Legislative Committee Gives Governor’s Education Selection a Thumbs Up

May 9, 2011

ADM Gregory Johnson receives unanimous support from Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 09, 2011 Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage announced today that the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs unanimously voted in favor of adding ADM Gregory “Grog” Johnson to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. Governor LePage nominated ADM Johnson in April.

ADM Johnson is a native of Westmanland, Maine and currently resides in Harpswell. He was a 1964 graduate of Caribou High School and 1968 graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. ADM Johnson was commissioned in 1969 following Aviation Officer Candidate School, and designated a Naval Aviator in 1970. He served 36 years in the United States Navy after graduating from the Naval War College in 1975 with highest distinction.

Upon retiring in Dec 2004, ADM Johnson founded Snow Ridge Associates, which provides strategic advice and counsel. In addition, he serves on several private sector boards and is active in public policy, civic, community, and educational boards and activities.

“The University of Maine System and State of Maine will both benefit from ADM Johnson’s extensive leadership experience and work ethic,” said Governor LePage.

“He is also terrific role model that will show Maine students that one can start with an education in a one room school house in rural Maine and rise to the top levels of the U.S. Navy and government.”

Upon confirmation, ADM Johnson must go before the Senate which is expected to happen within the month.

The Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System consists of 16 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor. The Maine Commissioner of Education serves as a member ex officio. Members are appointed for a five-year term and may be reappointed once. A student member of the Board is appointed for a single two-year term.

The Board has full legal responsibility and authority for the University System. It appoints the Chancellor and each University President, approves the establishment and elimination of academic programs, confers tenure on faculty members and sets tuition rates.