Robert Johnson came to UNC Charlotte in 1994 as department chair for Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science in the William States Lee College of Engineering, after 17 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois. He assumed the deanship in 2000, succeeding Robert Snyder, who retired after 23 years at the helm of the college.
After more than two decades, Johnson is stepping down from “the best dean job in America,” and he will start a one-year National Academy of Science Jefferson Fellowship in Washington D.C. As part of the fellowship, he will work with the State Department’s Bureau of Ocean and Sciences, Office of Space and Advanced Technologies.
Johnson made the most of the possibilities at UNC Charlotte. He helped Lee College reach record levels of enrollment and research, add new programs and construct new buildings.