Meet the Staff: Neil Johnson

Have you applied to or enrolled in a program offered by Taft University? Our Chief Academic Officer and President Dr. Neil Johnson provided the final review on your application.

At Taft University, Neil has worked as a curriculum developer, Chief Academic Officer, and now President. If you have ever had the pleasure of speaking to him on the phone you know how passionate he is about education. What he loves about Taft’s mission and programs, is the focus on our students. Taft University cares about providing quality education and making it accessible and affordable for busy professionals.

How did he get into the world of academia? Neil first became interested in psychology in high school, which developed into a focus on psychological research during his undergraduate studies. He went on to get a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. After that, he completed post-doctorate studies in Clinical Psychology at Denver University School of Professional Psychology and earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Colorado State University.

After school, Neil completed a tour of duty in the US Army before working for the Department of Defense as a research psychologist in military aviation. Seven years later, he was recruited by United Airlines to come back to his home state of Colorado as a Training Development Specialist and Flight Engineer.

United sent him as executive on loan to the Johnson Space Center where he assisted in development of astronaut and flight controller training for space shuttle operations.

Before coming to Taft University, Neil was Chief Academic Officer at Aspen University and National Director of Training for Colorado Aerotech. He has also served as Professor of Psychology for nationally and regionally accredited colleges.

Growing up on a ranch near Grand Junction, CO, Neil has an affinity for the mountains and outdoor activities, including fly fishing and hunting. A lot of his time growing up was spent on the Grand Mesa, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and what is now known as the Flat Tops Wilderness in western Colorado. Despite being back in his home state, he still misses living and working in the mountains.

Keeping with the trend of a pet-friendly office in Denver, Neil had an Airedale terrier named J.D. and a Yorkshire terrier named Boss. Both have since gone to terrier heaven, but there are still many stories to share in the office. Outside of work, he enjoys flying, sailing, and woodworking.


To contact Neil: johnson@taft.edu

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