CIU Alumnus Named Commissioner of Alaska Education Department

June 21, 2016

Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Michael Johnson has been named Alaska’s new education commissioner. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from CIU in 1994, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from CIU in 1997.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker says that he is “pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Johnson,” as a new member of his cabinet.

“As a longtime educator, administrator, and the president of the Alaska Superintendents Association/Alaska Council of School Administrators, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position,” Walker said.

As for Johnson, he says “it is an honor” to be named commissioner.

“I am eager to work with Alaska’s outstanding educators to support their work in the classroom,” Johnson said.

Read more about Johnson’s appointment at the website of the Juneau Empire.  

In 2013, Johnson wrote “A Thank You Letter to CIU from Alaska” published in “Connection” magazine. Read how CIU helped shape him into the educator he is today at this link