Levester “LJ” Johnson believes technology needs to be part of your toolkit in Higher Education. As he shares, it is the accent and value-add of what you do. As the new Vice President of Student Affairs at Illinois State University, LJ is “All In” to engage with students, parents and the entire campus community on and offline. Recently experiencing a campus and position change, LJ shares the science of that transition. Not just moving, giving away countless campus apparel items, and starting a new job, but also being intentional with his highly recognized brand on Twitter. His social media pages, as well as the podcast interview, give a Day in the Life of this VP and inspiration to be true to yourself every day.
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More about LJ
Dr. Levester Johnson, better known as L.J. to colleagues and friends, became the Vice President for Student Affairs in July of 2016. Johnson comes to ISU with over 30 years of experience within student affairs including 20 years as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Butler University. Within his campus leadership roles, L.J. has demonstrated a commitment to campus safety and student well-being through fostering environments which empower students and campus community members to engage in healthy behaviors, to support others trying to do the same, and to look out for one another. He has a strong track record for advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives.
He has held numerous leadership positions within professional organizations including NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education where he served as the first Chair of the Board of Directors and was recognized as a Pillar of the Profession. A native of Milwaukee, WI, L.J. holds a B.A. degree in broadcast communications from Marquette University, a M.S. degree in college student personnel from Southern Illinois University and an Ed.D. degree in higher education administration from Indiana University.
L.J. has also been recognized throughout Higher Education for his innovative and effective use of social media in engaging campus communities. His Twitter account @LevesterJohnson has been recognized within NASPA’s Leadership Exchange magazine as well as bachelorsdegree.org’s “25 College Presidents You Should Follow on Twitter” list. He is often asked to speak on the topic of social media including presentations at the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland (CSSI) International conference; the Annual International Forum on Student Affairs in Mexico; and the NASPA Mid-level and New Professionals Conference. Versions of his popular campus “Tweet Treats” have been replicated on college campuses throughout the country.
About Josie and The Podcast
In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist – digital leadership author, researcher and speaker – connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders but also laugh as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.
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