The Johnson University mission is to educate students for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations. Explore our site to learn more about the JU mission, our academic programs, and student life on our campuses.



Coleman Pavilion, one of the beautiful spots at Johnson University TennesseeLearn more about the Tennessee campus

Our Tennessee campus sits on the banks of the French Broad River in south Knoxville. Students enjoy the rolling hills of this rural campus combined with close proximity to the fun and culture of downtown Knoxville and the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

The Chapman Center on the Johnson University Florida campusLearn more about the Florida campus

Our Florida campus is just minutes from some of the country’s biggest attractions, including Disney World, Universal Studios, and downtown Orlando. Students also love roadtripping to the beach – JUFL is just an hour from both Florida coasts.



Johnson University was founded in 1893 by Ashley and Emma Johnson, who served as the school’s first two presidents. From the beginning the University has been marked by strong leadership, a clear mission, and a focus on affordability.

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Johnson University president, Dr. Tommy Smith
Dr. L. Thomas Smith
Johnson University Florida executive vice president, Dr. Marvin Elliott
Dr. Marvin Elliott
Executive Vice PresidentJohnson University Florida

The President's Senior Leadership TEam

L. Thomas Smith Jr.
Cynthia T. Barnard
Vice President for Finance
Richard Clark
Vice President for Advancement
Marvin Elliott
Executive Vice President, JUFL
Andrew Frazier
Vice President for Student Life
Gregory Linton
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
Brandon Perry
Athletic Director
Wilbur Reid
Vice President for Campus Services
Lisa Tarwater
Chief Admissions Officer