George Mason President Emeritus George Johnson to Receive Honorary Degree

Posted: February 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason President Emeritus George W. Johnson, president of the university from 1978 to 1996, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters tomorrow from the College of William and Mary at the college’s annual Charter Day ceremony celebrating public service in Virginia.

Johnson is one of four individuals being honored at the celebration, which marks the 311th anniversary of the college’s founding by royal charter. Other honorees are Virginia Sen. John Chichester, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David B. McKiernan, and James Madison University President Emeritus Ronald E. Carrier.

The college’s web site highlighted some of Johnson’s major accomplishments: leading George Mason University from its status as a small liberal arts college into a nationally recognized institution; advancing the economic development of Northern Virginia by pairing the region’s strengths and needs with those of the university; and helping to establish the Northern Virginia Roundtable, an influential business and civic organization.

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