Annual Report

Annual Report 2014 CoverJohnston Named 22nd President
of Rio Grande

The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College announced the appointment of Michelle R. Johnston, Ph.D., as its 22nd president on Sept. 2.

Johnston, the second female president in the 138-year history of the institution, assumed her duties on Sept. 29 with a three-year contract.

“I am honored, humbled and extremely excited to be joining the ranks of Rio Grande,” Johnston said. “The hearts and minds at Rio are focused on students; My interests and passions have revolved around ‘students first’ through every step of my career. My hope is that this shared purpose will be the springboard from which we reach unprecedented success.”

Johnston was selected following a six-month national search by both the URG and RGCC Board of Trustees. Rio Grande formed a joint Presidential Search Commission and hired AGB Search to coordinate the effort, which produced 39 qualified applicants.

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