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Gallup Leading with Strengths

President Johnson joined Gallup CEO Jon Clifton in the latest episode of “Leading With Strengths,” a leadership series dedicated at uncovering how leaders around the world use their innate talents to live their best life.

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President to President

In "Educating for a Civil Society," Western New England University President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., explores the importance of helping students engage in civil discourse and maintain mutual respect, even as differences arise.

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Leadership in the Age of Personalization

Higher Education is at a Crossroads

Our world is changing faster than ever before, and higher education must adapt or die. That's the message from Robert Johnson, President of Western New England University, and he's not alone.

In our third episode of The Age Personalization Series Season 4, Robert explores the idea that personalization is key to higher education's survival. From active learning and new methods to formative assessment and skills training, he urges those in higher education to adopt new approaches if they want to remain relevant.

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An Agile Mindset as Institutional Super Power

Now in his fourth year as president of Western New England University in Western Massachusetts, Dr. Robert E. Johnson brings to the role unusually wide-ranging leadership experience and an infectious entrepreneurial spirit and mindset. During our conversation, President Johnson shares his vision for 'A New Traditional University,' as well as his thoughts about what colleges need to do to remain relevant and financially viable in the years ahead. He is particularly passionate about the value of an agile mindset.

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Health, Social Justice, Education Programs Impact the Community

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill sat down with President Johnson recently for a wide-ranging discussion.

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Competing in the Next Economy

Competing in the Next Economy

National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers

“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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Good Trouble, Podcast with King Boston

Good Trouble

Podcast with King Boston and the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center

President Johnson was recently featured as a guest on the Good Trouble podcast titled: Education Will Never Be the Same. The Western New England University President was inspired by his late uncle and namesake, Robert E. Johnson Jr., associate publisher and executive editor of JET Magazine and Morehouse classmate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to help others build the future through education. Having led multiple institutions of various sizes, Dr. Johnson has an informed view of higher ed in a post-pandemic era. He shared his views on the future of learning and how we can be a part of a whole new world.

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2021 National Council of Competitiveness

2021 National Competitiveness Forum

Dr. Robert Johnson's appearance as part of the Council on Competitiveness “2021 National Competitiveness Forum” (NCF) from December 16, 2021.

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

Interview with University Business Magazine

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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Podcast with Glenn Llopis

Personalization Outbreak

Podcast with Glenn Llopis

President Johnson was featured as a guest on the Personalization Outbreak podcast titled: Value Creation as a Mantra in Higher Ed. In this episode, Robert Johnson, President of Western New England University, discussed why higher education institutions need to adapt the way they are preparing students to find jobs that don't exist and solve problems we haven't yet identified.

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