Former K-State dean named president of Nevada university

By The Mercury

A Manhattan man will be inaugurated as the 16th president of the University of Nevada, Reno Sept. 28.

Marc Johnson, a former dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State whose mother still lives here, will be formally installed as president during ceremonies at the campus. Johnson was named president by the university’s Board of Regents in April after serving as interim president for the previous year.

“It is a high honor to have been given this opportunity,” Johnson said.

Johnson joined the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 as executive vice president and provost. Prior to that he was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University. He joined Colorado State in 2003 as vice provost for agriculture and outreach and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and also served as interim director Colorado Cooperative Extension and interim state forester of Colorado State Forest Service, both of which are hosted through Colorado State.

From 1992 to 2003, Johnson was dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture and director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to that, he was a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State University and served in faculty and administrative roles at North Carolina State University. He began his career in higher education as a laboratory and instructional assistant at the Kansas State Teachers College.

Johnson is married to Karen Penner-Johnson, who grew up and attended high school in Manhattan. Penner-Johnson is a graduate of Kansas State, where she received her bachelor’s degree in home economics and liberal arts and her master’s degree in food and nutrition services.

Johnson has one son, Joseph, and two step-daughters, Ashley Penner Coberly and Allison Penner Disbrow. He is the son of Mary Elizabeth Johnson, who lives in Manhattan.

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