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Washington Adventist University Names Interim Provost

By Angie Abraham

Ralph E. Johnson, PhD, has been named interim provost at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md. He most recently served as the associate dean of students at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He began his relationship with WAU in 2009, when he served as a presidential fellow in the Office of the President.

“My vision is to work collaboratively with the faculty and all members of the university community in … increasing the opportunities our students have to grow wholistically,” Johnson says.

He holds a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of South Carolina, where his dissertation garnered him the coveted Dissertation of the Year award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. He earned his master’s in student personnel from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s in speech and language pathology from the University of Alabama.

An active participant in a myriad of honor societies, professional and civic activities, Johnson is past chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

Johnson also enjoys traveling and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that took him to Germany and Belgium in 2002. He developed the Hopkins Ghana Study Tour and has since led six tours to Ghana.

He is an active member of the Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., and is married to Jacquelyn Praylo-Johnson. Their son, Ryan, is a senior at Spencerville Adventist Academy.