New Head of Student Affairs Starts Aug. 1

The new vice chancellor for student affairs comes to Carolina from Eastern Washington University, where she was dean of students and associate vice president for student life for seven years.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson had been named special assistant to the vice president for student affairs at Eastern Washington, a public university, earlier this year. She will start work Aug. 1.

Johnson succeeds Winston Crisp ’92 (JD), who retired in October 2018 after 13 years as dean of students. Jonathan Sauls ’94 (’97 JD) served in the interim and will return to his role as associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

Johnson has led numerous initiatives that focus on student mental health and wellness, equity, diversity and inclusion at the school of about 11,500 undergraduates. Among her research interests are high school to college transition; new student orientation and programs; residential student learning environments; and e-learning, distance education and online delivery of student services.

Prior to going to Eastern Washington, she was associate dean of students at the University of Southern California from 2005 to 2012. Johnson also has experience in student affairs at the University of Pennsylvania.

At USC, she taught graduate courses in peer counseling, student affairs and higher education management.

Johnson’s bachelor’s degree in English and communication is from the University of Puget Sound in Washington. She earned both her master’s and doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.


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