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Residence Hall

Johnson Dorm

Job Position

Academic Vice President


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Creation Date

Winter 2024


Dr. Clifford Johnson came to Cedarville in 1962 with a degree in education, first serving as Registrar and Director of Admissions. He was tasked with developing the teacher education program so that Cedarville could eventually receive regional accreditation. Dr. Johnson set up an agreement with Central State University that allowed Cedarville students to initially obtain their teaching certificates from CSU along with a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville. He continued to oversee the accreditation process until Cedarville received full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975. Upon the death of Dr. Clifford Maddox in 1965, Dr. Johnson was appointed Academic Vice President, a position he held until he stepped down in 1987. He continued to serve as Assistant to the President until his official retirement in 2003. During World War II, Dr. Johnson enlisted in the army and became a P-61 Black Widow night fighter pilot. Johnson Hall was named in honor of Dr. Johnson in 1999.

Source: Barbara Loach, Cedarville University: Defining Legacies