Johnson to receive Troy University’s Distinguished Leadership Award

Posted: Wednesday, 23 March 2010

TROY—Dr. Manuel H. Johnson, co-chairman and senior partner of Johnson Smick International, Inc. and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors, will be honored with Troy University’s 11th annual Distinguished Leadership Award.

Dr. Johnson, a 1973 cum laude graduate of TROY’s Sorrell College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in economics, will receive the award from Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., during the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner March 27 on the Troy Campus.

Dr. Johnson serves as chair of the University’s “Building Beyond Boundaries” initiative and is a member of the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors.

The Distinguished Leadership Award is given annually to alumni leaders who go the extra mile in their careers, public service or devotion to Troy University.

“Dr. Johnson is a tremendous advocate for Troy University through his service as chair of the University’s ‘Building Beyond Boundaries’ initiative and as a member of the University’s Foundation Board of Directors,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “His love for his hometown of Troy was evident through his generous gift that paved the way for the opening of the Holman and Ethel Johnson Center for the Arts in 2008. His professional credentials and his service to our country speak volumes about his work ethic and dedication, and we are proud to honor him with our Distinguished Leadership Award.”

Dr. John Schmidt, TROY’s senior vice chancellor for advancement and external relations, commended Dr. Johnson for the leadership he has provided for the University’s “Building Beyond Boundaries” initiative.

“During his tenure with the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in the development of some of the most ambitious and comprehensive changes in the U.S. tax laws,” Dr. Schmidt said. “To have someone of Dr. Johnson’s caliber provide leadership for our campaign initiative is tremendous. We appreciate the support and devotion he has always demonstrated for Troy University.”

Dr. Johnson served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors from 1986-1990. He previously served as assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury where he was instrumental in designing the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which represents the most comprehensive change in U.S. tax law in the nation’s history. His performance earned him the Treasury Department’s Alexander Hamilton Award.

Dr. Johnson also played a key role in preventing systemic economic damage during the stock market crash of October 1987.

A Troy native, Dr. Johnson served with U.S. Army Rangers and Special Forces units from 1968 to 1971. Following his graduation from TROY, he earned his master’s (1974) and doctoral degrees (1977) in economics from Florida State University. From 1977 to 1994, Dr. Johnson served as a professor of economics at George Mason University where he held the Koch Chair in International Economics.

Dr. Johnson and his wife Mary have two children and reside in Upperville, Va.

The Alumni Reunion Dinner is a part of the University’s annual Spring Alumni Reunion. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby area of the Trojan Center, preceding the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

Tickets for the event are $30, which includes admission to the reception. Reservation deadline for the dinner is March 23. To make a reservation for the alumni reunion dinner, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 334-670-3318.


Dr. Manuel H. Johnson