Pellissippi State names new vice president for Student Affairs

Pellissippi State Community College has named Rushton Johnson Jr. the new vice president for Student Affairs. He will oversee Admissions, Advising, Counseling, Career Services, Disability Services and Student Life, among other areas.

Dr. Rushton Johnson
Dr. Rushton Johnson

Johnson has spent more than 20 years working in higher education for a number of institutions. He replaces Rebecca Ashford, who left the college last year to serve as president of Chattanooga State Community College.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Johnson join us at Pellissippi State,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “He brings a great deal of experience and expertise and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student success. This leadership will benefit our students from the time they apply through the time they graduate.”

Most recently, Johnson served for six years as vice president of Student Affairs at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Ga. He has served as executive director of Student Life at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore., and dean of Student Life/assistant to the vice president of Student Affairs at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., as well as colleges in Mississippi and Alabama.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College, his master’s degree in counseling from Jacksonville State University and his doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Alabama. He is currently working on a master’s in general management from Harvard University.