveland from 1993 to 2003. He also was president of the Community College of Allegheny County, president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, and chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

He is the recipient of many awards and honors including The Frank G. Jackson Visionary Award, The Pittsburgh Business Times CEO of the Year, and the Simon Green Atkins Distinguished Alumnus Award from Winston-Salem State University.

Alex earned a doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from Lehman College and a B.A. degree from Winston-Salem State University.

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