After a successful national search, university leadership announced today that Amy Johnson will serve as Carolina’s next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs starting August 1.
Johnson has more than two decades of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration and student affairs. Her previous managerial and faculty roles at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and, most recently, Eastern Washington University, have prepared her well to lead UNC-Chapel Hill’s Student Affairs, which supports Carolina’s 30,000 students, includes 17 reporting units and employs more than 330 dedicated student affairs professionals and staff members.
A dynamic, energetic and compassionate higher education administrator, Johnson is actively engaged with best practices as well as scholarship in student affairs as a national thought leader. She brings the experience of a seasoned faculty member in higher education administration and a passion for connecting students’ academic and co-curricular learning experiences. A values-driven, yet practical problem solver, Johnson has led numerous initiatives that focus on student mental health and wellness, strengthening community, access and student success, and equity, diversity and inclusion.
At the University of Southern California, Johnson served as an associate professor of higher education administration at the Rossier School of Education, teaching graduate courses in peer counseling, students affairs and higher education management. She earned both her Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees in higher education administration and graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and communication from the University of Puget Sound.