Johnson Spotlight: Kevin O'Brien

What is your title/position at Johnson University?

Director of Alumni and Public Relations

How long have you worked at Johnson University?

Kevin O'Brien Eleven years. I began on January 2, 2003

What is your favorite food?

Grilled hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs...and doughnuts

What are your hobbies?

Lawn care and landscape maintenance

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

At the risk of sounding greedy one million just isn’t enough. First I would make sure my grandchildren could go to college. Second, I would fulfill a desire to provide Johnson University Tennessee a fine arts facility with a full theatrical stage, huge auditorium, perfect acoustics, blow your mind A/V/L systems, and a trust fund to keep everything state of the art. I’m thinking $35-40MM will suffice.

What is one interesting fact about yourself?

Two friends and I built a wood frame house in the jungle of Papua New Guinea for a couple doing Bible translation.

What is the best gift you ever received?

I received an envelope containing 5 checks, from five couples, totaling $1,200. That total was the exact amount needed to bring our first born child home from the hospital. No one knew the need but God and my wife, Donna.

What is your favorite quote/scripture?

Philippians 4:6-9 (excerpts)
Don’t worry about anything; but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving; present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends man’s ability to understand, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. And one final thing, focus your attention on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise … and the God of peace will be with you.



Thank you so much for sharing and thank you for all you do! JUTN would not be the place it is without you, Kevin!


story and photo submitted by Gretchen Robards ('14)

Posted: 4/1/2014 2:12:59 PM


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