Alumni News

Henry Johnson (M.A.T. ’74) becomes New Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

Henry Johnson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2005, as the new assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.  His main focus will be working with states to help raise achievement levels for all children and to help close the achievement gap.

Johnson previously served as associate state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and as state superintendent of education for the Mississippi Department of Education.  During his career, he also has been a public school teacher, a principal and a middle school director.  He also worked as director of policy development and research for the North Carolina School Board Association.

In addition to a master’s degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, Johnson holds a baccalaureate degree from Livingstone College and a doctoral degree in education from North Carolina State University.