GVSU names director at Center for Philanthropy


Jerry Johnson. Courtesy GVSU

A two-time Fulbright Scholar is the new director at the Community Research Institute at Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Jerry Johnson has served as interim director at the institute since May 2012, and he's now officially its director, beginning this month.

“I sort of got a running start since I’ve been here for a year,” Johnson said. “It’s been something we’ve talked about over the last year. Now that it’s done, I feel happy about it. We do important work in the community, and I feel glad to be leading our team.”

Human services background

With more than 30 years of experience in human services, Johnson has served as an assistant professor at GVSU’s School of Social Work since 1997.

Previously, he's been the director at the Center for Family Development, director of adolescent services at the Grand Rapids-based Project Rehab and a consultant to USAID and UNDP.

Johnson is also the author of 10 books, and he co-authored eight of them with George Grant, Jr., GVSU’s dean of the College of Community and Public Service. 

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