POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association recently honored David E. Johnson, a member of the Class of 1977, with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
The award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has made exceptional contributions to the Alumni Association or the school, SUNY Potsdam said in a statement.
"Johnson was honored for his deep, abiding love for SUNY Potsdam, including 17 years of service as a Foundation Board trustee, as well his service to our country," the statement says.
Johnson studied vocal music education at Potsdam and was a member of Delta Kappa Theta fraternity, a disc jockey for the WRPS radio station, a member of the rock band Sceptre, a residence hall director and a member of various Crane performing groups. He earned both bachelor's and a master's degrees in music education from The Crane School of Music. Johnson later went on to earn a master of education degree from South Dakota State University and a doctorate in education from Indiana University-Bloomington. He is a lifelong educator, having worked as a teacher, adjunct professor, educational assessment and program evaluation expert, and educational administrator, in New York, Indiana, Texas and Arizona, according to SUNY Potsdam.
Along with being an educator, Johnson is also a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel. He served as an active duty member and reservist for almost 35 years. He served in diverse critical settings and capacities during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, SUNY Potsdam said.
Johnson was appointed to the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees in 1997, and later served as vice president and chair of the development committee. During his tenure on the board, he has shared his strategic planning, institutional advancement and data analysis expertise, in planning and executing three successful comprehensive campaigns, including the current Take the Lead Campaign, according to SUNY Potsdam.