Kathy Johnson, Ph.D.


University of New Orleans

Dr. Kathy Johnson was appointed the President of the University of New Orleans in September 2023.

Previously, Dr. Johnson served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a core campus of Indiana University and the state’s urban research and academic health sciences campus. She is a professor of psychology and has previously served as Dean of University College and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, where she led the creation of a Division of Undergraduate Education as well as a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of the undergraduate experience while also improving on-time graduation rates. She is trained as a cognitive developmental psychologist and has published extensively in scientific journals in areas related to expertise acquisition and conceptual development, serving as PI or Co-PI on a number of grants awarded through the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes for Health. Nationally, Dr. Johnson has served as past-president for the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), as Past-Chair of the Council on Academic Affairs for the Association of Public and Land Grant universities, and as a Fellow with Complete College America. She earned her doctorate in Psychology (Cognition and Development) at Emory University and her MS and BS in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.