LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Dr. Roger Johnson, retired LHU provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be the featured speaker for the Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus spring 2010 commencement ceremony.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Commencement will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 in the Clearfield Middle School Auditorium.
Dr. Johnson graduated with honors in 1963 from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in mathematics and German; he then earned his MA and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, he entered the US Army, where he achieved the rank of Captain while teaching at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
In 1970, Dr. Johnson returned to the University of Southern Mississippi as an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature. During his twenty-one-year tenure at USM, Dr. Johnson served as Department Chair, Director of Comparative Literature, Director of Humanities, and helped establish intensive summer language programs, a graduate program in comparative literature, an undergraduate minor in humanities, an undergraduate degree in teaching English as a second language, and three graduate programs in foreign languages. In 1991, Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of Lewis-Clark State College, where he served as Chairperson of the Division of Literature and Languages for seven years.
Dr. Johnson came to Lock Haven University in 1998 as Dean of the College of Arts and Science and was appointed in 2006 as Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. A strong advocate for general education requirements and a liberal arts curriculum, Dr. Johnson worked for a more diverse faculty and student body, and helped expand the International Studies program and establish the Nanoscience program.
A scholar and proponent of scholarly efforts, in 2005 Dr. Johnson and a small group of LHU faculty members envisioned a spring day on which the university would celebrate the scholarly achievements of its students and faculty. As Provost, Dr. Johnson made this vision a reality.
Dr. Johnson retired from the University in 2009 and resides in Hollidaysburg with his wife, Patricia.