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Dr. Daniel W. Johnson was named the third full-time president of Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) in 2008. Dr. Johnson is honored to lead a special mission and ministry within the higher education landscape, one that offers academic excellence rooted in Christ, promotes spiritual growth, and prepares men and women for lives of Christian leadership as they embark upon 21st century careers and influence their families, churches, communities, and workplaces.
A lifelong educator, Dr. Daniel W. Johnson understands the importance of a quality, Christ-centered education. Prior to joining WLC, he served in a number of K-12 educational settings as an educator and administrator in schools throughout the nation including in Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
Dr. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in education from Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Johnson joined Wisconsin Lutheran College in October 2008. God has richly blessed his efforts and those of WLC's leaders, faculty, and staff. During his tenure, Wisconsin Lutheran College has:
Dr. Johnson was elected by his presidential colleagues to the Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) and served as president of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC).
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Johnson, D. W. (2017, August). Millennials: Their Questions - Our Opportunities. Presentation at the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Faculty and Staff In-Service Meeting. Appleton, WI.
Johnson, D.W. (2017, April). Interview: Former President George W. Bush. Divine Servant Award Celebration. Milwaukee, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2017, March). Millennials: Their Questions - Our Opportunities. Presentation at the Association of Lutheran High Schools Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2017, January). Collaboration to Reduce Costs, Increase Efficiencies, and Sharpen Identity. Presentation at the Council of Independent Colleges President's Institute. Orlando, FL.
Johnson, D. W. (2016, October). Christ Be Our Leader. Presentation at the Wisconsin Lutheran State Teachers' Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2016, February). Sustainability of Lutheran Schools. Presentation at the Northern Wisconsin District Teachers' Conference. Brillion, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2015, January). Effective Strategies for Success with Adult Learners. Presentation at the Council of Independent Colleges President's Institute. San Diego, CA.
Johnson, D. W. (2014, March). Engaging and Preparing Millennials for Lives of Christian Leadership. Presentation at the Northern Wisconsin District Seminars for Christian Service. Appleton, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2013, May). Servant Leadership - Be an Assist-Maker. Presentation at the WI Servant Leadership Forum. Milwaukee, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2013, January). Our Ministry - Our Calling. Presentation at the Urban Ministry Conference. Brookfield, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2012, August). Developing a Culture of Care and Concern. Presentation at Manitowoc Lutheran High School. Manitowoc, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2012, February). Excellence in Sustainability. Presentation at Morning Star Lutheran School. Jackson, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2012, February). Developing a Culture of Care and Concern. Presentation at Men of His Word Conference. Oshkosh, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2011, September). Excellence in Sustainability. Presentation at St. Croix Lutheran High School. Saint Paul, MN.
Johnson, D. W. (2010, October). Leadership - By All and For All. Presentation to the WELS North Central High School Teachers' Conference. Watertown, SD.
Johnson, D. W. (2010, September). Excellence in Sustainability. Presentation to the Lakeside Lutheran High School Federation. Lake Mills, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2010, August). Excellence in Sustainability. Presentation to the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Federation. Appleton, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2010, February). Excellence in Sustainability. Presentation to the Association of Lutheran High Schools. Brookfield, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2010, January). What Makes a Good Christian School. Presentation to the Lakes Lutheran Principals' Conference. Somers, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2009, November). Qualities, Declared Initiatives, and Programs That Impact the Enrollment of Christian Elementary Schools. Presentation to the AZ-CA Teachers' Conference. Phoenix, AZ.
Johnson, D. W. (2009, October). Recruitment and Retention in Lutheran Schools. Presentation at the WALE Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2009, April). Amazing Grace - Amazing Place. Inaugural Address at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Wauwatosa, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2009, March). Christian Education: A New Perspective. Presentation to the Barnabas Group. Wauwatosa, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2009, January). Christian Education Today. Presentation at the Kingdom Workers Retreat. Phoenix, AZ.
Johnson, D. W. (2008, June). Cost-Based Tuition/Need-Based Aid: WELS Case Studies. Presentation at the WELS National School Leadership Conference. Brookfield, WI.
Johnson, D. W. (2008). Qualities, Declared Initiatives, and Programs That Impact the Enrollment of Christian Elementary Schools. (Doctoral Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University).
Johnson, D. W. (2000, February). Heroes of Faith - Isaiah. Paper presented at the 2000 Black Canyon Delegate Conference in Ahwatukee, AZ.
Johnson, D. W. (1996). Thematic Teaching of High School Geography. (Master's Thesis, National Louis University).
Mr. Pete Aisbet (Chair)
Mr. Steven Boettcher Hartland, Wisconsin
Mr. Matt Burow Slinger, Wisconsin
Rev. James Buske
Mr. Gary Drska Muskego, Wisconsin
Mr. Bruce Eberle
Rev. Jonathan Enter
South St. Paul, Minnesota
Dr. Gerald Fischer Bethesda, Maryland
Mrs. Patricia Freer Fremont, Wisconsin
Mr. Steve Granberg Appleton, Wisconsin
Dr. Terry Gueldner Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Mr. Charles Kluenker Roseville, California
Rev. Carlos Leyrer Doral, Florida
Dr. R. Bowen Loftin Columbia, Missouri
Mr. Jamie Luehring
Rev. Jeremy Mattek
Mr. Mark Neumann
Rev. Jared Oldenburg
Castle Rock, Colorado
Mr. Greg Patterson
Mr. Tom Plath Germantown, Tennessee
Mr. Kent Raabe
Dr. William Raasch Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Mr. Jim Reinert Parkville, Missouri
Mr. Paul Scriver Kansasville, Wisconsin
Dr. Zach Shiels
Mrs. Chellee Siewert
Big Bend, Wisconsin
Mr. C. Daniel Stefferud Redondo Beach, California
Dr. Gary Stimac The Woodlands, Texas
Mr. Lawrence Totsky Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Mrs. Debra Waller
Dr. Ronald White Fort Myers, Florida
Mr. Mark Wrightsman
Dr. Daniel W. Johnson
Dr. John D. Kolander
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Vice President of Development and Strategic Initiatives
Vice President of Student Life
Vice President of Finance
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