Kristina M. Johnson
|16th President of Ohio State University|
|Assumed office |
August 24, 2020
|Preceded by||Michael V. Drake|
|13th Chancellor of the State University of New York|
September 2017 – June 2020
|Preceded by||Nancy L. Zimpher|
|Succeeded by||Jim Malatras|
|Under Secretary of Energy for Energy and Environment|
May 2009 – October 2010
|Born||May 7, 1957|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University (BS, MS, PhD)|
|Awards||1993 International Dennis Gabor Award|
|Institutions||University of Colorado Boulder|
Johns Hopkins University
State University of New York
Ohio State University
|Thesis||Holographic reciprocity law failure, with applications to the 3-D display of medical data (1984)|
|Doctoral advisor||Joseph 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. She has been a leader in the development of optoelectronic processing systems, 3-D imaging, and color-management systems.
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. Johnson received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford. 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 President Obama 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. 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.
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. 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.
In April 2017 Johnson was appointed chancellor of the 64-school State University of New York, assuming the role in September.
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. 
Johnson is married to Veronica Meinhard, Founder and President of Juniper Philanthropy Partners, LLC.