Kristina M. Johnson

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Kristina M. Johnson
Kristina M. Johnson official portrait.jpg
Johnson in 2009
16th President of
The Ohio State University
Assumed office
August 24, 2020
Preceded byMichael V. Drake
13th Chancellor of the
State University of New York
In office
September 2017 – June 2020
Preceded byNancy L. Zimpher
Succeeded byJim Malatras[1]
Under Secretary of Energy for Energy and Environment
In office
May 2009 – October 2010
LeaderSteven Chu
Personal details
Born (1957-05-07) May 7, 1957 (age 63)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s)Veronica Meinhard[2]
Alma materStanford University (BS, MS, PhD)
ProfessionOptical engineer
WebsiteOfficial website
Awards1993 International Dennis Gabor Award
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Duke University
Johns Hopkins University
State University of New York
The Ohio State University
ThesisHolographic reciprocity law failure, with applications to the 3-D display of medical data (1984)
Doctoral advisorJoseph W. Goodman

Kristina M. Johnson (born May 7, 1957) is an American business executive, engineer, academic, and former government official who served as the 13th chancellor of the State University of New York from September 2017 until June 2020. In June 2020, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees named her as the university's 16th president, succeeding the retiring Michael V. Drake.[3] She has been a leader in the development of optoelectronic processing systems, 3-D imaging, and color-management systems.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Johnson was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Denver, Colorado. As a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, she won the Denver City and Colorado State science fair competition, and placed second in the Physics division and a first place award from the Air Force at the International Science Fair for her project entitled, "Holographic Study of the Sporangiophore Phycomyces". Johnson grew up in a large, athletic family. She competed in Tae Kwon Do and learned to play lacrosse on the boys' lacrosse team.

As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Johnson founded the women's club lacrosse team (now varsity) and played on the field hockey team, trying out for the U.S. Team in 1978. In 1979, Johnson was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and turned her focus to an academic career.[5] Johnson received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University[6] and was a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin.


After the postdoctoral fellowship, Johnson was appointed assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1985, where she co-founded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Optoelectronic Computing Systems and spun off several companies from her research laboratory including ColorLink, Inc which was later sold to RealD, responsible for the technology that helped re-launch the 3D movie industry. Additionally, she co-founded the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute Center of Excellence in Optoelectronics. In 1999, Johnson was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering at Duke University, which would be later named for distinguished alumnus, Edmund T. Pratt Jr., CEO emeritus of Pfizer Corporation.

In 2007, Johnson became the Senior Vice-President and Provost of Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, Johnson was appointed by President Obama as the Under Secretary of Energy for Energy and Environment at the United States Department of Energy with the unanimous consent of the United States Senate.

She is the founder of Enduring Hydro, a hydropower-focused energy firm.[7] The firm has a joint venture with the New York City-based private equity firm I Squared Capital (called Cube Hydro Partners), that owns and operates 19 hydropower plants in the Eastern United States.[8][9]

Johnson has been a director of Minerals Technologies Inc., Nortel, Guidant Corporation, and AES Corporation.[10] She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Scientific Corporation, Cisco Systems. In 2019, she resigned from the board of AES Corporation amid criticism of the company's pollution in Puerto Rico.[11]

In April 2017 Johnson was appointed chancellor of the 64-school State University of New York, assuming the role in September.[12]

A strong proponent of women in leadership, science and engineering, she is passionate about STEM and STEAM education and creating jobs through small businesses.

On June 3, 2020 it was announced that Johnson would resign from her position at the State University of New York to become the next President of The Ohio State University. [13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is married to Veronica Meinhard, the senior executive director of principal gifts and senior associate athletic director at the University of Maryland, College Park.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ McKinley, Edward. "Malatras named SUNY chancellor as faculty votes no confidence in board". Times Union. Hearst Newspapers. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson," Official webpage. Accessed: 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ Baird, Nathan; clevel; .com (2020-06-03). "SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to be next Ohio State University President: Reports". cleveland. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  4. ^ "Kristina Johnson". National Inventors Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "News feature from The Villager". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  6. ^ Johnson, Kristina Mary (1984). Holographic reciprocity law failure, with applications to the 3-D display of medical data (Ph.D. thesis). Stanford University. OCLC 946102912. ProQuest 303332163.
  7. ^ "Enduring Hydro". Enduring Hydro. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Cube Hydro Corporate Website" Check |url= value (help). Cube Hydro Partners.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Cube Hydro will buy Yadkin River power plants, including High Rock dam, from Alcoa". Salisbury Post. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  10. ^ "Kristina Johnson". Forbes. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  11. ^ "SUNY Chancellor Johnson resigns from AES Corp. board". Times Union. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  12. ^ Korn, Melissa (2017-04-24). "SUNY Names Dr. Kristina Johnson as New Chancellor - WSJ". Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  13. ^ "New York state university chancellor Kristina Johnson reported to be named next Ohio State president". The Columbus Dispatch. June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  14. ^ Niedzwiadek, Nick. "SUNY chancellor to resign". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  15. ^ "Dr. Kristina M. Johnson Receives Society of Women Engineers' Highest Honor". 12 October 2004.
  16. ^ "AAES John Fritz Medal recipiens". Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  17. ^ "News release from Johns Hopkins University".
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Kristina M. Johnson, PhD". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.
  21. ^ "Kristina Johnson". National Inventors Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Nancy L. Zimpher
Chancellor of the State University of New York
September 2017 – Present
Succeeded by