Becker College President Robert E. Johnson Receives Excellence In Education Award

Published on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., was honored by Freedom House with an Ellen S. Jackson Award for Excellence in Education. The distinction bestowed upon President Johnson was one of several 2012 Champions of Freedom Awards presented by the Boston social action agency.

President Johnson accepted the award at a ceremony held Thursday, March 29, at Boston’s Omni-Parker House, along with the presidents of Boston Architectural College, Bridgewater State University, Cambridge College, Emerson College, Roxbury Community College, Wheaton College, and Wheelock College.

The mission of Freedom House is to promote educational excellence, economic self-sufficiency, community engagement, and social justice in order to alleviate poverty in Boston’s most distressed urban neighborhoods.

On the same day, President Johnson delivered the keynote speech to the graduates of the Grafton Job Corps Career Academy. Job Corps provides academic and career technical training programs at no cost to students.  Funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps helps young people improve the quality of their lives and their prospects for employment in high demand occupations.

President Johnson congratulated the graduates on taking control of their lives and building a new future. He spoke about the power of possibility thinking, and of believing.

“I believe in you,” President Johnson encouraged the graduates. “Education empowers an ordinary person to go out and do extraordinary things. With what you have achieved thus far, you are now ready for the next challenge, to seek personal and professional success, and also contribute to a greater good.”

After the ceremony, Albert McCarthy, career transition readiness instructor at the Job Corps, said, “We could not have asked for a better speaker for the biggest graduation we have had yet. It was standing-room-only, and President Johnson had them on their feet and cheering.”