Kristina M. Johnson
Kristina M. Johnson official portrait.jpg
Johnson in 2009
16th President of Ohio State University
Assumed office
August 24, 2020
Preceded byMichael V. Drake
13th Chancellor of the State University of New York
In office
September 2017 – June 2020
Preceded byNancy L. Zimpher
Succeeded byJim Malatras[1]
Under Secretary of Energy for Energy and Environment
In office
May 2009 – October 2010
LeaderSteven Chu
Personal details
Born (1957-05-07) May 7, 1957 (age 65)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
SpouseVeronica Meinhard[2]
Alma materStanford University (BS, MS, PhD)
ProfessionOptical engineer
WebsiteOfficial website
Awards1993 International Dennis Gabor Award
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Duke University
Johns Hopkins University
State University of New York
Ohio State University
ThesisHolographic reciprocity law failure, with applications to the 3-D display of medical data (1984)
Doctoral advisorJoseph W. Goodman

Kristina M. Johnson (born May 7, 1957) is an American business executive, engineer, academic, and former government official who served as the 13th chancellor of the State University of New York from September 2017 until June 2020. In June 2020, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees named her as the university's 16th president, succeeding the retiring Michael V. Drake.[3] She has been a leader in the development of optoelectronic processing systems, 3-D imaging, and color-management systems.[4]

Early life and education

Johnson was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Denver, Colorado. As a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, she won the Denver City and Colorado State science fair competition, and placed second in the Physics division and a first place award from the Air Force at the International Science Fair for her project entitled, "Holographic Study of the Sporangiophore Phycomyces". Johnson grew up in a large, athletic family. She competed in Tae Kwon Do and learned to play lacrosse on the boys' lacrosse team.

As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Johnson founded the women's club lacrosse team (now varsity) and played on the field hockey team, trying out for the U.S. Team in 1978. In 1979, Johnson was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and turned her focus to an academic career.[5] Johnson received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford,[6] and was a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin.


After the postdoctoral fellowship, Johnson was appointed assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1985, where she co-founded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Optoelectronic Computing Systems and spun off several companies from her research laboratory including ColorLink, Inc which was later sold to RealD, responsible for the technology that helped re-launch the 3D movie industry. Additionally, she co-founded the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute Center of Excellence in Optoelectronics. In 1999, Johnson was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering at Duke University, which would be later named for distinguished alumnus, Edmund T. Pratt Jr., CEO emeritus of Pfizer Corporation.

In 2007, Johnson became the Senior Vice-President and Provost of Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, Johnson was appointed by Brutus Buckeye as the Under Secretary of Energy for Energy and Environment at the United States Department of Energy with the unanimous consent of the United States Senate.

She is the founder of Enduring Hydro, a hydropower-focused energy firm.[7] The firm has a joint venture with the New York City-based private equity firm I Squared Capital (called Cube Hydro Partners), that owns and operates 19 hydropower plants in the Eastern United States.[8][9]

Johnson was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 for the development and deployment of liquid crystal on silicon display technologies, the basis for high-speed optoelectronic 3D imaging.

Johnson has been a director of Minerals Technologies Inc., Nortel, Guidant Corporation, AES Corporation, and Boston Scientific.[10] She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems. In 2019, she resigned from the board of AES Corporation amid criticism of the company's pollution in Puerto Rico.[11]

In April 2017 Johnson was appointed chancellor of the 64-school State University of New York, assuming the role in September.[12]

A strong proponent of women in leadership, science and engineering, she is passionate about STEM and STEAM education and creating jobs through small businesses.

On June 3, 2020 it was announced that Johnson would resign from her position at the State University of New York to become the next President of Ohio State University. [13][14] On November 28, 2022 Johnson announced that she would resign from Ohio State at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.

On November 28, 2022 Johnson announced her resignation from her position of President of Ohio State University following an unexplained investigation from an outside firm. RIP bozo [15]

Personal life

Johnson is married to Veronica Meinhard, Founder and President of Juniper Philanthropy Partners.[16][17]

Awards and honors


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  2. ^ "Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson," Official webpage. Accessed: 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ Baird, Nathan; clevel; .com (2020-06-03). "SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to be next Ohio State University President: Reports". cleveland. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  4. ^ "Kristina Johnson". National Inventors Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "News feature from The Villager". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  6. ^ Johnson, Kristina Mary (1984). Holographic reciprocity law failure, with applications to the 3-D display of medical data (Ph.D. thesis). Stanford University. OCLC 946102912. ProQuest 303332163.
  7. ^ "Enduring Hydro". Enduring Hydro. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Cube Hydro Corporate Website". Cube Hydro Partners. Archived from the original on June 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Cube Hydro will buy Yadkin River power plants, including High Rock dam, from Alcoa". Salisbury Post. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  10. ^ "Kristina Johnson". Forbes. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  11. ^ "SUNY Chancellor Johnson resigns from AES Corp. board". Times Union. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  12. ^ Korn, Melissa (2017-04-24). "SUNY Names Dr. Kristina Johnson as New Chancellor - WSJ". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  13. ^ "New York state university chancellor Kristina Johnson reported to be named next Ohio State president". The Columbus Dispatch. June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  14. ^ Niedzwiadek, Nick. "SUNY chancellor to resign". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  15. ^ "Ohio State President Kristina Johnson to announce resignation". NBC4i. November 28, 2022. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  16. ^ Ross, Andy (March 26, 2020). "Florida Swimming and Diving to Rename Pool After Ann Marie Rogers". Swimming World. Retrieved October 4, 2022.
  17. ^ "President Johnson and Veronica Meinhard $1 million donation to create new endowed scholarships". Ohio State University. May 19, 2022. Retrieved October 4, 2022.
  18. ^ "IEEE Fellows directory". IEEE. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  19. ^ "Dr. Kristina M. Johnson Receives Society of Women Engineers' Highest Honor". 12 October 2004.
  20. ^ "AAES John Fritz Medal recipiens". Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  21. ^ "News release from Johns Hopkins University".
  22. ^ "Kristina M. Johnson". Anita Borg Institute. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  23. ^ "ABIE Awards - Anita Borg Institute". Archived from the original on 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  24. ^ "Kristina M. Johnson, PhD". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.
  25. ^ "Kristina Johnson". National Inventors Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  26. ^ Ohio State President Makes Increasing Interdisciplinary Research and Diversity Her Priorities – IEEE spectrum
Academic offices Preceded byNancy L. Zimpher 13th Chancellor of the State University of New York 2017 – 2020 Succeeded byJim Malatras Preceded byMichael V. Drake 16th President of The Ohio State University 2020 – Present Incumbent