Tonjanita Johnson Ph.D.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


Dr. Tonja Johnson serves as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the University of Alabama System and is the primary liaison to academic, student, institutional research and planning officials at UA, UAB and UAH. She also advises the Chancellor on academic and student policy matters and provides primary leadership in program planning, development, and review. Additionally, she serves as the System’s liaison to the Alabama departments of Education and Postsecondary Education and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
Prior to joining the UAS leadership team, Dr. Johnson served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Tennessee System. Over the course of her tenure, she had executive oversight of several system-level offices and processes, including Academic Affairs and Student Success, Institutional Research, Human Resources, Facilities Planning and Capital Projects, Communications and Marketing, Strategic Planning and system-wide diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives, just to name a few. Having served as a cabinet-level administrator for nearly 20 years, Dr. Johnson has also held administrative and faculty appointments at a diverse set of other institutions, including the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Middle Tennessee State University and Mississippi Valley State University.
Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D., in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University (MS), where she was an Ayers Fellow in the Jake Ayers Institute for Urban Research. She also completed the Institute for Education Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and earned post-baccalaureate certification in construction management from Louisiana State University. A 20-year charter member of the University of Alabama Library Leadership Board, Dr. Johnson currently serves as a member of the international Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where she is also chair of the Committee on the Profession.