Dr. Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson, Ed.D.

Lanna and Bob Hatton Rural Community Leadership Professor

Clinical Professor of Education

Office: Harrington Academic Hall 316J
Phone: 806-651-2034

Professional Profile

Dr. Brad Johnson was named clinical professor of educational leadership in the Terry B Rogers College of Education in 2022.  He has served at every level of administration during his 28 years in higher education.  Beginning his educator career path as a counselor/advisor in 1994, he became director, dean, vice president and then president within the community college sector.  Most recently, he has served for 5 years as vice president of strategic relations at West Texas A&M University. In that capacity he has personally visited every community college district in Texas, and numerous colleges in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico.

During his educational career, Johnson has managed departments and divisions, navigated accreditation and reaffirmation, driven growth and led organizational change.  He has advocated at the state and national levels, managed budgets, and opened/closed various academic programs.  Further, he successfully led his colleges in tax cap and bond elections, completed a college-wide campus renovation and new buildings, and developed significant partnerships with other colleges and high schools.

Johnson received his Bachelor of General Studies and Master of Education (Counseling) from West Texas A&M University.  He received a second Master of Education (Higher Educational Leadership) from Texas Tech University and earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Johnson has been engaged in teaching throughout his professional career, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as providing professional development for psychotherapists across Texas. 

Dr. Johnson has held numerous leadership roles including the executive committee for the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community and Technical College Formula Advisory Committee, chair of the eLearning Committee for TACC, and as a member of the Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends (American Association of Community Colleges).

Research and Creative Activity 

Johnson’s research interests are decidedly ‘practitioner-oriented’ and have included evaluating the risks associated with CEO jobs, impact of dual credit on higher education, and efficacy of particular student service models.