Howard Wesley Johnson


Howard Wesley Johnson
12th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In office
Preceded byJulius Adams Stratton
Succeeded byJerome Wiesner
Personal details
Born(1922-07-02)July 2, 1922
Chicago, Illinois
DiedDecember 12, 2009(2009-12-12) (aged 87)
Lexington, Massachusetts
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
DisciplineBusiness management
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Howard Wesley Johnson (July 2, 1922 – December 12, 2009) was a U.S. educator. He served as dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management between 1959 and 1966, president of MIT between 1966 and 1971, and chairman of the MIT Corporation (the university's board of trustees) from 1971 to 1983.[1]

Education and early career

Johnson graduated in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in business from Central College in Chicago. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and returned to earn a master's degree in economics at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1948 to 1955. He joined the MIT faculty as an associate professor of management in 1955.[1]

Selected works

  • Holding the Center: Memoirs of a Life in Higher Education, MIT Press, 2001. ISBN 0-262-60044-7


  1. ^ a b Dennis Hevesi, "Howard W. Johnson, 87, M.I.T. President," The New York Times, December 22, 2009, p. B11.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Julius Adams Stratton
President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1966 – 1971
Succeeded by
Jerome Wiesner