President Johnson's Inauguration, September 16

Published on Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Becker College inaugurated Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., as its 10th president in a formal ceremony on Friday, September 16, at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, Mass.

A number of dignitaries joined the college and greater Worcester communities at the installation ceremony, including U.S. Representative James P. McGovern and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray. Chaplain Brennan Francois, pastoral care coordinator at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, opened the ceremony with an invocation. President Johnson was introduced by Dr. Emmett Carson, founding CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

President Johnson delivered a message that focused on the power of belief. He credited his parents’ unflagging belief, which supported him throughout his life and ultimately brought him to the moment of his inauguration. He conveyed his emphatic belief in Becker College students. And he emphasized his strong belief that Becker College has and will continue to fulfill a vital role in the future of the world.

A group of 500 students, and nearly 500 guests, attend the ceremony. Dr. Washington Johnson, II, editor of Message Magazine, closed the ceremony with a benediction.

Inaugural events also included two academic panels and a day of service:

Changing the Game: How Digital Games are Changing Entertainment and Education, Wednesday, September 14, at 2:00 p.m., 80 William Street, Worcester. Gordon Bellamy, executive director of International Game Developers Association (IGDA) served as honorary chair and moderator of the panel of innovators in digital games and education.

One Health: The Convergence of Human, Animal and Environmental Health, Thursday, September 15, at 9:00 a.m., 80 William Street, Worcester. John Sullivan, M.D., vice provost of research, professor of Molecular Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School served as honorary chair and moderator of the panel of leaders in veterinary and human medicine.

Elm Park Day of Service, Thursday, September 15, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a Partnership Proclamation with the City of Worcester, at 4:30 p.m., in Elm Park, Worcester. President Johnson, Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien, and City Councilor Barbara Haller addressed more than 300 volunteers.

Originally from Detroit, Mich., President Johnson has served as the senior vice president of Sinclair Community College, in Dayton, Ohio; the vice president of enrollment management at the University of Dayton (Ohio); the vice provost at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.; and the executive director of enrollment management at Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio.

For additional information, visit the Presidential Inauguration website.