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Robert E. Johnson

Dr. Robert E. Johnson, President

Dr. Robert E. Johnson was appointed as the 6th president of Western New England University in August 2020, charged with leading the institution as it embarks on its second century. His unyielding belief in higher education as a public good and as a path for transforming individual lives has led him to dedicate his 30-year career to preparing students to adapt and succeed in a dynamic future—one where jobs as we know them may no longer exist, career mobility is the norm, and individuals are responsible for continuously adding and creating new value.

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Higher Education is at a Crossroads

Higher Education is at a Crossroads

Our world is changing faster than ever before, and higher education must adapt or die.

In this third episode of The Age Personalization Series Season 4, Dr. Johnson explores the idea that personalization is key to higher education's survival.

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New Traditional University

What is a New Traditional University and Why is the Vision So Vital?


Dr. Robert Johnson of Western New England University says the moment of reckoning has come for higher education. Will leaders look to the future or get stuck in the past?

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Competing in the Next Economy

Competing in the Next Economy


“The Council has always been ahead of the curve, on the right side of history, advising not only this country but the world on how we can do things better.”

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One Vision

One University One Vision

Our vision sets the course for our strategic focus over the next five years, guided by five themes that infuse and empower this vision. Together, we forge a path of growth and excellence, making a lasting impact within our academic community and beyond.

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A proponent of innovation and entrepreneurship, hallmarks of Dr. Johnson’s leadership include elevating institutional stature and competitive market position; national recognition; enrollment growth and resource development success; fast-tracked facilities and infrastructure improvements; and innovating for social impact when leading one of the first higher education institutions in the nation to achieve a 100% social impact goal for its endowment.

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