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Jay Johnson

Director, George V. Voinovich Academy for Excellence in Public Service

Colonel Jay Johnson is a lecturer and director of the George V. Voinovich Academy for Excellence in Public Service located at Ohio University's Dublin Campus. Jay joined the Voinovich School with more than 30 years of government/military experience with an extensive background as a Marine Corps officer collaborating with interagency and international organizations in several executive level leadership positions.

Jay’s career in the Marine Corps focused on leadership development and team building across a wide spectrum of organizational levels. This also included developing and leading our young men and women who are serving our nation to become agile, adaptive and innovative leaders. His prior position was one of the executive directors at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College where he advised and mentored more than 1,300 students (including students from more than 100 international countries and numerous interagency government students) on a range of complex issues and global challenges they will face as future mid-level managers.

In addition to his military experience, Jay has been a small group instructor and assistant professor teaching on a range of leadership and strategic level topics. He also served on several conference and committee panels dealing with curriculum development, advanced strategic leadership studies, security cooperation and national security.

Jay is a graduate of Ohio University receiving a bachelor's in criminal justice in 1986. He also holds master’s degrees in public administration from Webster University and national resource strategy from National Defense University (The Eisenhower School.) He is an active volunteer with the Toys for Tots and the Semper Fi Society, which supports wounded Marines. His hobbies and interests are physical fitness, military history and spending time with his family and friends.