University of Arkansas associate vice chancellor for facilities Mike Johnson will be retiring in 2021 after 17 years at the university.
Johnson is set to retire on March 15, 2021. Scott Turley will be taking over as the interim associate vice chancellor for facilities.
Joining the University of Arkansas in 2004, Johnson oversaw a construction campaign – the longest in the school’s history – that had more than $550 million in value. These projects included residence halls, research centers, athletic facilities and more.
He recently finalized construction on Adohi Hall, the university’s newest residence hall. Several projects are still in construction, including the Student Success Center, the Windgate Art and Design District and the Civil Engineering Research and Education Center.
“Mike Johnson – or The Admiral, as he is respectfully referred to on campus – has been the steady hand building our campus during an unprecedented time of growth, leading the delivery of millions of dollars worth of construction projects and capital improvements, energy savings efforts, an augmentation of our campus recycling program, a campus beautification effort and the preservation of our beloved Senior Walk,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said in a statement. “He has been a stalwart leader on campus and in our community, having dutifully represented the U of A on numerous boards and commissions throughout our region. We wish Mike well in his much-deserved retirement.”
Johnson previously served as a rear admiral and chief of civil engineers in the U.S. Navy. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal, among others.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Chapman College and masters’ degrees in public works and civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.