Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, Sr., M.Ed

Chiropractic and Civil Rights: A Paralleled Struggle

Michael Allen Johnson, Sr. (Dean Johnson) is the Dean of Student Affairs at Parker University. He was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he earned a Master of Education degree in Counselor, a second Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Michael is currently completing his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Northcentral University.

During his undergraduate tenure at NAU, Michael was elected the first African American class President in his institution’s history. Directly after completing his undergraduate studies, Michael began his 15-year career in higher education, working in recruiting and admissions at his alma mater. Since then, Michael has worked in both public four-year and private proprietary and non-profit institutions. He has significant experience in academic affairs and student affairs and has been serving in a Dean-level capacity for the past seven years.

Michael is a regional and national award-winning speaker on topic of student retention and engagement. He has delivered keynote addresses at several university graduations and convocations. Michael routinely provides diversity training to university faculty, staff and students. He also speaks to every first-trimester chiropractic class on the parallels between the Chiropractic profession and the Civil Rights Movement. Michael also delivered a TED Talk in April 2010 titled, “Love without intention and incentive.”

“You must Love before you can lead. You must serve before you can save.” That quote is the foundation of Michael’s philosophy on educational leadership.

Michael has two children; a 13-year-old daughter named Zion Faith and a 9-year-old son named Michael Jr.