About George R. Johnson Jr.
Dean, Elon University School of Law

Juris Doctorate: Columbia University, 1976
Bachelor of Arts: Amherst College, 1973

George R. Johnson Jr. has served as legal counsel in the office of the President of the United States and in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a college president, and twice as dean of academic affairs in U.S. law schools.

  • George Johnson has extensive experience and expertise in administrative law, contract law, government affairs, education and nonprofit management.  
  • He has worked with and assisted a broad range of colleges and universities, financial institutions, governmental entities and business professionals.
  • Johnson served from 1979 to 1981 as assistant general counsel in the executive office of the President of the United States during the Carter administration, and as assistant counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs, from 1977 to 1979.
  • Johnson served as a professor in the School of Law at George Mason University, and as associate dean for academic affairs and professor at Howard University’s School of Law, where he regularly taught courses in administrative law, constitutional law and contracts.
  • Johnson served six years as President of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Johnson has served on the board of trustees/directors of Amherst College, the United Negro College Fund, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Amistad Research Center, the Economic Club of Memphis, and Universal Life Insurance Company.
  • In addition, he has been a board member of several other prominent nonprofit organizations, including the Memphis Arts Council, WKNO Public Broadcasting Companies, the Memphis Zoological Society, the Memphis Redbirds Foundation, and Soulsville USA.   
  • Johnson is a frequent consultant and speaker for colleges, churches and other organizations on such matters as governance and leadership, academic planning, diversity and topics in constitutional and administrative law.
  • Johnson received his baccalaureate degree, cum laude, from Amherst College, and his law degree from Columbia University.
  • He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and a Fellow of the American Bar Association. 
  • Johnson is also a member of Epsilon Boule of Sigma Pi Phi and Mu Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. 
  • He is married to Linda J. Morris, M.D., and they have an adult son.