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Mike Johnston

Executive Assistant to the President

Michael Johnston joined Chico State in May 2019 to provide direct support to the President. From 2016-2019, he served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He served in various executive staff roles in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to his time in federal service, Johnston served as operations coordinator for the chemistry and environmental sciences department at American University. He began his career in higher education serving as a program specialist at Georgetown University, where he assisted in the program management of professional education in the School of Continuing Studies. Mike is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Shippensburg University, a professional certificate in project management from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree of public administration from American University.

Portrait of Mike Johnston