Interim President
LeMoyne-Owen College

First 8 Memphis Board

Carol Johnson-Dean, Ed.D., is currently the Interim President, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN.  Prior to that appointment, she served as the Executive Director of New Leaders, South Region, a national organization providing leadership development for aspiring principals and teacher leaders. She has provided oversight to New Leaders programs in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Minnesota.  She has also served as Executive Director, of Large District Support for the Tennessee Department of Education (2015).

Carol Johnson is a 2014 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow and a visiting professor at Vanderbilt/Peabody College. She currently serves on the national board of City Year, Memphis Advisory board for Facing History and Ourselves, a member, Memphis Teacher Residency Advisory Board, and education co-chair, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra board, and an Ambassador, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Dr. Carol R. Johnson served as Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BP) 2007-2013, having been appointed by a unanimous vote of the Boston School Committee. As Superintendent of the 58,000 – student district, she also served as a cabinet member for Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Dr. Johnson has a wealth of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. Prior to her appointment in Boston, Dr. Johnson was Superintendent in Minneapolis, MN & Memphis TN, where she was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year and the Tennessee PTA Superintendent of the year. Nationally, Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Board, the Harvard University Urban Superintendents’ Advisory Board, the University of Michigan School of Education/Dean’s Advisory Board and she has served on the College Board and the Spencer Foundation Board (Chicago). Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Fisk University in Nashville TN and a master’s (Curriculum and Instruction) and doctorate degrees in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She has also been awarded honorary degrees from Lemoyne Owen College and Rhodes College, both in Memphis, TN and Simmons College in Boston. She is married to Dr. Willie Dean, retired YMCA executive. Together they share six adult children.

Dr. Carol Johnson