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Dr. Joe Johnson

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Local Address:  Memphis , Tennessee , United States
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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  • Ed.D , Higher Education and Industrial Management
    University of Tennessee
  • B.A. , History
    Birmingham Southern
  • MA , Public Administration
    University of Tennessee
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Board of Directors - UT Medical Center, 16 Sept 2015 [cached]
Joseph E. Johnson, PhD President Emeritus The University of Tennessee
KnoxNews: Local [cached]
Dennis Ferguson, D-Harriman, on Thursday cited as most extravagant the "president emeritus" pay and benefit packages for Joe Johnson and Ed Boling as former University of Tennessee presidents.
Johnson and UT officials - along with House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh - said the arrangements for presidents emeritus are appropriate.
Johnson retired as UT president in 1999 and served as a salaried "president emeritus" until August 2003, when he returned to the UT helm to serve as interim president until a permanent successor is chosen.
Under his contract as president emeritus, Johnson was being paid $65,790 per year - 30 percent of his base salary at the time he initially retired as president - and provided with a car valued at $9,000 per year.
Under the Cohen-Ferguson bill, the car would be eliminated and the salary set at 10 percent of the current university president's base salary, excluding any bonuses.That would have translated to $36,500 for Johnson in his service as president emeritus during the tenure of former UT President John Shumaker, whose base salary was $365,000.
Johnson also received other benefits under his contract that would not be impacted by the legislation as drafted, though both Cohen and Ferguson said they will consider adding other reductions through amendments.
Other benefits paid Johnson as president emeritus included:
Johnson ceased drawing his emeritus salary when he became interim president, though he may resume that role after a successor is named.July 1 is the target date for naming a new UT president.
"It's just such a cushy thing that it's not really in the taxpayer's best interests or the university's best interests," said Cohen.
Ferguson said Johnson is "a great guy and a good president," but "that's just too much money."
Johnson, who was in Nashville Thursday to testify before a legislative budget hearing, said the practice of paid presidents emeritus dates back to Andy Holt.
"At the same time, there ought to be some financial reward for doing that," Johnson said.
Johnson declined to say whether he would resume his status as president emeritus after a successor is named, should the Cohen-Ferguson bill pass and reduce the benefits.He said he was "not petulant" about the bill and declined to criticize it directly.
"It's just one of those things that needs to be put out there and discussed and see what people want to do with it," Johnson said.
Emerson H. "Eli" Fly, who formerly served as interim UT president and is currently interim executive vice president and chief financial officer for the university, said the services of Johnson and Boling as presidents emeritus had been much needed.
"Joe doesn't deserve to get beat on.
"If we hadn't had Joe Johnson there and his fund-raising efforts, well, there's no telling what would have happened to UT in the Shumaker situation."
Dr. Joe ..., 17 April 2011 [cached]
Dr. Joe Johnson
Dr. Joe Johnson is President Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. He began his career in 1958 as an instructor and research associate in political science and public administration. He left the university in 1960 to work in state government, serving as deputy commissioner of the department of finance and administration and later as executive assistant to Governor Buford Ellington. He returned to UT in 1963 as executive assistant to President Andy Holt, and in 1970 was named Vice President of Development. Later the same year he became chancellor of the university's health science center in Memphis. Dr. Johnson was named executive vice president in 1973 and became president of the university in 1991. After retiring in 1999, he continued to play an active role in development for UT and in 2003 was appointed to serve as Interim President. Dr. Johnson has been active in the Knoxville community, serving on the boards of Home Federal Bank, Helen Ross McNabb Mental Health Center, East Tennessee Community Design Center, South College, University of Tennessee Medical Center, East Tennessee Discovery Center, Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts, Southern Region of the Boy Scouts, and Knox County Imagination Library. Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Directors of KARM for several years. He also serves with a number of national organizations.
Testimonials | Capital Campaign and Fund Development Consulting | Dickerson, Bakker & Associates, 7 June 2012 [cached]
- Joseph E. Johnson, President Emeritus, The University of Tennessee / Board Member, Knox Area Rescue Ministries
KnoxNews: Football [cached]
Worst Goof: During the third quarter of the Peach Bowl telecast by ESPN, University of Tennessee interim president Joe Johnson was shown accepting a check on behalf of the university.Just one small problem.The announcer misidentified Johnson as - you guessed it - John Shumaker.
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