President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. Joins Council On Competitiveness

Published on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Worcester CupolaBecker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. has accepted an invitation to join the Council on Competitiveness, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization of chief executives, university presidents, and labor leaders.

Founded in 1986, the Council on Competitiveness is setting an agenda to drive U.S. productivity and leadership in world markets and to raise the standard of living for all Americans. The Council comprises key leaders from business, labor and academia to create and advance policy recommendations that further U.S. competitiveness and enhance prosperity in a globalized economy.

During its national summit at the end of the year, the Council will finalize recommendations from its steering committee for an agenda to enhance U.S. competitiveness, hasten a national recovery and set the nation on a path toward long-term revitalization. President Johnson will attend the Dec. 7-8 U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit and the Council’s 25th anniversary celebration dinner in Washington, D.C.

“I am honored by the invitation to join the Council on Competitiveness; each college president on the council has a unique opportunity to serve as a model for our industry, and I look forward to collaborating with other advocates for meaningful economic change,” said President Johnson. “To continue to be competitive, American higher education must adapt to the uncertain environment that is the new normal. Becker College is an innovative institution that prepares students for a global economy with inspiring initiatives that deliver a transformational educational experience. Becker has built its history of success by challenging and supporting students from diverse backgrounds to achieve well beyond their expectations, and that is what gives graduates the confidence and skills to rise to the top of their professions.”

Becker College is recognized as a leader in a number of areas, including digital games, animal studies, nursing, and criminal justice. Becker College’s veterinary technology program is one of only two AVMA-accredited programs at four-year institutions in Massachusetts. Its nursing programs are among the top 20 producers of nurses in the state. For two years in a row, The Princeton Review has ranked Becker among the top 10 colleges in the U.S. and Canada for video game design. In April 2011, Becker was designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as home of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a statewide center facilitating cooperation and innovation among the digital games industry, the public sector, and academia that will help position Massachusetts as a global leader in the digital games industry by 2020—resulting in job growth, economic development, and entrepreneurship. In September 2011, with the award of a $500,000 Federal Grant, MassDiGI was designated as a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center.

Passionate about access to higher education, President Johnson has dedicated his more than 25-year career to transforming the lives of young people and helping them to pursue their dreams. He was appointed the tenth president of Becker College in 2010, and was inaugurated in September 2011, in a formal, public ceremony at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. An involved community leader throughout his career, he has served on dozens of nonprofit boards, and has presented to corporations, organizations and colleges on the topics of leadership, strategic marketing and planning, personal brand, diversity, higher education, and volunteerism. Since arriving at Becker College, President Johnson has set a campus-wide agenda of social responsibility, and he has emphasized the college’s role as resource in the community. He has joined the board of directors of local organizations including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Worcester Educational Collaborative, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Worcester Regional Research Bureau.