Dr. Melvin N. Johnson
Dr. Melvin N. Johnson began his tenure as the seventh president of Tennessee State University (TSU) on June 1, 2005 and retired from the presidency in 2011. Subsequent to his arrival at TSU Dr. Johnson served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University. Prior to that appointment, he served in senior academic roles at North Carolina A&T State University, and taught economics at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he completed his distinguished military career as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree in economics from North Carolina A&T and earned a Master of Arts in Economics from Ball State University. He received his M.B.A. and D.B.A. from Indiana University. He also completed postdoctoral studies at the Institute for Education Management, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, and the New Presidents Seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge. Nationally, Johnson serves on the Educational Testing Service Board of Trustees, Princeton, New Jersey, whose aim is to close the achievement gap and he also served on the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance. Locally, Dr, Johnson's board appointments include: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts Board of Trustees and Chair of the Education Committee. He is passionate about sharing his love of economics and public policy and global experiences with students.