Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

President, Becker College, Worcester, MA

Head shot of Dr. Johnson

Since Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., took office as the tenth president of Becker College in July 2010, this charismatic leader has charged the institution with a bold, entrepreneurial mission; led the creation of groundbreaking academic programs; realized significant capital projects; strengthened the institution’s financial foundation; and challenged students and faculty to compete in an increasingly global society. He believes today’s graduates must have an entrepreneurial mindset and be divergent thinkers with strong emotional intelligence skills.

Becker College traces its history to 1784, making it one of the nation’s top-25 oldest institutions in higher education, with a founding charter signed by American Revolutionaries John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Today, Becker enrolls more than 2,000 students at two campuses in Central Massachusetts. Under Dr. Johnson’s leadership, the College has been named one of the “best institutions for undergraduate education” by The Princeton Review for three consecutive years. The College’s game design program was named the 9th best undergraduate program in the world by The Princeton Review and has been top-ranked for six consecutive years—the only institution on the East Coast and one of four worldwide—to maintain this longstanding distinction.

In Dr. Johnson’s second year as president, Becker was designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as home to the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a state-sponsored, public-private partnership that connects the state’s fast-growing digital games industry, government, and academic resources to promote job growth and entrepreneurship. In 2011, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed Dr. Johnson to the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a state agency that promotes technology sector growth through partnerships between industry, academia, and state government. In 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker described Becker as: “an example of growth in the ‘creative economy’ . . .  one of the country’s leading research and educational institutions for computer gaming.” (Worcester Business Journal, April 10, 2015).

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For media inquiries and to schedule an interview with President Johnson, please contact:

Kimberly Dunbar
Associate Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs

Anne Sroka
Special Assistant to the President

Follow Dr. Johnson online at the Huffington Post and on Twitter @BeckerPrez. He curates the Flipboard magazine, Educating for the Agile Mindset, as @drrobertjohnson (see below).

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