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Marc A. Johnson
Marc A. Johnson
Johnson received a bachelor's degree in biology from Emporia State University in Kansas, which named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1994. His advanced degrees include a master of technology in international development from North Carolina State University, a master of economics from Michigan State University, and a doctorate of agriculture economics from Michigan State University.
Raised and employed on the family fruit farm near Wichita, Kan., Johnson began his career as a laboratory and instructional assistant at the Kansas State Teachers College. Over the next four decades, Johnson's impressive career as faculty member, researcher and administrator would progress, demonstrating increasing responsibility along the way. He served as a faculty member at North Carolina State University and Oklahoma State University. He returned to North Carolina State University, where he was associate head of the Department of Economics and Business, then joined Kansas State University (KSU), where he was head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. From 1992 to 2003, Johnson was dean of the KSU College of Agriculture and director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
Johnson joined CSU in 2003 as vice provost for agriculture and outreach and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. He went on to serve as interim director of Colorado Cooperative Extension and interim state forester of Colorado State Forest Service, both programs hosted through CSU.
Johnson's research and teaching has been based in economics, with an emphasis on national and international food distribution systems. On an international level, he has contributed to discussions and advancements in many countries, from Honduras to Botswana to Sri Lanka.
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