Alan Johnson                                    link to photograph

Alan Johnson became a 'Master' at North Bay Teachers' College in 1957. He was promoted to Acting Principal in 1969, and from 1973-81 was our first Dean of the Faculty of Education at Nipissing. Alan retired in 1988.

The B.Ed. degree programs at Nipissing were developed under Alan's leadership.

Alan was a real leader in the field of Aboriginal education. The Education of Native Canadians option course was developed and implemented in 1971-2 by Alan Johnson and one of his students. Alan established Nipissing's first Native Advisory Group. He collaborated in the creation of a Native Teacher Certification Program, and provided a home for the Native Classroom Assistant Program.

Upon his retirement in 1988, Alan was honored by the Aboriginal community for his leadership in Aboriginal education.

Alan Johnson received his B.A. from Queen's University and an M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. He was recognized as a scholar in the field of language and literature. Alan 1992 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education by Nipissing, in recognition of his contributions to higher education in North Bay. (You can read Alan's Convocation Address.)

Dr. Johnson was a founding Director in the North Bay Arts Centre and he was active in a number of other community organizations, including UNICEF, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, and the AIDS Committee of North Bay.

Alan died on 22 October 1994, in his 70th year.

This information courtesy of Deanna Hodgins, Executive Assistant to the President.

Thanks to Joyce Johnson and family for permission to publish.

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