Friday, September 16, 2011

Gladys Styles Johnston, Ph.D., Joins Union's Board of Trustees

CINCINNATI, OH - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education featuring flexible, individualized, and socially relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs, today announced the appointment of Gladys Styles Johnston, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees.

“From serving as chancellor at a major university to overseeing a leadership initiative for those who aspire to follow in her footsteps, Gladys Styles Johnston provides an important voice in higher education,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “We are deeply honored that she has joined our board and look forward to her expertise and leadership. Her career path is exemplary and shows a deep commitment to adults who seek education that makes a difference in their own lives and the communities around them.

Johnston currently serves as the assistant to the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and as the director of the AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative, a program designed to assist high-achieving academic administrators at the level of dean or higher who are planning to seek presidency or chancellorship of a university.

Johnston served as the chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1993 until 2002, when she became a chancellor emerita. Before joining the University of Nebraska, she served as provost, and then as executive vice president, for DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to her appointment at DePaul, Johnston served as dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University (ASU). Before joining ASU she was chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business at Rutgers University.

Johnston has served on several civic, educational, and commercial boards including the Omaha Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in which she chaired for three consecutive years. She served as board chair for the AASCU and was a member of the board of directors for the American Council of Educators. Johnston also served on the board of the Higher Learning Commission and as a national advisor on the Kellogg Foundation’s National Fellowship Program. In 1992, she was selected by the YMCA of Chicago as an “Outstanding Educator” in the city.

Johnston holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from Cheyney University, a master’s in educational administration from Temple and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She served as a distinguished commonwealth visiting professor at the School of Education at the College of William & Mary and has published two books and co-authored several research articles.

For more information please contact Nicole Hamilton, UI&U public relations manager, at 513-487-1194 or

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