South Carolina State University Board of Trustees Member to Open Fall 2011 Executive Speaker Series

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gen. Walter F. Johnson

A tradition for more than 14 years, SC State’s Executive Speaker Series (ESS) exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.  The successful series will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at noon in Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium with executive speaker, Walter F. Johnson III, retired brigadier general, businessman and member of South Carolina State University’s Board of Trustees. Based on his 2010 book entitled “I Can Do That,” Johnson’s topic will be “Spiritual Guides to Entrepreneurship: A Personal Success Story.”

Johnson is the former chairman of Eagle Group International, Inc., a full-service consulting firm with major civilian, federal and international practices.  Within 10 years, Johnson led Eagle Group from a start up family operation to a successful enterprise with over $150 million in yearly revenue and more than 1,500 personnel in 30 states and seven foreign countries.

In the early 90’s, Johnson became the first president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, headquartered in Chicago, Ill. Organized by Johnson to assist the American Hospital Association, the American College of Health Services Executives and the National Association of Health Services Executives, the organization expands leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management.  Johnson later took on the added responsibility of attracting minorities to the health services administration career field.

Prior to this presidency position, Johnson served as senior vice president with the American Hospital Association, (AHA)  and was responsible for relations with the 50 state associations and 43 metropolitan councils/associations, membership recruitment and retention and the AHA regional office operations.  Previously, Johnson was director of the AHA's region seven operations, which includes Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.  While running region seven operations, Johnson received the AHA's Service Leader Award for devising a recruitment program that resulted in a record number of new hospital members.

Johnson served in the military for 27 years, where he attained the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, the highest grade that could be achieved in the Medical Service Corps at that time. Johnson was the first African-American and the youngest individual ever selected to serve as chief of the Medical Service Corps.  At retirement, Johnson was serving as director of Army Worldwide Health Care Operations and simultaneously as chief of the Medical Service Corps which included 31 different medical specialties. Upon retirement, Johnson received the Army's highest award for achievement, the Distinguished Service Medal.

Johnson currently holds positions with several organizations to include: Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (member); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (member); Georgetown Rotary (member); AMIKIDS-Georgetown Board (chairman); AMIKIDS National Board (member); AMIKIDS Foundation Board (chairman); Georgetown County Economic Development Commission (vice-chairman); Georgetown Health System Board (member); Georgetown Hospital Board (member); Charleston Promise Neighborhood Board (member); Allen University Board of Trustees (member); Horry Georgetown County Technical Foundation Board (member); Brookgreen Gardens Board (member) and the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board (member).

He is a former member of Virginia State University’s Foundation Board; Butler Street YMCA Board-Atlanta; Georgetown Country Mentor Board; Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Board; Teach My People Board; Coastal Community Foundation Board and St. James Santee Health Center, Inc. Board.  He is the former chairman of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Board and former co-vice chairman of the Clara Barton Society, Georgetown Red Cross. 

Johnson is a recipient of the Order of The Palmetto and a recipient of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime of Leadership Award.  He was also named a South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development.

A graduate of West Virginia State University, Johnson earned his master's degree at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and received advanced training at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Johnson is married to Doris Wright Johnson. They have six children and 14 grandchildren.
For more information on the Executive Speaker Series, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, program coordinator, at (803) 516-4864.