Dr. David N. Johnson is the third President of Johnston Community College, celebrating his tenth year as president in July of this year. Before returning to his home state of North Carolina, Dr. Johnson served various community colleges in Virginia for almost 20 years. Immediately prior to coming to JCC, he was Provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College. In addition he held several positions at Wytheville Community College as well as Executive Director of the Crossroads Institute. Early in his career he was employed by Wake Technical Community College and Tidewater Community College.
A native of Raleigh, Dr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Campbell University, a master’s of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in adult and community college education from North Carolina State University. Prior to and during his return to graduate school at NCSU, Dr. Johnson served several Baptist churches throughout piedmont North Carolina as minister of music and youth.
Each year, North Carolina State University honors one of its distinguished alumni with the 2017 I. E. Ready Award for exceptional leadership within the community college system. Dr. Johnson was honored with this award on October 3, 2017 during the Dallas Herring Lecture at the Friday Institute.
Dr. Johnson is married to the former Betty Lynne Wallace who is Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant program at Campbell University. They have two sons, Wallace, a graduate of Duke Divinity School and Pastor of Wendell United Methodist Church in Wendell, NC; and Isaac, a graduate of Johnston Community College and a current music composition student at Campbell University. The Johnsons make their home in the Cleveland community of Johnston County and enjoy entertaining their twin grandchildren, Lillie and Liam.