William R. Johnson Personal Papers
- Johnson, William R. (Rudolph), 1933- (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma Dr. Johnson served as an Assistant Professor of History at Austin Peay State College (1959-1962), a Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Dakota (1967), an Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University (1968-1973), and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University (1972-1973). From here Dr. Johnson moved into an Administration role with Texas Tech University where he served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Senior Associate Vice President (June 1, 1973-September 1975), Dean of Faculties and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs (September 1975-December 1975) and finally being named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties (December 1975-June 1976).
Dr. Johnson was named the forth President of Stephen F. Austin State University on July 1, 1976 and was inaugurated on November 18, 1976. During his tenure SFASU saw growth of the campus as new structures were erected including a Health Center, Agriculture Building, Physical Plant Shop, Home Economics Building – South, Art Building, Mathematics and Nursing Building, University Woods Apartments, a 400-bed residence hall, and additions to the University Center, Forestry, the Ferguson Building, and the Early Childhood Center. There were also renovations made to Chemistry, Ferguson, and Griffith Fine Arts buildings. Several academic programs were acquired including the Bachelor of Social Work (1979), Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation (1979), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1981), and Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (1982). He also oversaw the creation of Regents Professors, the University Scholars Program, and the first fully funded academic chairs at the University, the Temple and Rockwell Chairs. Johnson’s era also was a time of student growth as he pushed the institute to attract a greater number of Hispanic and African American students. Note written by Greg Bailey.
At some point the materials in this collection will be merged into the University Archives as part of William R. Johnson's presidential papers. This is where the collection should have been arranged and described when it was first acquired.
- Guide to the William R. Johnson Personal Papers