The Johnson University System is governed by one Board of Trustees and one president, Dr. Gary Weedman. The University is comprised of eight academic schools, each led by a dean reporting to the vice president for academic affairs/provost, Dr. L. Thomas "Tommy" Smith Jr.
Dr. Gary E. Weedman
Gary E. Weedman is the sixth president of Johnson University, beginning his tenure on July 1, 2007. He formerly served as senior vice president of TCM International Institute in Heiligenkreuz, Austria; provost at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida; and vice president for academic affairs and dean at Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
Dr. Weedman was born in Evansville, Indiana, and spent the early years of his life in Fairfield, Illinois, where he graduated from high school in 1961. He graduated from Johnson University with an A.B. degree in 1964. He received his M.A. degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, in 1967, and his doctorate from Indiana University in 1971. He has also studied at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Dr. Weedman's teaching and administrative duties include: associate professor of Greek and homiletics at Johnson University, 1969-1976; assistant dean of interdisciplinary studies at Lincoln Christian College, 1976-1982; academic dean at Lincoln Christian College, 1982-1987. He continues as an adjunct professor of religious studies with TCM International Institute, teaching in the areas of hermeneutics and New Testament.
In the past, Dr. Weedman has served in various other ministry and educational settings. From November 1968 to June 1969, Weedman served as the founding campus minister of the Indiana University Campus Christian Ministry. He served as minister of the Maple Grove Christian Church, Bloomington, Indiana, from 1966-68. Previous to that he served as minister to the Burnside Christian Church, Burnside, Illinois, from 1964-66. He taught speech communication at Indiana University from 1966-69.
He is a past member of the American Association for Higher Education, the National Association of Core Curriculum (serving as past president of the latter group), and the local Kiwanis Club. He has traveled in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Japan, and China, serving as guest lecturer in seminaries and colleges in Romania, Moldova, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Japan, Uzbekistan, and Great Britain. He has written a number of articles and books and recently made a presentation at the International Society of Biblical Literature in Groningen, the Netherlands.
He is married to the former Janis Morgan, a graduate of Johnson University and the University of Tennessee, and the daughter of Russell and Jean Morgan, who served the University for over 25 years. The Weedmans have four sons – Mark (Michelle), Matthew (Rachel), Micah (Jo Ellen), Joshua (Vanessa) – and 10 grandchildren.
Dr. Michael Chambers
Michael L. Chambers was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but grew up in the Midwest, attending public schools in and around Lincoln, Illinois. Dr. Chambers served as academic dean at St. Louis Christian College for the last nine years, where he was also executive vice president. He formerly was a member of the faculty of Florida Christian College and served as the institution’s first dean of students. An ordained minister, he held located ministries in Collinsville and Springfield, Illinois, before moving to Florida in 1979. He earned the B.A. from Lincoln Christian College, the M.A. and the M.Div. degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary and completed a doctoral residency and research for a dissertation in philosophy at the University of Florida. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy from Warnborough University in England. A published author, Dr. Chambers has served as visiting professor at Cincinnati Christian Seminary and St. Louis Christian College. He is a member of the governing boards of the Consortium for Urban Religious Education in St. Louis, Missouri, and Pioneer Bible Translators in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Chambers and his wife Pamela have three married children—Christopher (Nicki), Cara (Jason), and Rachel (Jeff)—and are the thankful grandparents of seven grandchildren.
The Board of Trustees
Chairman L.D. Campbell, Retired Minister
Vice Chairman Ralph D. Carnathan, Economic Development Consultant
Secretary Jeff Whitlock, Senior Minister
Martha Raile Alligood, Professor and Educational Consultant
Greenville, North Carolina
W. Perry Bailey, Retired Corporate Executive
Jim Book, Senior Minister
Jeff Case, Business Owner and Educator
Carol Clifford, Retired Travel Consultant
Kenny Funk, Vice President, Merchandise Planning
Gregory J. Grant, Senior Minister
Drew Mentzer, Senior Minister
Sam Widener, Business Owner
Johnson City, Tennessee
Richard E. Woods, Engineering Consultant and Educator
Ex Officio: Gary E. Weedman, President of Johnson University
Legal Counsel: Paul T. Coleman, Attorney