Biographical Information about Dr. Ronald A. Johnson Western Carolina University College of Business Cullowhee NC 28723 (828) 227-3340 firstname.lastname@example.org Ron Johnson is the Dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University. In his first two years he has reorganized the college around developing undergraduate and graduate students who are “Business Ready.” He has reorganized the curriculum around value creation and innovation and mastering an interdisciplinary approach to business management and accountancy. He is an economist by training; having earned his earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from Stanford University, and his master’s degree in finance and bachelor’s degree in economics from Adelphi University. Most recently, Ron was the JP Morgan Chase Chair in Finance in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, where he developed a new concentration in finance focused on quantitative skills, advanced practical knowledge, and professional proficiency in financial analysis with an emphasis on the energy sector. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Southern in 2005, he was president and chief investment officer at Smith Graham & Co. in Houston. Johnson has served as chief strategist and head of research for Americas Trust Bank in Miami, division chief of domestic financial markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and director of global fixed income research and senior portfolio manager for Templeton Worldwide Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He taught at Florida A&M University, Northeastern University in Boston and Howard University in Washington, D.C., and was an economist for the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve System board of governors. Active in civic and higher education organizations, Johnson is chair of the investment committee of the Cougar Investment Fund Board of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, and a member of the board of overseers of the Wright Fund at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. He also is a member of the finance, audit and investment committees of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, investment committee of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas. Johnson is a former advisory trustee of the Houston Ballet and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Houston.
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